Outdoor Activities in Oceanside
Summer is in full swing in O’side which means it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and experience our beach city’s epic weather, vibrant neighborhoods and host of outdoor activities! Whether you’re looking to recharge and refuel with a lounging itinerary or embrace Oceanside’s fun recreational water sports and land adventures, the perfect day in O’side awaits you. Check out our top outdoor activities to explore in Oceanside that will allow you to take full advantage of the city’s bustling downtown, charming harbor and unique inland area attractions!
Enjoy Oceanside’s quaint New-England style Harbor Village, complete with shops, restaurants and a lighthouse! The Harbor is a charming spot to go on an ocean adventure by chartering a relaxing sailboat at sunset with Pacific Coast Sail Charters, embarking on a thrilling whale-watching expedition with Oceanside Adventures, or joining a sport fishing excursion hosted by Oceanside Sea Center or Helgren’s Sportfishing! While visiting the Harbor you can embrace a chill vibe by packing a picnic and taking in the picturesque view of docked sailboats while listening to our O’riginal sea lions barking and playing in the water. Taste the O’side flavors by indulging in beautiful outdoor dining at restaurants such as Lighthouse Oyster Bar and Grill, Stratford at the Harbor and Oceanside Broiler. You can also enjoy activities like fishing at the Small Craft Harbor Fishing Pier or some recreational fun in the sun by renting jet skis, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards!
Travel a bit further into Oceanside’s Inland Valley to experience a range of cultural and agricultural landmarks! Schedule a tee time at one of Oceanside’s premiere golf courses or take a gorgeous hike through Guajome Regional Park’s 4.5 miles of park trails surrounded by chaparral, woodlands, wetlands and mixed grasslands! While there, enjoy two fishing ponds, perfect for shoreline fishing, and open grass areas. Up for a ride? Ride a bike along the west side of the train tracks on Oceanside’s Coastal Rail Trail to enjoy ocean views and clock some miles while enjoying your vacation! For an unmatched view of the coast, the adventurous types can partake in a truly unique skydiving experience with Go Jump Oceanside or enjoy a birds eye view of SoCal on a Waverider Helicopter Tour. Also, don’t forget to visit Oceanside’s historic gem – Mission San Luis Rey de Francia’s gift shop to get a keepsake from California’s largest mission commonly referred to as the “King of the Missions.”