Outdoor Activities in Oceanside

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!

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Downtown

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Downtown Oceanside is the perfect hangout spot to enjoy the city’s innate beach culture, outdoor dining scene, Historic Pier and surrounding beaches. Ride along Oceanside’s 3.5 miles of coastline on your own set of wheels and rent beach cruisers and surreys from Wheel Fun Rentals, bikes from SoCal Bike or thrilling electric scooters from Ride O’side! Shop like a local and explore the Thursday morning Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm along Pier View Way to enjoy produce from local farmers, food vendors and retailers. Fuel up and stop by a craft coffee shop to get a little caffeine boost and take a self-guided mural walking tour to see the collection of colorful street art scattered throughout the city. Cool down by jumping into the Pacific’s waves for a light swim or fishing off the Pier. Equipment rentals are readily available to enjoy a lively water sport like surfing, boogie boarding and stand-up paddle boarding.

Harbor

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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 GrillStratford 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 kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards!  

Inland

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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.”

Published: November 2, 2020
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