California Welcome Center – Oceanside

“Welcome to Oceanside!” is what you will hear as you enter our beautiful visitor center. The California Welcome Center in Oceanside receives more than 60,000 visitors each year and has a fantastic group of volunteers that are friendly and eager to provide helpful information and tips to you and your group when exploring Oceanside and the greater San Diego County.

The Welcome Center is a great resource to visitors and locals alike, providing helpful information on top things to do in Oceanside and around the state.  Additionally, the visitor center sells discount attraction tickets, local gifts, and souvenirs. 

928 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

*Closed Holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Subject to change without notice.

The California Welcome Center is currently open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. 

For inquiries contact the office via E-mail:

Discount Attraction Tickets

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Photo Credit: Smart Destinations

A trip to Southern California wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many famous attractions located within Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego. Whether you are coming from out of town or are a local resident and have family and friends visiting, the California Welcome Center – Oceanside is ready to help you! The California Welcome Center is a redemption location for the Go San Diego cards and available for purchase. Discounts are available to the major Southern California attractions including: LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Old Town Trolley Tours, USS Midway Museum, Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises, and more. View current Discount Attraction Ticket pricing.

Retail Store

California Welcome Center Oceanside Interior

More than just visitor information, did you know that the California Welcome Center – Oceanside features an in-house boutique boasting local artisan creations and Oceanside branded merchandise? The products offered are a great mixture of quick grabs for gifts, charming souvenirs, and high quality artisan goods worthy of being displayed at home! So next time you find yourself in downtown Oceanside be sure to stop by and check out all the Welcome Center has to offer, including these awesome products!

What you can find at the Welcome Center:

  • Oceanside branded merchandise
  • Beach inspired gifts and jewelry
  • Locally made: pottery, art, photography, candles and cards 
  • Toys and Coloring Books
  • Souvenir items: Magnets, Keychains, Postcards, Ornaments
  • Oceanside Historical and Children’s Books
  • Travel needs: beach towels, hats, luggage tags, apparel
  • Mikolich Family Honey

Motorcoach Friendly

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Bus Driver Incentive

Along with its spectacular scenic views, Oceanside is a welcome stop for any bus or tour group due to the variety of activities and attractions available. A delicious dining scene, bustling art community, and outdoor adventures aplenty- Oceanside is the perfect addition to your scheduled route and itinerary. 


Motorcoach drivers that bring 10 or more riders into the Welcome Center will receive a $20 gift card to a local Oceanside restaurant. Some restrictions may apply.


If you are looking for additional suggestions on things to do with your group, please contact one of our Group Travel team members for assistance.

Become A Volunteer

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Do you love Oceanside?  Do you love sharing local tips and suggestions with friends when they visit? Meet interesting people from all over the world and become friends with other volunteers when you serve as a volunteer at the California Welcome Center in Oceanside. To learn more, contact: Veronica Voorhees, Volunteer Coordinator, at or call 1-800-350-7873.

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