“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-Saturday, 9am-5pm

Please note, the Welcome Center is closed:

Dec. 16
Dec. 24-25
Dec. 31
Jan. 1

*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.


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Check out our new and improved space. You’ll be greeted by a fresh coastal-inspired boutique space, with local gifts and souvenirs. A new exhibition, The History of Skateboarding, showcases the progression of skating over the years through changing board styles and even includes boards from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and his professional skateboarder son Riley. Curated by Tracker Truck founder, donor of the custom skateboard display and Oceanside resident, Larry Balma. Find a 1977 Volkswagon Bug photo-op, California Surf Museum installation, Myles McGuinness surf mural and so much more!  


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, branded merchandise and collection of locally crafted gifts worthy of being displayed at home! This is a small sampling of what you will find when you visit us at the Welcome Center in Oceanside, CA. 

Discount Attraction Tickets

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Oceanside Adventures Boat
Africa Tram Safari Park

A trip to Southern California wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many famous attractions located within San Diego County. 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 sells the Go San Diego Explorer and All-Inclusive passes and tickets to major Southern California attractions including SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Old Town Trolley Tours, USS Midway Museum, Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises, and more. Give us a call or visit our E-Concierge online ticket sales platform for current Discount Attraction Ticket pricing at 760-721-1101.

Insider Information


Motorcoach Friendly

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Oceanside Family Reunion

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.