Oceanside Family Travel

Family Travel in Oceanside

It is time to unplug and reconnect with your family in Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore. With beautiful year-round weather, it is the perfect location for an enjoyable family vacation.  Relax in our beautiful beach town complete with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, Cape Cod-style Harbor, California’s longest wooden pier, Historic Mission and more! Oceanside is ideal for families looking to explore Southern California due to its central location to both Los Angeles and San Diego.  In just a short drive or train ride, you and your family can experience the best of Southern California- from the beaches to the vineyards, historical landmarks and major attractions; including: LEGOLAND California Resort, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego.

Planning a Family Reunion or traveling with multiple families? –  Let the local destination experts at Visit Oceanside help you save time and money with your family gathering by providing complimentary assistance with your group accommodations, activities for all ages, and event planning. Click here to read more about Group Family Travel.

Beaches in Oceanside


Oceanside Beaches

Oceanside is renowned for its wide, sandy beaches; enticing everyone to play in the sun, lounge under an umbrella or paddle out to ride the waves. Each beach location offers its own personality and charm. Discover what Oceanside Beach would be your perfect fit.
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Oceanside Harbor

Oceanside Harbor is one of the most picturesque spots in our city; complete with quaint village, recreational activities and sandy beaches. Locals will boast that Oceanside Harbor is indeed one of the most beautiful and undiscovered harbors on the Pacific Coast. Discover more about Oceanside Harbor!
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Family Fun at the Beach

After grabbing the beach towels, sunblock, snacks and water… Wondering what else you should bring for your fun day at the beach? Have you thoughts about inexpensive beach activity ideas? Look no further… Check out our blog sharing some of our favorite beach games perfect for the entire family.

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Water Activities


Surf & SUP Lessons

Oceanside is known for its consistent and world-class surf conditions. A trip to our beaches wouldn’t be complete without taking a Surf Lesson or SUP lesson from one of our local professionals. Learn all there is to know about the surf culture here in Oceanside.

Nautical Fun

Your water exploration isn’t limited to surfing and Stand-Up Paddle boarding… Enjoy an afternoon on the water while you kayak, Jet Ski, outrigger, scuba dive or even go sailing! There are Unlimited Water Activities available for you and your entire family to take advantage of right here in Oceanside.


Whale Watching

When traveling to Oceanside, Whale Watching is a MUST! Every year, gray whales pass through the coastal San Diego waters during the Winter, while blue whales travel during the Summer, giving you the opportunity to see these incredible creatures up close and personal year-round. Click to learn more about what you can expect during a Whale Watching excursion.

Outdoor Adventures

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Family Bike Rides

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Oceanside by bicycle! Oceanside is proud to be recognized as one of the only cities in San Diego County designated as a bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Take a ride down one of our bike trails, each known for unique scenery and endurance levels.
Fishing in Oceanside


Looking to get out on the water and catch a few fish while you visit? We have two fishing piers, perfect for all experience levels, in addition to numerous deep sea and sport fishing excursions that leave regularly from Oceanside Harbor. Click to learn all you will need to know about Fishing in Oceanside!
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Arts & Culture

The perfect blend of classic and new-age, the Oceanside Arts and Culture scene is not to be missed! Explore the original buildings from downtown Oceanside while visiting Heritage Park or take in a live theatre performance or a new exhibit at one of our venues in the Arts and Theatre District.

Kids Events