When it’s time for the family to unplug and reconnect there is no better place than Oceanside for your next Southern California family vacation. Our family-friendly community boasts miles of sandy beach, wide-variety of outdoor activities, and stimulating cultural attractions to keep every member of the family smiling.
Beyond the beach days, there’s a lot that kids love about O’side, making it the perfect getaway for small families or big family reunions. Speaking of family reunions, if you are planning a family gathering or traveling with multiple families during your next vacation, let our local destination experts at Visit Oceanside help you save time and money by providing complimentary assistance with your group accommodations, activity suggestions, and event planning. Click to learn more about Group Family Travel.
Southern California Attractions
Oceanside is the ideal destination for families looking to explore Southern California thanks to its central location between Los Angeles, Orange Country, and San Diego. Famous attractions such as LEGOLAND California Resort, San Diego Zoo, and Disneyland California Resort are all just a short drive or train ride away.
FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Wee little ones love the Model Train Museum in Heritage Park, which has weekly kids’ events. Whale watching tour give a close-up perspective on the behemoth mammals, plus seals, sea lions, and dolphins. The Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center tells the story of the freshwater oasis that birds find so appealing. Stroll the 1,942-foot wooden Oceanside Pier for a pelican’s-eye view of O’side.
After grinding at O’side’s skate parks, kids can fuel up with baked goods and other eats at the Sunset Market, held Thursday evenings. Budding rippers will be stoked to visit the California Surf Museum’s permanent exhibit on Bethany Hamilton, the science of wave forecasting, and historical examples of surfboards. Cycling is always an option, whether they prefer easy beachfront paths or more challenging rides.
Preteens and Teens
The links await at Goat Hill Park, where in addition to the Par 65 short course, youngsters can challenge their backhand with disc golf. Oceanside Museum of Art is enjoyable at any age, but the children’s tours and events are especially good. Adventurous souls can skydive indoors at iFLY or scale the walls of Vital rock-climbing gym. Up for a mental challenge? Located in Artist Alley in Downtown Oceanside you’ll also find the escape room School of Hard Locks and the GRID Virtual Reality Arcade.