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Best Things to Do in Oceanside in the Spring

Looking for some ideas on what to do and where to go this spring? We’ve got the inside scoop on not only great activities to do, but also the best spots for a picnic and great indoor/outdoor restaurants to try! So look no further than our Volunteer Corner series highlighting California Welcome Center volunteer expertise on ideas and suggestions from those that know and love Oceanside! For any other questions you might have the best place to get them answered is always the California Welcome Center here in Oceanside. With 60+ volunteers that operate the center daily there is always a wealth of great information there to take advantage of.

Plan for Vacation Day

Start Planning Your Next Vacation!

There’s so much that keeps us from taking our days off—some imagined, some unavoidable—but don’t let failure to plan be the reason you don’t take time off. January 30th is National Plan for Vacation Day, and now is the time to make your 2018 vacation a priority! Need a little help? We are here every step of the way to make your vacation planning process a little easier with handy tips and expert advice about all things O’side.

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Sounds, Savors and Shops

Want to learn of some great local shopping hot-spots, local favorite holiday foods and some great song suggestions for this holiday season? Look no further than our Volunteer Corner series which highlights California Welcome Center volunteer expertise, bringing you ideas and suggestions from those that know and love Oceanside! For any other questions you might have the best place to get them answered is always the California Welcome Center here in Oceanside. With 60+ volunteers that operate the center daily there is always a wealth of great information there to take advantage of.

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What to do in Oceanside in the Fall

Nine travel tips on the places to eat and what to do in Oceanside in the fall. All of the suggestions are provided by the wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers at the California Welcome Center in Oceanside. The visitor center is located in downtown Oceanside and is an information resource for all things North San Diego County. To highlight their expertise, we have created a blog series entitled Volunteer Corner to bring you ideas and suggestions on things to do while visiting Oceanside.

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Military Exhibits and Celebrations

With Oceanside’s close proximity to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, our community has a unique connection to the United States Military as well as a profound respect for the service-members and their families. This summer, the California Surf Museum and Oceanside Museum of Art are housing new exhibits that highlight distinct perspectives of military personnel and the different processes of healing they go through to overcome their physical and emotional wounds from combat.

Oceanside Art Events

With talented local artists putting out fantastic work, Oceanside businesses happy to show the art off, passionate locals pushing art as a priority, and a strong foundation of established art institutes and museums, Oceanside has developed a diverse and welcoming art community that is here to stay! So grab a friend, your significant other, or even your kids and check out these amazing Oceanside art events!

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Volunteer Corner: Summer Tips From the California Welcome Center

We are often asked for recommendations on a number of things from those visiting wonderful North San Diego County; with such a diverse and thriving area there is certainly no shortage of things to do! The best place to get those questions answered is always the California Welcome Center here in Oceanside, with 60+ volunteers that operate the center and encounter these questions daily there is a wealth of great information there. To highlight this we are launching Volunteer Corner, bringing you ideas and suggestions from our wonderful knowledgeable volunteers.

Carla and Linda of Carla and Linda's Walking Food Tours

Walk This Way – An Oceanside Walking Food Tour

Calling Foodies and food lovers alike! Carla and Linda’s Walking Food Tours bring you up close with Oceanside’s unique and diverse dining scene, and all of the delicious food that goes with it! Each tour Carla and Linda host visit several carefully selected restaurants that have been handpicked to showcase a variety of exciting local cuisine for you to experience and enjoy.

The Culture of Surfing at the California Surf Museum

Culture of Surfing Showcased at the California Surf Museum The California Surf Museum chronicles the rich history of surfing through fascinating exhibits, programs and memorabilia. Former board member, Boyd Scofield, shares his insights on how the museum started and the direction that it’s taking with Visit Oceanside’s Guest Blogger, Jolee Pink. About Boyd Scofield: Local Business

Pokémon Go in Oceanside

Pokémon Go is the newest and most popular augmented reality game taking over the universe. Come find Pokéstops, gyms, and Pokémon while exploring Oceanside. Explore with two trainers as they take you along on four wild adventures near downtown Oceanside and Oceanside Harbor. Let us know some of your favorite Oceanside Pokéstops and we will add them to the interactive map!

Summer Art Classes for Kids

Looking for fun and imaginative activities to entertain your kids this summer? Make Oceanside’s very own Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, Missus Potts, Oceanside Museum of Art and the First Friday Oceanside Art Walk your family-friendly go-to destinations for your children to channel their inner artists!