Things to Do in Oceanside

Oceanside is a quintessential California coastal escape that includes wide sandy beaches, a quaint New England-style harbor, historic wooden pier and charming bungalow neighborhoods.

O’side (as locals affectionately call it) is a destination of discovery where you can explore everything from California history at the “King of Missions” to surf culture at the California Surf Museum and awe-inspiring sea life through exciting ocean adventures.

We are a playful and fun community that thrives on taking recreation to the next level and boasts world-class surfing, skateboarding, bike riding, boating and even skydiving. A flourishing farm-to-table food and craft beer scene reflects Oceanside’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit, as do exciting arts and culture programs that earned Oceanside one of just 14 California Cultural District designations in 2017.

Classically charming, eclectic and always genuine, Oceanside is an ideal place to stay and a true O’riginal.

Dining At Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar in Oceanside

Experience the joy of French Mexican cuisine at Carte Blanche Bistro and Bar in Oceanside, CA! Learn more about the restaurant's signature menu items, drinks and ambiance as you get ready to make your next reservation to dine out in O'side!
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Hidden Gems of Oceanside, California

Oceanside is a treasure trove of hidden gems! To help you get to know O'side as if you were a local, we've gathered some of the most fascinating and lesser known locations, historical landmarks and local hotspots.
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Road Trip To The Coast

Pack up the car and start your drive to one of California’s most iconic strips of the Coast Highway 101!

Harbor Village Kayak Oceanside

Outdoor Activities

Experience our beach city’s epic weather, vibrant neighborhoods and host of outdoor activities!

Family on the Buena Vista Trail Photo By:  @sdadventuremom

10 Fun Things To Do with Kids

Check out our list of fun things to do with your family during your next trip to Oceanside.

Family Bike Wheel Fun Rentals on the Strand

3 Day Itinerary

There is just so much to do!!! Learn about where to go & what to do in 3 days.

Ultimate Selfie Waverider Helicopter Tours

Unexpected Adventures

Looking for something fun, unique and maybe even a little quirky to do? Well look no further!

Harbor Sea Lion Kayak

Free Things To Do

On a budget? Don’t fret! Have a blast in Oceanside without spending a lot of money. 

Oceanside Pier at Sunset

Best Places to Take Photos

Calling all selfie lovers, keen eyed creatives, and capturers of the moment!

Star Theatre Mural

Murals and Street Art

Downtown Oceanside is the home to dozens of beautiful and striking murals!

FIND YOUR O'SIDE

Rolly Crump Oceanside Museum of Art Exhibit
ARTS & CULTURE
Pier View South Beach Lifeguard Tower
BEACHES
Biking Pier Strand RAAM
BIKE TRAILS
Go Jump Oceanside - Coastal Skydiving
BUCKET LIST
Pier Fishing
FISHING
Golfing in Oceanside
GOLFING
Family walking on the Oceanside Pier
KID FRIENDLY
Surfing Waves Oceanside, CA
SURFING
SeaWorld San Diegoa
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ATTRACTIONS
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WHALE WATCHING

O'SIDE INSIDER

Stay in the know. Check out our most recent blogs to discover all of the insider information on new activities and events happening in Oceanside!

Dining At Carte Blanche Bistro & Bar in Oceanside

Experience the joy of French Mexican cuisine at Carte Blanche Bistro and Bar in Oceanside, CA! Learn more about the restaurant's signature menu items, drinks and ambiance as you get ready to make your next reservation to dine out in O'side!
Read More

Hidden Gems of Oceanside, California

Oceanside is a treasure trove of hidden gems! To help you get to know O'side as if you were a local, we've gathered some of the most fascinating and lesser known locations, historical landmarks and local hotspots.
Read More

The History of the Oceanside Harbor

Do you know the history behind the Oceanside Harbor Village? Learn about the construction of this iconic Oceanside location and its importance to the city!
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10 Reasons to Visit Oceanside

Now is the perfect time to plan for your next vacation - a coastal getaway is just what you need! Check out these 10 reasons why you must visit Oceanside.
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July Events in Oceanside

Summer in Southern California is in full swing by July making Oceanside the perfect place to escape the heat while enjoying a spectacular beach getaway! Chalk full of fun activities and events that will keep you coming back for more this July, Oceanside offers a unique blend of family-friendly, artistic, musical, entertaining, and informative events that are pure O’side! To help you plan out your next visit check out our sample list of 11 events that give you an idea of what you can experience this July along the sunny coast.
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2021 Oceanside Tourism Summit

The 2021 Oceanside Tourism Summit took place on June 22nd at the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza. There members of the community, including local business owners as well as City Council and the Mayor honored the resiliency and ingenuity of O'side businesses, and celebrated the reopening of the city to visitors.
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