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.

Unique and Unexpected Things to do in Oceanside

Looking for something fun, unique, and maybe even a little quirky to do in Oceanside? Well look no further, we've got a list of awesome unexpected activities you can enjoy in Oceanside that will leave you with incredible pictures and plenty of stories to tell! Whether it be taking an awesome sunset helicopter flight, catching fish with your bare hands, or embarking on a self-guided mural tour. What ever your style, we've got you covered for all things fun and unique!
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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
Oceanside Adventures Whale Watching Binoculars-0979
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!

Unique and Unexpected Things to do in Oceanside

Looking for something fun, unique, and maybe even a little quirky to do in Oceanside? Well look no further, we've got a list of awesome unexpected activities you can enjoy in Oceanside that will leave you with incredible pictures and plenty of stories to tell! Whether it be taking an awesome sunset helicopter flight, catching fish with your bare hands, or embarking on a self-guided mural tour. What ever your style, we've got you covered for all things fun and unique!
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The History of the “Top Gun” House

One of Oceanside's most notable and beloved landmarks, the “Top Gun” House has been newly restored, in all its Victorian-detailed glory. Learn about this historical gem!
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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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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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The History of St. Malo in Oceanside

Over several decades many residents and visitors alike have often wondered who lived beyond the gate at the end of Oceanside’s South Pacific Street. An impressive entrance allowed but a sneak peek into beautiful homes with unique architectural features.
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