Waverider Helicopter Tour - Oceanside

Holiday Gifts and Bucket List Musts

Give the gift of an experience.

Now more than ever “time” has become such a precious and cherished commodity. We all live such crazy and busy lives so when we have the opportunity to relax and unwind our most prized possessions become spending time with those that we love the most and creating once-in-a-lifetime memories with them.

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

As we embark on the holiday season, take a moment to truly think about your loved ones and consider what it would be like to give a “gift of experience” this holiday season. Remind your friends and family what it is like to use their phone to take adventure-filled photos instead of checking endless work emails.

Below is a sampling of bucket list worthy experiences that are all within easy reach and sure to be favorite gifts for years to come!


Whether you are 18 or 90, skydiving is a popular bucket list activity that makes for an incredible holiday gift. In Oceanside visitors get the unique opportunity to take the plunge while being surrounded by spectacular views of our Southern Californian coastline. Go Jump Oceanside offers the only coastal skydiving experience in all of Southern California; jumpers take off from the Oceanside Municipal Airport where they get to enjoy the breathtaking coastal views as they freefall from 13,000 feet in the air back to the airport grounds.

Go Jump Oceanside - Coastal Skydiving

Indoor Skydiving

For those who can’t bring themselves to jump out of a plane, want to walk before they run, or even practice their aerial maneuvers before the big jump they can still achieve that exciting floating feeling in a safe and controlled environment at iFLY Oceanside’s state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel. Children as young as 3 and adults as old as 103 are able to fly making this a perfect bucket list experience to give as a gift!

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Oceanside
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Oceanside

Helicopter Tour

Memories of this experience are sure to last a lifetime as you take an exhilarating ride in a helicopter with Waverider Helicopter Tours; take in views of the Pacific Ocean on one side, and picturesque scenery on the other. Check out the Facebook Live video from @travelingmom below as she took a helicopter tour during a recent trip to Oceanside, CA. 

Ultimate Selfie Waverider Helicopter Tours
Waverider Helicopter Tour - Oceanside
Ultimate Selfie Waverider Helicopter Tours

Surf Lessons

Nothing says Southern California more than surfing. But, like any sport, surfing is best learned from an expert. Lucky for us, there are plenty of radically talented surfers in Oceanside that are ready to share their passion with you. Take an individual surf lesson or make it a special group outing and invite the entire family to join in on the fun! To learn more visit Surf Lessons in Oceanside.

Surf Lessons Learn to Rip Oceanside CA

Whale Watching

The rich diversity of marine wildlife living along the San Diego shoreline can be seen year-round, with whale and dolphin migrations occurring throughout the year! A whale watching experience is the perfect gift for anyone and everyone that loves the ocean, or any of the wildlife that might be encountered on a trip out to sea. Whale watching tours leave daily from the Oceanside Harbor, to learn more visit Oceanside Whale watching.


Food Tour

The Oceanside food movement is insanely delicious and diverse. Talented local chefs throughout Oceanside are using locally sourced products to develop amazing menu items that rotate and change based on the produce they receive. To experience the dining scene consider participating in a guided food tour with Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tour. During the tour participants visit 3-4 restaurants, meet our talented chefs and discover local fun facts along the way. To learn more visit Restaurants in Oceanside.

Bike Tours

Oceanside has gorgeous year-round weather, making it possible to go on a bike ride or a bicycle tour any time of the year! Bike rentals range from casual beach cruisers to longer distance mountain bikes. After renting your bike with loved ones explore the area on your own, or participate in a bike tour. Wheel Fun Rentals provides maps for those looking to experience a self-guided tour to Mission San Luis Rey, or you can register for a guided bicycle tour with SoCal Bikes (including a brewery bike tour!). To learn more visit Bike Rentals and Oceanside Bike Trails.

family bike ride, things to do in Oceanside, CA

Endurance Competitions

This year give the gift of fitness and competition to those seeking their next athletic challenge to face! Oceanside is home to numerous world class endurance competitions that take place throughout the year, including famed IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside. The “70.3” mile IRONMAN triathlon involves 1.2 miles of swimming in Oceanside’s calm harbor, followed by long-distance cycling along 56 miles of beautiful California coastline, and finally running a 13.1 mile course around the pier and within Oceanside’s flat beachfront path known as “The Strand” to the finish line. From now until January 31st, 2018 we are holding an IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside Sweepstakes that includes one general entry for the 2018 competition, a $50 dining gift certificate, a Keeping it O’riginal collectors t-shirt and finally an Oceanside Bike Jersey. To learn more and enter to win for you or a loved one visit 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside Sweepstakes.

Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside 2013

Become a Member

For the art connoisseur, fitness guru, beer festival lover, or wine-o in your life, consider purchasing them a membership to a local museum, fitness studio, or even a wine/beer club this holiday season. The gift of membership is truly the gift that keeps on giving! Memberships not only support local business, but every time your loved one visits that location they will think of you as they create special memories throughout the year. The video below features the vibrant arts and culture scene in Oceanside.