Top Things to do in Oceanside

Oceanside is becoming a top destination for travelers, and it’s obvious why! From a bustling restaurant scene to an endless list of family-friendly activities, make Oceanside your next vacation destination and book your stay at Southern California Beach Club, just steps from the sand and Oceanside Pier. Check out the top things to do in this charming beach community, all just minutes from Southern California Beach Club:

California Welcome Center, Oceanside

Distance: 0.9 miles

928 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Experience the exciting resurgence Oceanside is having by stopping by the California Welcome Center, Visit Oceanside! Receive discount tickets to your favorite Southern California amusements or get excellent tips on where to visit in Oceanside from the passionate team of volunteers ready to make your SoCal vacation in Oceanside epic!

“The staff was very helpful. I knew nothing at all about Oceanside, but on their advice, I went down to the car park by the pier and visited the Top gun house (Kelly McGillis oceanfront home), the pier and the promenade. As they described, a simply lovely place! Thank you staff, you are a credit to your organization!” – Trip Advisor

 Old Mission San Luis Rey

Distance: 5.5 miles

4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057

The largest of all 21 California missions, is a great spot to bring your family for a fun history lesson where you can visit the onsite museum and learn that it’s known as the “King of the Missions” and why it’s named after French king, Louis IX!

“Great place to visit and explore history. I didn’t know how close this place was! I came here to visit this historical site with my family. Very rich with history here. You will definitely learn a lot, especially about what Abraham Lincoln did a month before he was assassinated.  Make sure to visit the Church and the sunken garden that was dug up across from the compound. Again, a place I would definitely come back to.” – Bernardo D. (Yelp)

California Surf Museum

Distance: .04 miles

312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

Founded in 1986, bring the whole family to experience the California Surf Museum and its dedication to capturing, preserving and chronicling the art, culture and heritage of surfing. From exhibits highlighting the history of the surfboard and the evolution of the fin, to featured exhibits like surfing in Vietnam and Billabong’s salute to the surfers who’ve ridden the world’s most famous wave, the pipeline!

“Sweet lil’ surf museum in North County. Come and soak in Californian (and Hawaiian) surf culture. Read the bit about Bethany Hamilton’s bikini! Pretty crazy. Definitely walk through the cute gift shop on your way out. $5 admission for a pretty quick tour. Rotating exhibits allow for multiple visits….” – Sue L. (Yelp)

Oceanside Museum of Art

Distance: 0.6 miles

704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is considered a leader of arts and culture in San Diego. With several highly praised contemporary art exhibitions each year, along with fun classes, concerts, culinary events and more, you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy at this great art museum nestled in the heart of Oceanside.

“My husband is a huge Disney buff and found out about the Rolly Crump exhibit here. We both paid the $5 for the audio tour which did not disappoint! Definitely recommend it and it was under 30 minutes. The museum was clean, spacious and the staff was all so friendly and helpful. The exhibit was well structured and very colorful! I enjoyed the little extra bits of Disney that we did not previously know. NOT kid friendly though, just FYI. Quite a few pieces were rather, adult. Overall a fun experience and a short walk to the pier! A fun afternoon for sure.” – Lauren E. (Yelp)

Oceanside Harbor Village

Distance: 1.1 miles

280 Harbor Drive S, Oceanside, CA 92054

This family-friendly location is home to oceanfront dining, shopping, fishing, sea life tours, boat rentals, and more! The Oceanside Harbor Village is a local gem and has many shops and businesses that have been around since the beginning of the Harbor’s rich history.

“Decades ago, I thought of Oceanside as a drab, overcast, Interstate 5-straddling afterthought, far from the excitement of L.A. or San Diego. But on a recent visit to watch a relative compete in the IronMan Triathlon, I was so pleasantly surprised. Harbor Village, filled with inviting restaurants and shops, and anchored by a well-maintained 54-year-old red-and-white lighthouse, was as delightful as the passing seal that barked and waved as if on cue. And the staff in the village – welcoming smiles galore! Also, a wide variety of food and drink options to please a broad spectrum of tastes. This is well worth a stop; L.A. and San Diego aren’t going anywhere.” – William M. (Trip Advisor)

Heritage Park Village Museum

Distance: 5.5 miles

220 Peyri Dr, Oceanside, CA 92058

This quaint location is within walking distance from the San Luis Rey Mission and was designed to be symbol of Oceanside’s heritage. Nestled among the rolling hills of historic Oceanside, Heritage Park has an idyllic gazebo and features original buildings of downtown Oceanside, including the city’s first General Store, the Blacksmith Shop & Livery Stable, and the old city Jail. It’s the perfect place for picnics, parties, or for nice spot to relax in this historic Oceanside location.

“A short drive from the Mission is this small park containing about a dozen buildings from the 1890’s. The historic buildings were relocated from various parts of Oceanside for the bicentennial celebration. It has become the permanent home for these structures. Included are a school, train depot, printing office and a small jail. There are picnic tables. Interiors are accessible on weekends. During the week, you can just see the exteriors. A perfect pairing with the Mission.” – Annette M. (Trip Advisor)


Are you ready to plan your seaside getaway to Oceanside? Plan your next vacation at Southern California Beach Club to be minutes from great activtieis, restaurants, and the beach! Simply book online or call a Vacation Specialist at (866) 325-6295.


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