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Our family goes to Southern California at least once each summer. It’s a fun road trip that’s been a tradition in our family since we first started dating. The majority of our trips have been to Oceanside because it’s one of our families favorite cities. You can’t beat the amazing beaches, the incredible value you can get on renting a beachfront home, and the laid-back, low key beach town atmosphere that makes Oceanside a great place to relax. We love finding new things to do in Oceanside each time we visit!

**A note about the restaurants on this list. We ONLY include restaurants that are kid-friendly. Meaning that they have a kids menu, their atmosphere is kid-friendly and they welcome kids into their establishment. This is a family-centered blog, so we do not include local bars/taverns on our list for that reason.

Adventures

  • 1. Deep Sea Sport Fishing
  • 2. Fish the Harbor
  • 3. Fish the Pier
  • 4. Helicopter Tours
  • 5. Kayak/Paddle Board Oceanside Harbor
  • 6. Indoor Skydiving
  • 7. Outdoor Skydiving
  • 8. Sailing
  • 9. Surfing/ Surf Lessons
  • 10. Whale Watching

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attractions

  • 11. Beachfront Concert at Oceanside Amphitheater
  • 12. California Surf Museum
  • 13. Emerald Isle Golf Course
  • 14. Goat Hill
  • 15. Oceanside Museum of Art
  • 16. North County Model Railroad Museum
  • 17. Photograph the Green Flash
  • 18. Prince of Peace Abbey Monastery
  • 19. Shaper's Alley
  • 20. Stroll Oceanside Pier
  • 21. Surf Bowl
  • 22. Top Gun House
  • 23. Vibrant Murals of O'side

Beaches

  • 24. Breakwater Beach
  • 25. Buccaneer Beach
  • 26. Cassidy Street Back
  • 27. Oceanside Boulevard Beach
  • 28. Oceanside Harbor Beach
  • 29. Pierview North Beach
  • 30. Pierview South Beach
  • 31. Tyson Street Beach

Biking

  • 32. Bike to Carlsbad Village
  • 33. Bike to Encinitas
  • 34. Bike to Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • 35. Bike to Mission San Luis Rey
  • 36. Bike to Oceanside Harbor
  • 37. Bike to San Onofre State Park
  • 38. Bike to Sleeping Indian
  • 39. Bike to Torrey Pines
  • 40. Coastal Rail Trail
  • 41. Guided Bike Tours

Marathons & races

  • 42. Bike the Coast - Taste the Coast
  • 43. Ironman 70.3
  • 44. Labor Day Pier Swim
  • 45. O'side Turkey Trot
  • 46. Race Across America
  • 47. World Body Surfing Championship

parks

  • 48. Buena Vista Lagoon & Bird Watching
  • 49. Cyclopse Farm
  • 50. Guajome Regional Park
  • 51. Heritage Park Village & Museum
  • 52. Rancho del Oro Parks

Festivals

  • 53. Car Cruise
  • 54. Earth Day Festival
  • 55. History Walks in Downtown Oceanside
  • 56. Oceanside Art Walk
  • 57. Oceanside Days of Art
  • 58. South O' Walkabout
  • 59. Tango by the Beach
  • 60. Trains for Kids at Heritage Park

food

  • 61. Banana Dang
  • 62. Beach Hut Deli
  • 63. Beach Break Cafe
  • 64. Big Bobs Best Pizza
  • 65. Buccaneer Cafe
  • 66. Cafe de Thai & Sushi
  • 67. Dominics Italian Restaurant
  • 68. Enzo BBQ
  • 69. Felix's BBQ with Soul
  • 70. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen
  • 71. Fratellis Itialian Kitchen
  • 72. Great Wok of China
  • 73. Harbor Fish & Chips
  • 74. Harney Sushi
  • 75. Hello Betty Fish House
  • 76. Lighthouse Oyster Bar
  • 77. Loveboat Sushi
  • 78. Mariscos Ensenada
  • 79. Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer
  • 80. Nana & Pops Sweet Shop
  • 81. Oceanside Broiler
  • 82. PCH Sports Bar & Grill
  • 83. Petite Madeline
  • 84. Pierview Coffee Co.
  • 85. Port of Subs
  • 86. Privateer Marketplace
  • 87. Red Cup Yogurt
  • 88. Revolution Roasters
  • 89. Rim Talay Thai Cuisine
  • 90. Rosati's Pizza Pub
  • 91. Ruby's Diner on the Pier
  • 92. San Luis Rey Bakery
  • 93. Stratford at the Harbor
  • 94. Swarmi's Cafe
  • 95. Thai Garden
  • 96. That Boy Good BBQ
  • 97. The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza
  • 98. The Whet Noodle
  • 99. Ty's Burger House
  • 100. Upper Crust Pizza
  • 101. Zigzag Pizza Pie

Noteworthy nearby

  • Crystal Cove State Park
  • The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch (March to May)
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Palomar Observatory
  • Lego Land
  • Keys Creek Lavender Farm
We\'ve compiled 101 things to do in Oceanside California! This is our family-friendly Oceanside bucket list of the best things to do in one of our favorite cities. You can\'t beat the amazing beaches, the incredible value you can get on renting a beachfront home, and the laid-back, low key beach town atmosphere that makes Oceanside a great place to relax. We love finding new things to do in Oceanside each time we visit! #oceanside #california #travelwithkids #bucketlist

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