Comfort Suites Marina
888 N. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: (760) 722-8880
Fax: (760) 722-7280
While visiting the Oceanside area, it's expected that you will come down to see the ships at sea. But wouldn't you really rather be on one? Now you can. Even the least experienced skipper can rent a boat for an hour or a day. Whether your idea of wet and wild is a kayak, a Wave runner, a sailboat, a fishing skiff or a luxury yacht, this is where you can try your hand at the helm. Rates start at $10 per hour for single kayaks.
Oceanside Museum of Art is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. Housed in a classic Irving Gill designed building, it provides North San Diego County with five provocative exhibits each year. It also offers art instruction at the OMA-School of Art, chamber music in the museum galleries as part of the Pier View Way Concert Series. It serves as a gathering place, where friends meet to share and enjoy the rich cultural experiences available in the region.
Get ready to hit the beach for some outdoor fun in the sun! Everything you need can be found at this Oceanside establishment with rentals and sales of skates, bikes and other surf necessities. Equipment may be rented on a daily or hourly basis such as the beach cruiser or a mountain bike. Roller blades and tandems are available for rent as well. For those seeking biking, skating or other outdoor fun, come here for quality equipment.
Spanning 1,942 feet, Oceanside Municipal Pier is one of the most notable piers in the western United States. Not only is it the longest wooden pier along the West Coast, but this spot also holds the title as the longest over-water pier in Southern California. The pier was was first built in the 19th century, then restored in 1987. It now houses a restaurant and snack bar as well as a bait and tackle shop. For those who do not wish to walk the distance of the pier, a tram is available for the journey.
Soak up the rays! This beach offers a vast shoreline for tanning and building sandcastles. During the summertime, it's quite pleasant for swimming and other water sports. Surfers will find a home at this beach as well, with the summer surf averaging four to seven feet. Surfing is restricted during the summer months to certain areas. During the evening, utilize one of the campfire sites available on the beach to toast marshmallows. Picnic tables and barbecue areas are available.
At the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s Nature Center, trained docents lead various nature walks and classes. They tailor many of their nature walks to elementary students, but they also have classes about birds of prey for older kids and high school students. For those who would like to get the most out of the Buena Vista Audubon Society, there are various hikes and day camps for kids. For those who want to enjoy the nature center’s facilities, it offers taxidermies of various birds, fish and other local wildlife. The Buena Vista Audobon Society’s nature center also consists of a collection of books, films, and CD’s, as well as a conference room for meetings. - Erick Pettersen
This children's museum provides a vibrant, interactive, learning environment that invites children from ages two to twelve years to pretend, explore, and engage the mind, heart, and senses in joyful learning, with exhibits including the World of Sound, Creative Corner, Solar Energy, Toddler Corner, and Japanese Culture.
Founded in 1993, this winery focuses on handcrafted wines which are available through tasting rooms. They also offer events and seminars.
The catch phrase is "Carlsbad, California's Newest Playground". Strictly speaking, Carlsbad has been around for a long time, but it has not been promoted or discovered in the way that many residents rightly feel it deserves. With the Flower Fields and Legoland drawing international visitors, the already-charming town is spiffying itself up to be at its best. This local center provides abundant pamphlets, maps, hotel information, beach, surf and weather information in addition to an up-to-date events calendar.
This group offers guided half-day, full-day, and also multi-day bike, hike, and kayak trips for all fitness levels. They also offer survival skills workshops and conditioning courses. Their promise is that you will experience the best of nature with a guided adventure.
Located across the Glasgow Drive, the Calavera Hills Community Park is a local park-cum-sports venue. This spacious park offers different facilities for the community that includes Calavera Hills Community Center, athletic fields, gymnasium, tennis courts, basketball courts and much more. Apart from that, it also has picnic areas equipped with barbecue grills and a designated zone for kids.
A 50-acre rainbow of blooming Ranunculus flowers thrill freeway passers. Because of the incredible flowering fields, Legoland chose to build near here. The season is short (approximately March through May) with the greatest display in early to mid-April at the Flower Field. Pathways take you up the gently sloping fields, where most people stand in silence, taking in the abundant flowers and gazing at the Carlsbad coastline. A large tent serves as the hospitality center gift shop offering a rich array of blooming plants to take home, souvenir cups, tote bags, clothing and packages of the Ranunculus corms to plant in your own garden.