Comfort Suites Marina
888 N. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: (760) 722-8880
Fax: (760) 722-7280
Arts & Museums
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.
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 shop specializes in contemporary artwork, hosting both sculpture designs and one-dimensional prints. Papier-mache porcelain sculptures are displayed, including works representing colorful fish. While sculptures are well represented in the shop, most of the gallery area is devoted to printed artwork. Prints of nationally known artwork are sold here including both framed and unframed pieces. In addition to art, the shop features a large selection of frame designs. Bring in a piece of artwork from your collection for custom framework.
The Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery holds a lot of prominent and unique artwork. It features bronze sculptures by the award-winning Hinds and acrylic paintings by Gibbons. The gallery promotes painters, graphic artists as well as sculptors. Stop by to check out works by Pál Gerzson, Rudolf Láng, Victor Salmones and lots more. Call ahead for hours.
This beautiful mission is part of the chain of California missions built by the Spaniards under the direction of Father Fermin Lasuen. Built in 1798 to help convert and educate the local Native Americans, this well-preserved structure depicts life in the early 18th Century through artifacts, preserved rooms and a collection of religious art. The museum houses the most extensive collection of old Spanish vestments in the United States. You will also find a picnic area and gift shop. Self-guided tours are available.
The City of Oceanside assembled this collection of historic old buildings to celebrate the 1976 United States Bicentennial. Some of the structures filling this green, placid park are an old blacksmith's shop and livery stable, an early doctor's office, an antique jail, a one-room schoolhouse and two early newspaper buildings. Free tours are offered on Sundays or by appointment. Docents are on duty at the park Sundays from 1pm-4pm. There is a small souvenir stand and the docents will sell you ice cream. Only cash is accepted.
Museum Of Making Music museum offers a nostalgic look back at the last 100 years of music making in America. You will stroll through displays featuring music of different eras, view historic photographs—many of them autographed by well-known musical talents, and see a collection of more than 450 musical instruments. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to make your own music on scores of musical instruments.
In 1851, Ysidora Bandini and Cave Johnson Couts received this piece of land upon their marriage. Couts built an adobe on the land in 1853, which remained as a family residence for over a century. The land and the adobe have since been acquired by San Diego County, and now serve as a popular tourist site. This site includes a bakery, blacksmith's shop, carriage court and private chapel. Tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Call ahead for schedule.
Turn-of-the-century farm equipment is on display here at Southern California's only "early farm life" museum. Giant threshers, combines and steam-driven balers fill Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum and represent the farming techniques that turned the Northern San Diego County area into one of the nation's leading agricultural giants. Threshing Bees and Antique Engine Shows are held on the third and fourth weekends of June and October.
An excellent example of an intact adobe structure, Rancho Buena Vista Adobe rests on the remains of an 1845 Spanish Land Grant. Named after a Spanish Marquez, the adobe is in original condition and houses a very fine exhibit of museum-quality artifacts of its time. Many seasonal events and celebrations are held here throughout the year. The Adobe Gallery and La Tiendita gift shop are also located on the property. Call ahead for hours.
The Craftsmanship Museum is also known as the Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship and Miniature Engineering Museum. It is located in Carlsbad, California. This museum exclusively collects miniature objects of wood and metal. It has approximately 300 working models of cars, model planes, and other objects. The museum also has a set of expert craftsmen who work to built miniatures.
This art gallery holds a wonderful collection of artwork, which is not only displayed, but also sold here. View sculptures, paintings and pencil drawings by modern artists. In addition, art students have constructed brilliant imitations of masterpieces. See impressive re-creations of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' and Cezanne's 'Still Life'. Furthermore, a frame shop is attached to the gallery. Choose from a vast selection of styles and have your artwork custom framed on the premises.