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    Oceanside Museum of Art

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Oceanside Museum of Art is the cities cultural jewel. It is located with the historical downtown. The museum houses in a classic Irving Gill designed building of the 1930's. There are lots of lovely exhibits. It is listed as a historic building in 1934 and was once the City Hall & Library.

    Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    A modest fee is charged.
    Admission
Members Free

    General 
admission $8

    Seniors 65 + $5
    
Students, 
free with ID
    
Military and
 their dependents, 
free with ID

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    Beaches

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    Oceanside has some of the nicest, cleanest, and wide sandy beaches. There are Harbor Beach, Breakwater Way, Pier View North, Pier View South, Tyson State Beach, Wisconsin Street Beach, Oceanside Boulevard, and Buccaneer Beach. There is a wonderful playground area, picnic benches, fire pits, and a wonderful pedestrian pathways for joggers or bicyclist.

    For more information:
    California Welcome Center
    928 N. Coast Hwy
    Oceanside, Ca 92054

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    Surfing

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    There are miles of great surfing areas. I heard the best spots are Buccaneer Beach, both sides of pier, north and south jetties. You will see the surfers before the break of day and I have seen them coming out of the water as late as 9:00PM. I noticed one day a couple of kids with their backpacks, change, and head out to surf for an hour, put their clothes on and head up the road to school.

    Take a surfing class:
    So Cal Surf School/Surf Camps USA
    Location at the Lifequard Tower 5 & Tyson St. Park. 760-889-8984
    www.surfcampsusa.com
    or
    www. surfinFire.com 760-889-6775

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    Pier Fishing - Free

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    Many counties or cities require a fishing license. Well, Oceanside does not require one on the pier. It is Free only on the pier, so you will see so many families taking advantage of this. I've seen them around 9:00PM heading for the pier for some night fishing. So something to keep in mind when strolling on the pier. Fishing lines! Yet, I did not see too many stray lines and many of them were being very careful in how they were casting their lines.

    For more information:
    California Welcome Center
    928 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, Ca 92054

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    California Surf Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    This museum keeps alive the historical surfing artifacts and memorabilia. Some of the exhibits are temporary and some permanent. It was neat to see and enjoy.~

    Hours: Open Daily 10am to 4pm
    Thursdays until 8pm
    Except Major Holidays
    Dec. 24 open until 4pm
    Dec. 25 Closed
    Dec. 31 open until 3pm
    Jan. 1 Closed
    Memorial Day Closed
    July 4th Closed
    Labor Day Closed

    Admission:
    Free for Museum Members
    $3 Adults
    $1 Students/Seniors/Military
    Free for Kids under 12
    Free on Tuesdays

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    Oceanside Pier

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    This pier is the longest wooden pier on the west coast at 1,942 feet. The first was built 1888 down by Wisconsin street. Sadly a bad storm claimed it. It was moved to its present location in 1890, but has been rebuilt five times. The concrete portion was built in 1925 and still exist. The wooden portion was rebuilt in 1988.

    This pier sees over 1 million visitors a year. It is the center of activity for the city. Ruby's Diner is at the end, lifeguard towers, fishing access, benches, restrooms, and a neat little gift/bait shop where I bought some postcards cheap.

    It was a great way to walk and work off the evening meals:)

    For more information:
    California Welcome Center
    928 N. Coast Hwy
    Oceanside, Ca 92054

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    Fishing for free!

    by al_haley Written Oct 31, 2006

    Even if you can't bring your fishing tackle, get a cheap setup at Walmart or any of the numerous local establishments. Go to the Oceanside Pier for some spectacular fishing. The best spot is off on the left corner at the very fartherst end of the pier. About 25 degrees and maybe 20 yards out is a deep hole with lots of species. I have caught many many mackeral, lion fish, bat rays, tiger sharks and others. Best of all, NO LICENSE REQUIRED for fishing from any man-made structure in California!

    There is also a great seafood restaurant on the pier as well.

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  • THE PIER

    by sabsi Written Jun 14, 2005

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    As every important beach town Oceanside has a pier of course. I just love them for a walk out to the sea, to feel the wind and have a look onto the beach. So of course we went for a short walk onto the pier before getting a drink from an unimportant little booth underneath it - the one with the golden arches.

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  • THE BEACH!

    by sabsi Written Jun 14, 2005

    We stopped at this beach when we were surprised by blue skies and sunshine. It was wonderful there - there were surfers, seagulls, even squirrels we could watch. It was the first Californian beach I went to and it felt so great to walk in the water and just to enjoy sunshine thinking about the rain at home.

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  • The Ghetto Van sighting activity

    by ENOTANE Written Sep 14, 2004

    As you are driving through the beautiful streets (Mission Ave, by Bush St, for example) of Oceanside, take note of all of the pre-1985 econoline or gmac vans. They require botchy paint jobs, funky tires, and free admission to the Swap Meet.
    Certain sections of town have secret ghetto van clubs, as noted by the amount of vans parked on the side of the street together.
    These vans are dangerous. Be aware that their muffler my fall off and injure your car.
    You will lose count after about 10, because there are hundreds.
    By the way, the numbers of these vans will dissipate as you drive south on the 5 to Encinitas

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    Beach bumming

    by trvlnurse Written Nov 2, 2003

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    I have become a bit of connoisseur, so to speak, of beaches and the Oceanside/Carlsbad area has some of the nicest. Clean, flat, sandy , warm beaches with washroom facilities and restaurants. Also a popular surf spot.

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    Antique Row - Shopping

    by glasslady Written Sep 22, 2003

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    Leave the beach and discover the 600 block of Mission Avenue. On the south side there is Antiques on Mission, LLL Reptile, Used Paperbacks, the Collective (shabby chic), and the newest store: Ocean Sky Beads and Glass for beads, jewelry and stained glass. On the north side is the Greek Paradise Restaurant and Cape Cottage Antiques. On Coast Highway at 216 is a brand new store for beachwear called Skirt. On Pierview Way, just a block from Antique Row is the Library with fountains on the plaza.

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    Swim with the dolphins

    by trvlnurse Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Sea World near San Diego offers time to swim with the dolphins. It is a bit pricey but I always wanted to be closer to these amazing
    creatures. It ends up more of a picture posing session but I still enjoyed the experience.

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    Infectious happiness :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    Look at these two happy faces on my picture: Laurie-Jeanne (lauriejeanne) from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Barry (spartan) living just in Oceanside - just married in Hawaii and still on Honeymoon in April 2003 :-))). It was just Barry who organized our USA welcoming VT meeting - THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH Barry!

    Their happiness was infectious hehe, was I wrong? Have a great life together forever my friends :-))).

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    Boats and yachts

    by matcrazy1 Written Jul 17, 2003

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    If you live far from any ocean, sea or larger lake (like me) you probably love to watch various larger and smaller boats and yachts. So, the Oceanside Marina is a real paradise for you. Am I wrong?
    If you have your own boat/yacht it maybe interesting to compare it with those ones in Oceanside.

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