Oceanside Cheap Activities

While Oceanside is certainly a much more affordable spot than many of our neighbors to the south, sometimes you need to find something to do that doesn’t even require a trip to the back pocket. Here are some great local activities that cost very little or nothing at all.

Things to look at

  • The Oceanside Museum of Art
    Located at 704 Pier View Way, the Oceanside Museum of Art showcases original art by regional stars and internationally recognized masters.
  • The Phantom Gallery
    At suite “E” in Artists Alley, North Coast Hwy at Pier View, the Phantom Gallery presents work by talented local artists.
  • California Surf Museum
    on Coast Hwy at Pier View displays information on the history of surfers and surf board shapers from the 1900s to the 1980s.

Places to wander

  • The Oceanside Farmer’s Market
    Held every Thursday from 9 am to 1:00 pm on Pier View at Coast Hwy, the Oceanside Farmer’s Market is a great place to find all sorts of goodies from local and regional
  • The Oceanside Pier
    One of the longest wooden piers in California, the Oceanside Municipal Pier is a great place to look out over the Pacific Ocean. Adjacent you’ll find the Oceanside Amphitheater Bandshell where crooners have entertained since 1927.
  • The Oceanside Harbor
    A great place to wander, dine or just gander, the Oceanside Harbor is at the northernmost point of Oceanside’s sandy beach expanse.  Our spectacular beachfront spans 3 ½ miles, and you can stroll from the harbor to Carlsbad during low tide!
  • Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center
    Located in South Oceanside at Coast Hwy, you can discover the enchantment of a fresh water lagoon and spot rare water birds at the Bunea Vista Audubon Society.

Historical Adventures

  • Rancho Guajome Adobe
    In their day Ysidora Bandini and her husband Cave Johnson Couts, rocked the casa at the State and National Historic
    Landmark Rancho Guajome Adobe. For more information call 760-724-4082.
  • Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
    The "King of Missions" located at 4050 Mission Avenue is the 18th of California’s twenty-one missions. It was the largest, most populated mission of its day. Tours  are offered 10 am to 4 pm daily. A Catholic Mass is also held on weekends.


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