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    Tour Legoland California
    Only themepark of its kind in America, over 40 major rides and attractions in the bright Legobrick colors. Designed primarily to give a fun educational play experience to young children ages 2-12. The many attractions, rides, shows and play areas feature the bright cheerful Lego colors and toys. Play activities include driving electric cars, boats and aircraft and to explore many fantasy settings.

    Tour Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
    Flowers in bloom : Mid-March to Mid-May

    Carlsbad Ranch is a historic agricultural area renowned for being the world leading production center of commercial grade ranunculas.

    The San Diego Zoo
    Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the 100-acre World-Famous San Diego Zoo cares for more than 4,000 individual animals representing 800 different species. Its collection, as well as its collection of over 6,500 species of plants, is acknowledged as one of the finest in the world.

    Sea World - San Diego
    Giant marine zoological park and aquariums. Home of Shamu the Killer Whale and other great adventures.

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    Birch Aquarium at Scripps
    Located adjacent to the world-renown Scripps Institute of Oceanography this facility has large salt-water aquariums primarily dedicated to the study of both cold water and tropical water marine life of the Pacific Ocean. Includes giant octopus, jelly-fish, garibaldi, kelp forest and live coral. Several educational exhibits. Offshore is the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park - the subject of a lot of scientific research.

    The Wave Waterpark - Vista CA
    161 Recreation Drive, Vista, CA 92083; (760) 940-WAVE; May-Sept;
    Waterpark Website;

    $3.8 million state-of-the-art city operated family aquatic park that includess waterslides and a very wet children's playground.

  • Swim lessons and group programs available during the year.
  • Competition swimming pool
  • Flow-Rider surf pool
  • Crazy River
  • 5 giant waterslides
  • Children's activity pool

    Bates Nut Farm - Valley Center CA
    Features locally grown produce, nuts, fruits, candies and packaged delicacies. Farm animals petting coral, arts and crafts fairs, pumpkin sales, and Christmas trees.

    Del Fairgrounds and Racetrack
    This large facility is host to horse racing (July-Sept), the San Diego County Fair (June), the ScreamZone (October), and Holiday Lights (December).

    Biplace, Air Combat and Warbird Adventures - Palomar Airport
    Palomar Airport, 1-800-SKY-LOOP; Attraction Website;
    Palomar Airport Barnstorming airplace rides - Try the Top Dog Air Combat or Warbird Loops and Rolls. Fly over flower fields, coast & beaches, inland over orchards & vineyards. Each flight can be more thrilling than a roller-coaster or gentle as a featherbed.

    K1 Speedway - Carlsbad CA
    6212 Corte Del Abeto, Carlsbad, CA 92009; (760) 929-2225; Speedway Website;
    Experience the thrill of wheel to wheel racing in high-performance Italian karts! 1Speed is the largest indoor karting facility on the west coast. Their 75,000 sq.ft. facility has over 2000 feet of racing excitement! Adult, Junior and Competition state of the art carts with 20HP engines (capable of upto 120 km/hr) instead of the typical 6.5 engines.

    Tour Disneyland USA - Anaheim CA
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    San Diego Wild Animal Park - San Pasqual Valley
    Cageless zoo lets you see major animals in their natural environment.

    Ice Town Large indoor skating rink offers an extensive variety of ice skating programs. Daily public sessions are available for recreational skaters. Learn to skate with group skating lessons and private lessons, and progress on to both ISI and US Figure Skating competitive programs. The hockey program includes: In-House Youth Hockey, Jaguars Travel Hockey League, In-House Adult Hockey, clinics, and tournaments. ICE TOWN can also accommodate birthday parties, private group reservations, and broom ball.
    Okanagan Hockey School - La Jolla Academy
    La Jolla Jaguars - Youth Travel Hockey League
    UCSD Tritons Ice Hockey - all practices and games held at Ice Town.

    Carlsbad Beaches & Lagoons
    Major Lagoons: Agua Hedionda, Buena Vista & Batiquitos

    This San Diego beach features swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. There area also three major wetland habitats. At least 103 bird species, 18 mammals, and 14 amphibians and reptiles live in and around the lagoon, and many more birds visit during spring and fall migrations. Beside regular Boat and WaveRunner rentals, local facilities manage a youth summer camp operation with many exciting activities including surf instruction, wakeboarding, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, peddleboating, waverunners, oceanography, beach games.

    Boomers - Family Fun Centers
    Family Entertainment Centers featuring mini-golf, game arcades, bumber boats, batting cages, go-cart racing, laser tag, food and more. Popular destination for children's birthdays. Look for days with discount pass prices.
    Boomers El Cajon - 1155 Graves Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021
    Boomers San Diego - 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
    Boomers Vista - 1525 W. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92083;

    Tour Buena Park
    Several major theme park attractions located here.
    Knott's Berry Farm
    Knott's Soak City
    Medieval Times /
    Movieland Wax Museum /
    Ripley's Museum

    Tour Palomar Observatory - Mount Palomar
    In the 1930's Caltech scientists began their search for a remote location for an observatory in the Southern California and Arizona mountains. When first installed in 1947 it was the world's largest telescope.

    Tour Balboa Park - San Diego
    Dozens of museums, libraries, gardens, and many other attractions Find out when to visit for free.

    More Theme Park Venues:
    Camp Pendleton Paintball Park - Open range park includes equipment rentals.
    Family Fun Center Vista - Family entertainment complex including miniature golf, bumper boats, arcade and restaurant. Attractions, special events, and group packages.

    Other Attractions:
    Carlsbad Strawberry Fields - - Giant commercial field that is visible from the I-5 Freeway at Cannon Rd (Legoland exit)
    Balloon Rides - Del Mar Sunset Balloon Rides
    Socal Seaplanes - Family fun guided adventure
    Socal Helicopters - Family fun guided adventure
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La Costa Resort & Spa - Carlsbad
One of the world's pre-eminent spa, golf and tennis resorts. Nestled on 400 rolling acres between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills. The award-winning resort comprises 479 luxurious rooms, suites and executive homes, heated swimming pools and jogging paths.

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel
5805 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008; /
Only hotel located next door to Legoland California and the Carlsbad Flower Fields. 130 first class units and conference center with awesome panaromic ocean views. Two outdoor swimming pools and big kids waterplay playground.

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Tour Palm Springs
This desert oasis is a most popular warm-weather winter retreat with over 100 championship golf courses to play on, fine dining and great entertainment.

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    Museum of Making Music - Carlsbad Ranch
    5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008; (877) 551-9976; Museum Website;
    Open: Tues-Sun 10AM-5PM;

    Located at the headquarters of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) next to Legoland;
    Exhibits date back to 1890 to trace this history of innovations in popular music. Over rare 450 musical instruments on display in a 6,500 sq. ft. exhibit space divided into five major themes. Research library and archives are also available. Their goal is to preserve, exhibit and promote the history of the music products industry. Ask about guided tours.

    Historic Magee Park - Carlsbad Village
    200 Beech St, Carlsbad; Tours: Sat/Sun 1-5PM;
    Enchanting 2.5 acre park located downtown at Beech and Garfield Streets. Adjacent to Heritage Hall, a 1926 vintage town meeting hall and the Magee House. Surrounding the museum are a variety of old fashion gardens that attempt to demonstrate Carlsbad's agricultural past. All of the gardens are maintained through the combined volunteer efforts of the Arboretum Society, the Carlsbad Historical Society and the North Coastal Rose Group, as well as city staff.
    Carlsbad Historical Society

    Oceanside Museum of Art - Downtown Oceanside
    704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA; (760) 721-ARTS;Museum Website;
    Open : Tues-Sat 10am-4pm / Sun 1pm-4pm / Closed Mondays and major holidays;
    Admission Free with paid membership;

    The museum is housed in a classic Irving Gill designed building that represents the flavor of Southern California in the 1930s.

  • School of Art - offers expert instruction in a variety of media including after-school programs and outreach services for youth.
  • The Museum Store - filled with books on art, architecture, artists and art history.
  • Concerts - presented in the museum galleries blend premier acoustics with sumptuous art, an audio/visual treat that delights the senses.
  • Bus Trips - to cultural art venues throughout Southern California highlight OMA's busy travel schedule.
  • Workshops - present the opportunity to explore a variety of media from Shibori-dyed textiles to painting with inks.

    Boehm Gallery - Palomar College
    The gallery currently features nine exhibitions per year. Two of the most popular exhibitions held annually are the Art and Photography Departments Faculty Exhibition and the Annual Art Department Student Exhibition.

    California Surf Museum - Downtown Oceanside
    223 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054; (760) 721-6876; Museum Website;
    Open: Thur - Mon 10 AM to 4 PM;Free Admission;

    Founded in February 1986 - the California Surf Museum presents standing displays of surfing equipment and photographs. Every six months it introduces a new feature exhibit highlighting one of the pioneering legends of the surfing world. The museum also retails surfing-related merchandise.

    California Center for the Arts - Escondido
    In the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, patrons can experience original and inspiring exhibitions in one of the premier visual arts venues in San Diego County. Since its inception, the Museumís mission has focused on presenting and collecting the work of local American and Mexican artists. The Museum has three main galleries and an outdoor sculpture court

    Escondido History Center
    Sponsored by the Escondido Historical Society, this museum complex includes the city's first library, a barn, windmill, Victorian house, and also the 1888 Santa Fre Railroad depot with model train and working blacksmith shop.

    Guy B. Woodward Museum - Ramona CA
    Musuem offers a glimpse of the town's past, a rose garden and a collection of women's fashion from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Landing Craft Museum - Camp Pendleton USMC
    The World War II and Korea LVT Museum is located in Building 21561 in the base's boat basin and is maintained by the Assault Amphibious School Battalion.

    Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum - Guajome Park
    Educational displays of very early machinery and tractors.
    Ask about semi-annual civil war battle reenactments in Mid-March and October.

    Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum - Escondido CA
    Located on 15 acres of vineyard, orchards, grape arbors and shady oaks. Gourmet deli, picnic grounds and a very large collection of vintage convertibles and Americana.

    Mingei International Museum - North County
    North County Branch of San Diego's famous Mingei Museum collection. Mingei is a special word increasingly used throughout the world for "arts of the people." Through the universal language of line, form and color, mingei speaks eloquently of the similarities and distinctions of individuals and cultures.

    Vista Historical Museum
    a non-circulating library with extensive publications on Luisenos Missions and Rancho history; a holiday tea; the Vista Hall of Fame;

    San Dieguito Heritage Museum - Encinitas CA
    Founded in 1988, this museum collects, preserves and interprets the local history of the San Dieguito river area.

    San Diego Archaeological Center
    16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027; 760-291-0370; Museum Website;
    Programs include curation of archaeological collections, public exhibits, quarterly newsletter, public lecture series, curation volunteer training, student internships, research opportunities and cultural renewal.

    More Area Museums, Libraries and Galleries
    The Vista Historical Museum - has many exhibits that depict earlier times in Vista.
    San Dieguito Heritage Museum - Includes educational local history exhibits featuring Native Americans, Spanish Ranchos and other early settlers.
    Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery - Activities include: an outdoor Art Fair, a Children's Art Show, free art lessons, public displays, guest artists, field trips, critiques, and speakers.
    Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society - Walking Tour of Historic Sites - First saturday of the month.
    Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery - Activities include: an outdoor Art Fair, a Children's Art Show, free art lessons, public displays, guest artists, field trips, critiques, and speakers.
    Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society - Walking Tour - First saturday of the month.

    Oceanside Public Library
    330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054-2824; (760) 435-5600; Library Website;
    Local cultural and research center located at the downtown civic center.

  • World Music Concert Series - Early Spring Event
  • Bookmobile - The library on wheels
  • Giant book sales -
  • weekly storyteller session for pre-schoolers and toddlers
  • computer and career skills workshops
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Oceanside Marina Inn
The Oceanside Marina Inn is uniquely secluded in the Oceanside Harbor; you'll be steps away from water sports, harbor shopping, dining, and nightlife.

    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia - Oceanside CA

    Known as the "King of Missions" - Mission San Luis Rey is the largest of the California missions and a national landmark. Franciscan friars at the mission conduct regular tours. This church still holds regular worship services and hosts special functions during the week.

    Mission San Antonio de Pala - Pala CA
    Located 6 miles east of I-15 on SR-76. Museum, gift shop and wilderness gardens. San Antonio de Pala was a sub-mission of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. It was established in 1816. The bell tower is striking in that it is detached from the building; unusual in the mission system.

    Rancho Buena Vista Adobe - Vista Village
    651 East Vista Way, Vista, CA 92083; (760) 639-6154; Museum Website;
    Open: Wed-Say 10AM-3PM;

    Recognized as the "birthplace of Vista", this museum-quality adobe is on the last remaining 1.9 acres of the original 1845 Mexican land grant. Inside is a suberb collection of heirloom artifacts of the period. Available for weddings and special functions.

    Rosicrucian Fellowship Gardens - Oceanside
    2222 Mission Blvd, Oceanside, CA; Fellowship Website;
    At Amix Street in Oceanside. Paved 10 minute walk leads to the rose gardens near the 12-sided temple, representing the 12 signs of the zodiac. Good bird watching in the morning and late afternoon. The Rosicrucian Fellowship is An International Association of Christian Mystics dedicated to preaching the Gospel and healing the sick. Founded in 1909 after a course of lectures by Dr. Max Heindel.

    Prince of Peace Abbey - Oceanside
    650 Benet Hill Rd, Oceanside, (760) 430-1305; Monastery Website;
    Catholic Benedictine Monastery open for daily services, retreats and meditative walks.

    The Ranch House Complex - Camp Pendleton
    Tours are booked for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. between the last week in September to the end of May.
    Historic Home of Governor Pio Pico, includes the Ranch House Chapel, the oldest structure on the base, the Bunkhouse Museum, dedicated in 1965 by Col James Roosevelt, and the Ranch House, built in the mid 1800s. It was the home of Pio Pico, last Mexican governor of California, and succeeding owners Don Juan Forster, the O'Neills, Floods, Baumgartners and, finally, the United States Government. The historic Ranch House, Museum and Chapel are listed as a National Historic Site.

    More Area Historic Landmarks
    Rancho Buena Vista Adobe - Recognized as the "birthplace of Vista", this museum-quality adobe is on the last remaining 1.9 acres of the original 1845 Mexican land grant.
    Rancho Guajome Adobe - - hacienda depicts a unique example of Anglo-Hispanic architecture built on an original Mexican land grant.
    Self Realization Fellowship - Retreat and Hermitage Grounds. Yoga and meditation center founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. Encinitas.

Adventure Links Tour Nature Centers & Gardens - North Coast San Diego

Welk Resort Center
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Over 1000 acres of magnificent scenery offering 137 deluxe hotel rooms and suites, 286 luxury 5-star villas, two 18-hole golf courses, an award-winning dinner theater, pools, spas, lighted tennis courts, shopping pavilion, private guided tours to area points of interest, onsite classes, seminars, and events.

Fallbrook Franciscan Inn
Hotel amenities include outdoor pool, heated spa, free breakfast, cable TV, and air-conditioning. Relax and enjoy the beautiful village of Fallbrook, Avocado Capitol of the World, set in rolling slopes, avocado and orange groves, with an ideal year-round climate.

    Quail Botanical Gardens
    The only botanical garden in San Diego County, this park has one of the world's most diverse plant collections. Scenic trails take visitors to 20 unique gardens, a 60 foot waterfall in a tropical rain forest and North America's largest display of bamboo. Surrounding chaparral area serves as a natural bird refuge. San Diego visitors and residents are invited to experience this spectacular collection of flora. Tours, nature walks, lectures, landscape advice and instructional programs are offered.

    San Dieguito River Park
    Partially completed Coast-to-Crest wilderness trail follows the path of the San Dieguito Rivier. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian and may even connect with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park just beyond. It will wind past Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Escondido, Lake Hodges and Lake Sutherland.

    Buena Vista Lagoon - Oceanside CA
    Buena Vista Lagoon is a 223-acre wetland habitat located within the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside. At least 103 bird species, 18 mammals, and 14 amphibians and reptiles live in and around the lagoon, and many more birds visit during spring and fall migrations.

    Agua Hedionda Lagoon - Carlsbad Ranch
    Both a nature encounter area and watersports (jet ski) area.

    Batiquitos Lagoon - La Costa CA
    Located on the south side of Carlsbad. It forms the scenic backdrop for both the Aviara and La Costa Country Clubs and Resort as well as many luxury homes in the area.

    Flower Capital of the World - Encinitas CA
    Encinitas is famous as the "Flower Capital of the World" and is home to an extensive collection of fine nurseries and gardens. Several of these wholesalers and retailers will ship fresh cut flowers to any destination in the world. This industry started with the poinsettias of Paul Ecke Ranch and has since grown to include many horticulture greenhouse operations.

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    Quail Botanical Gardens
    230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA; (760) 436-3036; Gardens Website;
    Open Daily 9AM-5PM; Summer Concert Series;
    Tours every Sat. at 10AM / First Tues of month @ 10:30AM.

    Quail Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the conservation of rare and endangered plants from across the globe. San Diego visitors and residents are invited to experience this spectacular collection of flora. Tours, nature walks, lectures, landscape advice and instructional programs are offered.

    The only botanical garden in San Diego County, this park has one of the world's most diverse plant collections. Scenic trails take visitors to 20 unique gardens, a 60 foot waterfall in a tropical rain forest and North America's largest display of bamboo. Surrounding chaparral area serves as a natural bird refuge.

    Located on over 30 acres in Encinitas, California, Quail Botanical Gardens features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden.

    Seeds of Wonder
    In April of 2003, Quail introduced the West Coast's first interactive children's garden, the Seeds of Wonder. children can ... roll down a grassy hill, explore the baby dinosaur forest, discover a secret garden, and pretend in a playhouse.

  • Tales and Tunes - Story and song time every Tuesday 10AM-Noon
  • Garden Arts & Crafts - Children practice gardening every Wednesday 10AM-Noon
  • Discovery Tour - Guided Children's Garden Tour every Thursday 10AM-Noon

    Outdoor Wedding & Receptions
    There are several spectacular scenic locations here that are popular for weddings and receptions:

  • The Victorian Gazebo - beautiful large lawn framed by borders of lush flowering plants is the largest site.
  • The Walled Garden - a more intimate location enclosed with an old-fashioned brick wall that is reminiscent of an English country garden.
  • The Waterfall View Deck - overlooks a three-story waterfall, surrounded by palm trees, orchids and other tropical plants.

    Special Events

  • Summer Concerts - Select sunday evenings - check for more info.

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