California Surf Museum
Until the California Surf Museum was opened, very little had been done in an organized way to preserve the history of surfing, its boards, or its fascinating artifacts.
At a time when the historical roots of many beach communities are rapidly changing and/or disappearing, the California Surf Museum is rising to the challenge of providing a strong link between the ocean, the many ocean sports, and the lifestyles of the community.
The museum is actively locating, collecting, documenting and preserving historic surfing and related artifacts and memorabilia. Through a series of rotating exhibits, the California Surf Museum presents a varied picture of the many facets of surfing. The museum is located at 312 Pier View Way.
Museum of Art
The Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation has built a fine arts museum in The Gill Building (formerly City Hall). No more-appropriate place could have been chosen for an art center. Located on Pier View Way, just east of the Civic Center, this historic building offers nearly 6,000 square feet of exhibit space - a venue perfectly suited for the arts. Hours for the Museum are Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A modest entrance fee will be charged.
Mission San Luis Rey
Reaching up the coast, located a day's ride apart, were the Spanish missions. Founded on June 13, 1798 as the 18th in California, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia grew to become the largest. Dubbed "King of the Missions" for its size, the current structure was built between 1811 and 1815 by Mission Indians. The sparkling white facility is still an active church and you may attend services, tour the facility and shop the quaint gift shop. Take Mission Avenue east to 4050 Mission Ave. (approximately 10 min. from the coast).
Audubon Society Nature Center
At the absolute southern edge of Oceanside, you'll find the Buena Vista Audubon Society's Nature Center. Sited on the Buena Vista Lagoon, the Center offers a variety of natural history experiences.
In the course of an afternoon, you can walk amid native plants to see views of the lagoon and its bird life, discover tracks along the shore that reveal the night's animal visitors, tour the garden of native plants, find the world's tiniest mammals in one of the exhibits of local habitat, learn what endangered species live in the lagoon and challenge your children with nature games.
The Center was founded to promote its goals of appreciation and conservation of nature and brings the mission to the community through field trips, monthly lectures, tours and programs for children and involvement in community environmental issues.
The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Take Coast Highway to 2202 South Coast Highway. Phone (760) 439-BIRD (2473).
Top Gun House
If you're a fan of Tom Cruise, you'll recognize this home as the beachfront locale where he took R and R in the popular movie Top Gun. To make it look more rural, dirt was spread over Pacific Street.
Get into the swing at more than 72 golf courses in San Diego County. Within the city limits are El Camino Country Club, Emerald Isle, Oceanside Municipal and Center City Golf Courses. Approximately 30 minutes drive will reward the avid golfer with some of Southern California's most challenging courses.