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Oceanside's Popular Attractions   by Noah Gilbert

Spend a day at Oceanside's beaches Not surprisingly, Oceanside's key draw for both local and visitors alike is its 3.5 miles of perfect Pacific coastline. 7 beaches lie along the boundary where the surf meets the sand, each with its own character and amenities, from the bustling south pier beach with its year-round surfing competitions to the more subdued Oceanside Blvd. Beach.

Check out the Oceanside Municipal Pier
Not really an activity but a must visit if you're in the area, the Oceanside Pier is the longest all wood piers on the West Coast at a whopping 1940 feet. Taking a stroll down this bit of Oceanside history you'll encounter visitors and locals alike as the pier offers fishing, magnificent views of the local beaches, and a 50's style diner perched at the tip.

Visit the Oceanside Amphitheatre
Located adjacent to the base of the pier is the Oceanside Amphitheatre which plays host to various events throughout the year like the Summer Jam Talent Show and evening jazz and other musical performances. When not booked for a function you can find many Oceanside residents here sunning away a warm afternoon.

See the San Luis Rey Mission
If you want to take a break from Oceanside's beaches for awhile travel a little inland to visit the San Luis Rey Mission, a late 18th century mission which offers guided informational tours and quiet paths through the sunken gardens. The mission is still functional and offers weekend mass.

Stroll around the Oceanside Harbor
Hundreds of colorful boats of all shapes and sizes bob up and down in the placid waters of the Oceanside Harbor. Like a tiny seacoast village all its own, the Oceanside Harbor features many small shops and restaurants as well as a variety of boat rentals, dinner cruises, deep sea fishing expeditions, and more. The Harbor beach also offers firepits.

Visit the California Surf Museum
The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving, and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations.

Check out the Oceanside Museum of Art With exhibitions featuring both local and international artists, the Oceanside Museum of Art is housed in a class building designed by Irving Gill in the 1930s. OMA also offers art instruction, chamber music, bus tours to other Southern California art museums, and various lectures and workshops.


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