Escondido & San Diego Attractions
California Center For The Arts Museum
340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido CA 92025
Escondido's cultural and artistic epicenter, the California Center for the Arts, located on a green, 12-acre campus in downtown Escondido, is a multi-faceted arts foundation attracting over 300,000 people annually to its arts education programs, conference center, museum and world-class performance arts season.
San Diego Wild Animal Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
The Serengeti meets North County San Diego for an 1800-acre San Diego safari experience. More >>
Legoland California is the ultimate family theme park where everyone's imagination runs free. Over 50 rides, shows and attractions make for a full day of one-of-a-kind adventures and a lifetime of memories.
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Old Escondido Historic District
In 1989, the City of Escondido established the Old Escondido Historic District, a neighborhood encompassing 900 homes built in the mid-1880s and comprising many well-preserved and lovingly restored examples of early California architecture. Styles include Craftsman bungalows and Victorian homes. The Old Escondido Historic District is bounded by 4th Avenue on the north, 13th on the south, Escondido Boulevard to the west and Chestnut on the east and is well suited to touring on foot or by car. Home tours of the historic district are scheduled each year on Mother's Day.
1700 North La Honda Drive, Escondido, CA 92027
Operated by the City of Escondido, Dixon Lake was created with the construction of Dixon Dam in 1971. Built to be used as a water reservoir and recreation, the lake was stocked with largemouth bass which sometimes get as big as 20 pounds and Dixon Lake today offers a scenic natural setting for fishing, boating, camping and picnics. Dixon Lake is open year-round and gates open at 6am. The park closes at dusk. Night fishing is available during the summer months. Park rules prohibit pets, outboard motors, firearms, swimming and alcohol, except at the campsites. Day use fees are $3 to $5 last time we checked. Reservations can be made on weekdays from 7am to 4:00pm by calling 760.741.3328.
Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum
29013 Champagne Blvd., Escondido CA 92026
Escondido's award-winning winery bottles its own Cabernet Sauvignon, Fumè Blush, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel on its rustic estate. In addition to wine tastings and tours, Deer Park Winery also houses the world's largest collection of vintage convertibles.
Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido CA
Named after an American army scout, Kit Carson Park is Escondido's Central Park, with over 200 acres of beautiful trails, ponds and picnic areas, in addition to a 3,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater. With sporting greens for baseball and soccer, the Sports Center also offers a massive skate park and roller hockey arena.
Lawrence Welk Museum
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido CA 92026
Lawrence Welk, the champagne-loving host of the Lawrence Welk show (on air for 27 years) is an American celebrity most Generation X-ers won't recall. But at this offbeat Escondido attraction, located on an RV Park, Welk reigns supreme. The world's largest Champagne glass and a life-size Lawrence Welk bandstand complete the nostalgia.
Welk Resort Theatre
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido CA 92026
This 300-seat Escondido theatre hosts Broadway musicals and variety shows, preceded by a buffet in the Welk Resort's restaurant.
35899 Canfield Rd., Palomar Mountain CA 92060
Away from bright city lights, the relatively dark skies over Caltech's Palomar Observatory offer optimal stellar views. Palomar Observatory is home to the world-consulted Hale 200-inch telescope, housed in a large white dome and open to special day and night tours.
Queen Califia's Magical Circle
3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido CA
A bright, shiny sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park donated to Escondido by the late internationally-renowned artist, Niki de Saint Phalle.
San Pasqual Battlefield State Park
15808 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido CA 92027
On the site of the historical pre-dawn battle between American and Californio forces vying for what is now Escondido during the Mexican-American War, San Pasqual Battlefield State Park is a 50-acre park immortalizing the American victory. An actual reenactment of the San Pasqual battle takes place every December.
More San Diego Attractions
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive (in Balboa Park), San Diego CA 92112; Tel. 619.234.3153
Pandas, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, bonobos and more of the world's genetic spectrum call the 100-acre San Diego Zoo in downtown San Diego's Balboa Park home. More >>
500 Seaworld Dr., San Diego CA 92109; Tel. 619.226.3901
The world-famous killer whale, Shamu, shows off a more playful side with high jumps and audience-wetting flicks of the fin in Shamu's Happy Harbor. More >>
Balboa Park Information Center: 1549 El Prado, San Diego CA; Tel. 619.239.0512
Blocks from downtown San Diego and home to museums, botanical gardens and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is one of San Diego's top attractions. Nearly 1400 acres large and named after the first Spanish Conquistador thought to have glimpsed the Pacific Ocean, Balboa Park is a green wonderland dotted with architectural gems, from the Beaux Arts buildings of the 1915 Panama-California Exhibition to the Spanish Colonial (some with Pueblo and Mayan influences) of the 1935 Pacific-California Expo. In addition, Balboa Park also houses sports facilities (Morley Field), tennis courts, swimming pools and both a nine- and 18-hole golf course.
3146 Mission Blvd. (at West Mission Bay Dr.), San Diego CA 92109; Tel. 858.488.0668
In Mission Beach, Belmont Park is a small, family-style amusement park known for it's classic, white-wood roller coaster and the Plunge, a large indoor pool. Surrounding the park are plenty of Mission bars, pizza parlors and taquerias open late. Plus, Mission Beach, another San Diego attraction, is just steps away.
One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad CA 92008; Tel. 760.918.5246
The only Legoland park in the United States (there are three in Europe), San Diego's Legoland theme park is a veritable wonderland, filled with rides, shows and more, for children ages two to 14. Kids can climb the 30-foot Power Tower, catch panoramic views of Legoland and the Pacific Ocean and then "free fall" back down. Plus, kids can ride in a Lego boat, fly lego planes, tour the lego factory, and take a medieval roller coaster ride in the sky on Spellbreaker.
Mission San Diego de Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego CA 92108; Tel. 619.281.8449
In Mission Valley (near San Diego's Hotel Circle and close to the beaches and Seaworld), the Mission San Diego de Alcala was originally founded on July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. Dubbed a basilica (a church of extreme importance) by the Pope, Mission San Diego de Alcala was a main hub for the Spanish colonization of the local Kumeyaay Native Americans (and was once burned to ground by over 800 marauding Native Americans who massacred Father Jaymes, currently buried under the present-day altar). Today, the Mission San Diego de Alcala serves as an active, all-faith parish and important cultural San Diego attraction.
Old Town State Park
San Diego Ave. and Twiggs St., San Diego CA 92110; Tel. 619.220.5422
Downtown San Diego has been the "New Town" since the late 1860s, but before that, what is still known as Old Town was the epicenter of European civilization. Still organized around Old Town Plaza, Old Town itself is now mostly a San Diego spot for Mexican nouvelle dining in a rustic, Spanish colonial setting and an import shopping destination, most notably for the colorful and buoyant Bazaar del Mundo, which is open late and perfect for pre-Margarita browsing. Of special note is Old Town's bevy of haunted houses: Robinson-Rose House (the Old Town Visitor Center), the La Casa de Estudillo , a restored adobe home complete with period furnishing, and the Whaley House Museum, a government-certified haunted house since 1960, all of which house cold spots and unexplained phenomena.
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