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Whale Watching
(Late December thru Late March)

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Beaches — from oceanside to the Mexican Border
Ocean toys
Kayak Rental — 10 mins N (ocean or lagoon)
Jet Ski Rental — 10 mins N (lagoon)
Paddle-boarding — 10 mins M (lagoon)
Surfboard and wetsuit rental — 10 mins Ponto or Tamarack
Boogie Boarding — ditto
LegoLand— 10 mins N
Free Jazz Concerts in the park (Summer—every Friday) — nearby, sometimes across the street
Golf — Carlsbad Public Course — 10 mins N
Fountains and shopping at Carlsbad Company Stores — 10 mins N
Peacocks running around wild at Rancho Carrillo — 10 mins N
Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Walk — 10 mins S
Coyote Bar & Grill — nightly mostly live music, outdoor, fire pits — 10 mins N
Carlsbad Children's Museum — 10 mins N
Carlsbad Museum of Making Music — 10 mins N
K1 Racing — go carts — inexpensive fun and fast. Indoors, 10 mins NE
Swami’s gardens — free, 15 mins S
Encinitas — Vintage Hot Rods — some Thursdays in Summer — 15 mins S
Quail Botanical Gardens — Encinitas (free on Tuesday) — 15 mins SE
Mission in Oceanside — 25 mins N
Bowling, Oceanside — 15 minutes N
Frey's Aquarium — neat huge aquarium in an electronics store — 20 mins E
Tour Taylor Guitar Factory 1pm daily (free, call 1st) — 20 mins E
Oceanside Harbor — 20 mins N
The Wave Waterpark — San Marcos — 20 mins E
ParaBoarding — Solano Beach (windy days) — 20 mins S
Parrot place — Freeflight (free) — 20 mins away S
S Cedros — Solano Beach —Art galleries, neat shops/dining— 25 mins S
Birch Aquarium — 25 mins S (neat place, not Sea World—like)
Hiking in Torrey Pines — perched above the coast — 30 mins S
Del Mar Fair — seasonal, typical State Fair — 30 mins S
Del Mar Horse Racing — July — 30 mins S
Del Mar Polo — seasonal — 30 mins S
Golf — Torrey Pines — very famous — 30 mins S
Hang—gliding at Torrey Pines — watch or fly, 30 mins S
La Jolla Children's Beach — seals lying on sand — 30 mins S
La Jolla Underwater National Park — snorkeling, scuba — 30 mins S
Salk Institute — Nobel prize central — La Jolla — 30 mins S
Escondido Vintage Cars — seasonal, every Friday — 30 mins SE
Buena Vista Gardens (poor man’s Buschart Gardens, very neat) — 30 mins E
Pacific Beach — fun surfer area — 30 mins S
Harbor Island — pretty harbor—side area, view of ships — 30 mins S
Shelter Island— pretty harbor—side area, view of ships — 30 mins S
Seaport Village — harbor-side shopping — 30 mins S
Sea World — 30 mins S
DUCK (amphibious vehicle) harbor tours — 30 mins S
San Diego Bay tours — 30 min S
Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum — 30 mins S
ParaSailing — Mission Bay — 40 mins S
Balboa Park — tons of museums, beautiful grounds — 30 mins S
Aerospace Museum — 30 mins S in Balboa Park
Zoo — Downtown — 30 mins S in Balboa Park
Wild Animal Park 40 mins E
Old Town — Mexican area — neat shops and restaurants — 40 mins S
Gas Lamp restaurant/nightlife area — 40 mins S
Sailing — 40 mins S
Whale Watching — 40 mins S or N
Point Loma — Coastal State park — 40 mins S
Hillcrest — fun artsy gay area, neat shops and restaurants — 40 mins SE
Temecula — Cowboy Country (old shops / antiques) — 45 mins NE
Faux gondola rides, Newport Beach— 45 mins N
Sport Fishing — 15—45 mins S or N
Dana Point — pretty harbor area — 45 mins N
El Cajon Vintage Cars — seasonal, every Friday — 50 mins SE
Glider rides, Warner Springs (close to Palomar Observatory) — 1.5 hour E
Sky Diving — 1 hour E or S
Casinos (Native Indian owned)— 1 hour E
Palomar Observatory — 1.5 hour E (windy road)
Tall Ship Cruise — 1.5 hours N — seasonal
Catalina Island — 1.5 hours N then ferry (day trip, very neat, good snorkeling, zip line)
Disneyland — 1.5 hours N
Mexico — 1.5 hours S (if you must, but we dont recommend it)
Universal Studios — 2 hours N
Knott's Berry Farm — 2 hours N