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San Diego’s attractions extend well beyond the downtown area. Over the years, many great attractions have been built well north of downtown San Diego to become more accessible to visitors driving from Los Angeles.

One of the earliest attractions built along the northern coastline was the Del Mar Horse Racetrack. Since the founding of the racetrack by Hollywood actors Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and Jimmy Durante, travelers have been pouring into this area of San Diego County ever since.

Visitors now come from all over the world to visit LEGOLAND, the Museum of Music, California’s largest Spanish Mission, miles of beaches, and several other world class attractions and resorts.

However, this coastal region has still been able to preserve enough agricultural land to help make San Diego County the #1 producer of floriculture in the nation. The San Diego Botanic Gardens, Carlsbad Flower Fields and other local nurseries open their doors for travelers to see the beauty that comes from being able to grow flowers year-round in our Mediterranean climate. (Did you know 75% of all Poinsettia plants sold during the Winter Holidays nationwide are originated in this area of San Diego?)

Come see what attracts people to the the northern coastal areas of San Diego by selecting each of the picture tabs above or view the full list of North County Coastal Attractions.

LEGOLAND California

Location: Carlsbad (35 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Generally Open 10AM – 5PM (8PM during Summer); Additional Hours during School Vacations

Cost: Several options starting at $67 ($57 for Kids ages 3-12 and Seniors 60+). Parking is $12

Features: More than 50 Family Rides; Focused on Kids ages 2 – 12; Attractions built out of LEGO blocks include Pirates, Dinosaurs, Animals, and National Monuments.

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SEA LIFE Aquarium

Location: Carlsbad (35 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Generally Open 10AM – 5PM during Winter and 9AM – 8PM during Summer (More Details Below)

Cost: Several options starting at $20 ($15 for Kids ages 3-12 and $15 for Seniors 60+). Parking is $5

Features: Aquarium Focused on Children Ages 2 – 12; Underwater World of LEGO models; 35 foot long Underwater Tunnel; Touch Pools

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Del Mar Horse Races

Location: Del Mar (22 Miles / 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

When are the Races? Wednesdays to Sundays from July 17, 2014 to September 3, 2014 and from November 7, 2014 to November 30, 2014. Generally runs 2PM – 6PM. Starts 4PM on Fridays.

Cost: Several options starting at $6. Parking is $10.

Features: One of the Top Horse Racetracks in the Country; Several Stakes Races; Place to See and Be Seen; Free Friday Concerts

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Oceanside Pier, Beaches, and Local Attractions

Location: Oceanside (38 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Features: Longest Wooden Pier on the West Coast; 3 Miles of Beaches; Boat Harbor; California Surf Museum; Art Museum; Theatre; Thursday Night Hot Spot

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California Surf Museum

Location: Oceanside (38 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM. (8PM on Thursdays)

Cost: $5 ($3 for Students, Military, and Seniors 62+; Free for kids)

Features: State of California Surf Museum covering the History of Surfing in California; Skateboarding Memorabilia

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Mission San Luis Rey Museum

Location: Oceanside (42 Miles / 45 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Entry Allowed 10AM – 4PM

Cost: $6 ($5 for Seniors 65+, $4 for Kids 6-18)

Features: Largest Mission in California; Historic Water Conservation System; Oil Paintings; Abraham Lincoln Signed Document

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National Museum of Making Music

Location: Carlsbad (32 Miles / 35 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM (Closed on Mondays)

Cost: $7 ($5 for Students 4 – 18 and Seniors 60+)

Features: History of Music; Huge Collection of Musical Instruments; Music Exhibitions and Events

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Oceanside Museum of Art

Location: Oceanside (38 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM (Opens at 1PM on Sundays and Closed on Mondays)

Cost: $8 ($5 for Seniors 65+, Free for Students and Military Families with I.D.)

Features: Hosts Impressive Art Exhibitions in a Modern Facility added to an Irving Gill Designed Building; Music & Art Events

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Oceanside Harbor

Location: Oceanside (39 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Features: Sailboat Tours, Whale-Watching, Sportfishing, Boat Rentals

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North County San Diego Beaches

Location: San Diego County Coastline from Del Mar to Camp Pendleton (20 Miles – 55 Miles North of Downtown San Diego)

Features: Dozens of Beaches to Choose From, Each With Its Own Character; Get Information on Attractions Near Each Beach.

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Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Location: Carlsbad (32 Miles / 35 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 9PM (7PM on Sundays)

Features: 90 Upscale Outlet Stores including Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger

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