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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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San Diego Botanic Garden

Location: Encinitas (26 Miles / 30 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (8PM on Summer Thursdays)

Cost: $12 ($8 for Seniors, Students, & Military and $6 for Kids 3 – 12)

Features: Most Diverse Plant Collection in the World; Meandering Trails; Ocean Views; Children’s Garden; Special Events

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Lux Art Institute

Location: Encinitas (24 Miles / 30 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: Thursdays – Saturdays 1PM – 5PM (Opens at 11AM on Saturdays)

Cost: $10 (Free for those under 21 years old)

Features: Internationally Recognized Artists Create Their Works of Art While You Watch

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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Location: Vista (44 Miles / 50 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM (Closed on Christmas and New Year’s)

Cost: $3 ($2 for Kids and Seniors)

Features: 55 Acre Farm Serves as a Museum for Thousands of Antique Farm Artifacts; Recreates the Typical California Farm from the 1850s – 1950s; Dozens of Items Used in Hollywood Movies.

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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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Marine Corps Mechanized Museum

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

Open Weekdays: 7:30AM – 4PM (1PM on Fridays); Closed on Weekends

Cost: Free; Must Show Driver’s License and have Proof of Car Insurance to enter Camp Pendleton

Features: Relics of Past Conflicts including Tanks, Missile Carriers, Howitzer, and other Combat Vehicles

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San Luis Rey River Trail

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

Open Daily: Dawn to Dusk

Cost: Free, Including Bike Rentals

Features: Hike and Bike a 14.4-Mile Round-Trip Trail Along a Riverbed Starting Near the Oceanside Pier

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Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

Location: Oceanside (36 Miles / 40 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

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

Cost: Free; Donations Accepted

Features: Nature Center Hosted by the Buena Vista Audobon Society on the only Freshwater Coastal Lagoon in Southern California; Mastodon Fossils

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Del Mar Horse Races

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

Schedule: Wednesdays to Sundays from July 20, 2011 to September 7, 2011. Generally runs 2PM – 6PM. Starts 4PM on Fridays.

Cost: Several options starting at $6. Parking is $8 ($10 for Friday & Saturday Concerts).

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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