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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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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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California Welcome Center

Location: Oceanside (39 miles / 40 minutes North of Downtown San Diego); 1st Visitor Center in San Diego County when heading south on highway I-5 from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Hours: Generally open daily 9AM – 5PM.

Services: Professionally trained staff to assist with San Diego vacation plans, brochures, maps, and discount tickets.

Host: Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Printable Oceanside Visitor Guide – 102 Things to Do – 2 pages.

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The Wave Waterpark

Location: Vista (43 Miles / 45 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego); Near a Sprinter Train Station.

Open Daily: First Weekend in June – Middle of August; Generally 10AM – 4PM (Check schedule for specific hours and additional dates in May & September.)

Cost: Several options starting at $16 ($12 for Kids under 42″ and $11 for Seniors 60+). Parking is Free.

Features: Five Water Slides; a Competitive Pool for Swimming; Simulated Wave Maker; Early Morning Lap Swims.

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Carlsbad Flower Fields

Location: Carlsbad (31 Miles / 35 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 6PM from March through Early May

Cost: $11 ($10 for Seniors 60+ and $6 for Kids Ages 3 – 10)

Features: Enjoy 50 Acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus Flowers, All-American Rose Garden, World-Famous Poinsettias; Wagon Rides; Festivals

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San Diego County Fair

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

Open: June 7th – July 6th (Closed Mondays, Tuesday June 9 & June 16);

Cost: $14 ($8 for Kids ages 6-12 and Seniors 62+). Parking is $10

Features: Top 10 Fair in the Country; Several Dozen Amusement Rides; Concerts with Top National Performers; Competition in a Wide Array of Activities; Carnival Games & Food; 2011 Theme is ‘Race to the Fair’

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Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Resort (Formerly the Four Seasons)

Location: La Costa (34 Miles / 45 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Year-Round; Dawn – Dusk

Cost: $215 – $235

Features: #1 Golf Resort in Southern California; Arnold Palmer Design with Ocean Views; Great Resort, Spa, and Restaurant.

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La Costa Golf Resort and Spa

Location: La Costa (34 Miles / 45 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Year-Round; Dawn – Dusk

Cost: $195 – $205; Discounts for Twilight Play and Resort Guests

Features: Former Home of the World Golf Championships; Two Courses; Great Family Resort, Spa, and Tennis Facility.

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