10 Fun Places to Visit in North San Diego County

By Jodi Lorence, Macaron Kid Publisher January 31, 2021

There are so many fun things to do in our community. With the Covid restrictions be sure to check before heading out to visit any of the places listed below. 

1. Visit the California Surf Museum Store 312 Pier View Wany, Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: (760) 721-6876. The museum floor is closed at the moment but you can still visit their store daily from 11 am - 3 pm. Click here to check on museum updates. "The California Surf Museum was founded in 1986 and has been in operation for three decades serving tens of thousands of annual visitors from over 40 nations around the globe. With a permanent collection that chronicles the history of surfboards and wave-riding, the museum also offers many revolving exhibits each year. In its current museum-quality space, it has acquired a rare set of archives and collections gathered over more than 30 years, comprising one of the world’s richest troves of surfing history."

2. Visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Phone: (619) 231-1515 San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Will Reopen Saturday, January 30. In following the guidance set forth from the Governor’s Office, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will reopen to guests on Saturday, January 30. As outdoor destinations, we continue to follow all local, state, and federal guidelines. Reservations are required. Click here to make your reservation.

3. Legoland One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone: (888) 690-5346 Legoland is closed temporarity due to Covid, but will open back up soon. Click here to check. Legoland's Store is open to the public. Click here for hours and more. 

4. SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 

Phone: (888) 690-5346 Sea Life Aquarium at LEGOLAND is currently closed due to Covid restrictions. Please click here for updated opening dates. 

5. Visit Downtown Encinitas Encinitas, California

Downtown Encinitas is rich in history and character. It has a unique combination of the feel of an old beach town, a healthy outdoor lifestyle, with beautiful beaches. The weather here is summerlike throughout the year so it's residents enjoy the outdoors and live a healthy lifestyle.

6. Visit the Shoppes at Carlsbad Mall 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone: (760) 444-0620

The Shoppes at Carlsbad captures the essence of Southern California’s culture of relaxed coastal hospitality. The multi-faceted lifestyle center is home to an exciting array of shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure tenants. The two-level, enclosed super-regional mall features more than 100 specialty stores and is anchored by Macy’s and Regal Cinemas. Recent additions to The Shoppes at Carlsbad have included H&M, Zara, The Cheesecake Factory and Yard House. For more information, please visit

7. Visit the San Diego Botanic Garden 300 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: (760) 436-3036  The San Diego Botanic Garden's mission is to "To inspire people of all ages to connect
with plants and nature."  San Diego Botanic Garden offers a fun and family-friendly community gathering space designed to foster delight and curiosity of the natural world. Click here to see their events. They also have Open Air Yoga each Saturday in February at 9:15 am - 10:15 am. Click here to Register.

8. Take a Virtual Class with the San Diego Botanic Garden 300 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024

Do you want to stay connected to the Garden and learn from the comfort of your own home? We have a fun lineup of virtual learning for you, including classes with supplies available for pickup. Register for classes here.

9. Visit Moonlight State Beach 386 B Street, Encinitas, CA 92024

Enjoy the outdoors by heading to the beach. This California state beach is run by the City of Encinitas. Your family can enjoy surfing, sunbathing, tennis, volleyball, bonfires, beach walking, and swimming. There is park for the kids to play at as well. 

10. Visit South Carlsbad State Beach Carlsbad Blvd and Poinsettia Ln., Carlsbad, CA 92011

This 3-mile long beach is such a great place to visit. Along with all the fun that comes with visiting a beach such as camping, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, hiking, fishing, birdwatching there are also Yoga classes at the Carlsbad State Beach. Click here to see the schedule: You can check their Facebook page for updated Yoga information too. Yoga is also held at the Robert C. Frazee Beach in Carlsbad.

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