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Art & Culture

From vibrant street art to an 18th-Century Mission, it is easy to see why Oceanside was named by the California Arts Council as one of the 14 significant cultural districts in the state. Fill your day artistic expressions by visiting museums and galleries or stroll the city streets taking in the relaxed cultural vibes.


  1. Begin your day with a short stroll over to Banana Dang Coffee to grab a refreshing coffee and snack as you begin your artsy exploration around downtown Oceanside.

  2. With coffee in hand, walk along Coast Highway to spot inviting shops and restaurants, along with the yester-year landmarks, including two historic theatres that regularly host live productions and musical entertainment.

  3. As you approach Pier View Way, you are in for a real treat. Head east to explore the quaint Artist Alley welcoming you with a vibrant mural, along with local art galleries and retail shops.

  4. The next stop on Pier View Way is the Oceanside Museum of Art, host to 15 exhibitions a year in addition to concerts, workshops, and other community events.

  5. As you make your way back to the center of downtown Oceanside, pause for lunch at the delectable Petite Madeline Bakery. Check out the daily specials to see the latest farm to table creations. Don’t forget to grab a sweet treat before you continue exploring.

  6. Next stop is to experience the beach culture and surf history at the California Surf Museum. Exhibits rotate throughout the year, but the Bethany Hamilton exhibition is on permanent display, featuring the infamous shark-bitten surfboard.

  7. If you are in the mood for a refreshing craft beer before heading home, rest your feet within the urban outdoor garden of the Stone Company Store.

  8. Look for cool destination deals in Oceanside on our deals page.

Arriving By Train

Clean, breezy and close to the action, the Oceanside Transit Center connects to Metrolink, Amtrak, and Coaster trains and bus service.

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Get A Discount

A number of shops, restaurants and historic sites offer discounts to those who take Metrolink. Be sure to explore all the deals while planning your trip!

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How To Ride

Download the Metrolink Mobile Ticketing App. Or use any ticket vending machine (TVM) at any Metrolink station with weekend service to spend the best $10 ever.

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