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Top 5 Must Visit in San Diego North County

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Jan 6 4 minutes read

Most people traveling to San Diego tend to stay in the city and never find the time to check out the surrounding towns, but you won’t want to miss everything North County has to offer! You’ll find fabulous restaurants, beautiful beaches, trendy cocktail bars, and historic movie theaters, which are just a few of the things that this city is known for. In recent years, places like Del Mar, Encinitas, and Oceanside have become popular for foodies, art aficionados, and event lovers alike! 

There are definitely a lot of things to see in San Diego North County and if you're planning on traveling to North County this year, here are our Top 5 Must Visit.


For a day of fun with your kids or for the kid in you, LEGOLAND California is the place to be. Reminiscent of the famous childhood toy, LEGOLAND California was the first amusement park of its kind to open and the first in the United States. The park, geared toward younger children between the ages of two and twelve, features over 60 rides, shows, and attractions, including a LEGO factory tour! Definitely, a must visit when you're in North County with your family.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a 1,800-acre expansive extension of the famous San Diego Zoo features White Rhinos, Sumatran tigers and California condors and about 3,500 animals residing in free-range enclosures, enabling them to interact as they would in the wild. With plenty of exhibits and activities to fill your day, visitors can also enjoy tram rides and zipline tours at the Park. Exhibits like the Lion Camp and the Aviary are always a fun experience for the little ones. And don't miss the Cheetah Run for an up-close view of a cheetah sprinting at full speed – something everyone will definitely love!

The Flower Fields

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad display stunning blooms during the months of March through early May. Because they only open once a year, the Flower Fields draw many local fans who wait for its opening March 1.

Escondido's Lake Hodges

Be ready to be amazed and astounded with the wonders of nature at Escondido's Lake Hodges, a lake and a reservoir set among rolling hills, marshes, and walking paths and awash in nature’s bounty. This is a perfect place if you would like to go on a quick trip away from the hustle and bustle of city life and want to be among the serene and calming beauty of nature. 

California Surf Museum

Where else can you find an entire museum dedicated to the history of surfing?! Only at the Carlsbad Surf Museum in Oceanside, California. You’ll see wooden surfboards from the 1900s to today’s foam and fiberglass boards. The permanent exhibit includes the surfboard and swimsuit pro surfer Bethany Hamilton was riding and wearing when she was attacked by a shark and lost her left arm. The California Surf Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Kids under 12 get in free; adults pay $5. Admission is free on Tuesday.

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