7 Ideas for Free Fun In Oceanside, California This Summer

There are lots of ways to have fun in Oceanside, CA this summer, without spending a penny!

By Lovedy Carroll April 12, 2023

Are you looking forward to warmer days while the kids are out of school but wanting to keep costs low this summer? Look no further - we've got you covered for cheap summer fun in Oceanside! Let the coastal haze burn off, it's now time to enjoy the San Diego county sunshine and make summer memories   Check out our 7 ideas for completely FREE summer fun in Oceanside:

1. Visit a playground in Oceanside, CA

Oceanside has amazing playgrounds - both beach and park! There are so many fun option whatever your mood. We have a past article on our favorite parks OR you can review the City's complete park listing based on your location.  

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2. Celebrate Oceanside during City events

There are four great Oceanside events coming up this summer. Take a trip back to an ol' fashioned carnival at Heritage Days in May. Operation Appreciation: Armed Forces Day is a celebration event in June and free for military personnel and their families stationed at Camp Pendleton. The Independence Day Parade is a very popular event with many civic groups participating in the parade; it occurs in late June. The third event is in September; it's a very busy but fun festival -- Oceanside Harbor Days. You can find information on these events in our calendar as information becomes available. 

3. Enjoy summer reading, go to the Oceanside library!

The Oceanside Public Library has two primary locations to serve residents - the Civic Center and the Mission Branch. The library has many special programs for children of all ages. While we post many to calendar, OPL has an incredible resource of programs you can find here -- complete listing of the events and resources on OPL's website

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4. Splash into Oceanside's amazing beaches

Make a break for the beach    Enjoy the fresh air and surf in Oceanside; there are 4 main beaches you can visit - South O, The Strand, The Pier (North) and the Harbor. My family enjoys all of these beaches but our favorites are the Strand and Pier areas. So grab your suit, sunscreen and board and hit the beach.  

5. Take a family bike ride down the San Luis Rey bike trail 

From the beach to the Mission and even to Guajome Park, the San Luis Rey bike trail makes for a great activity. This scenic bike trail is accessible from multi-locations along the bike path. Make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as there is limited shade on the trail. 

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5. Go on a mural hunt in Oceanside

There are so many amazing murals in Oceanside. Find the complete list here. This activity is definitely on my family's summer to-see list this year!

6. Visit the Oceanside Museum of Art 

The Oceanside Museum of Art has amazing installations and rotating collections. Children are free to attend. The first Sunday of each month has a community program which is free to residents.

7. Check out the Macaroni KID Oceanside calendar

We have all the FREE summer events we can find and add them to our Macaroni KID Oceanside events calendar, which is always free to read!