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New Experiences to Discover in Oceanside

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TASTE News Service, April 12, 2015- Visitors looking for something new in San Diego County don't have to look further than Oceanside, San Diego's North Shore. From food tours and artisanal dining venues to luxury bike excursions, one-of-a-kind museums, luxury whale watching, and a revamped golf course, this laid-back coastal town is bursting with new experiences for all ages. Here are ten new things travelers won't want to miss on their next visit:

1. Big Wave Surfing Exhibit at the California Surf Museum

This February, the California Surf Museum debuted "Going Big: A 21-Gun Salute to the History of Big Wave Surfing." The exhibit celebrates big wave spots, the surfers who challenge them, and the surfboard "guns" they have used. There's also a special mini-exhibit about legendary surfer Greg Noll.

2. One-of-a-Kind Mural Museum

The new Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center located in Oceanside's Artists Alley is believed to be the first mural museum of its kind. In addition to inspiring mural displays, the museum functions as a classroom, studio and transitional home for thousands of murals.

3. All New Exhibits at Oceanside Museum of Art

Following a month-long closure earlier this year, the celebrated Oceanside Museum of Art re-opened its doors with all new galleries full of exhibitions by notable local artists - Robin Bright, Tom Driscoll, Marjorie Nodelman, Laddie John Dill, Deanne Sabeck, and Bill Rastetter. Their work reflects themes including minimalism, abstract composites, reflective dichroic glass, and figurative pop in the form of both two- and three-dimensional works that will thrill art lovers of all interests.

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Oceanside's Coast Highway corridor has rapidly become the "it" destination in North County for dining and craft beer with new restaurants that range from the Asian-inspired Whet Noodle to gastro pubs like Local Tap House and O'side Urge: Gastropub and Whiskey Bank. Visitors can navigate the dining scene via Carla and Linda's Walking Food Tours, a new, guided tour that provides hungry customers with a "locals" introduction to popular dining venues in coastal Oceanside.

5. Agri-Tourism Flourishes at Cyclops Farms

An organic farm located in South Oceanside, Cyclops Farms has rapidly become a popular destination for visitors in search of locally sourced produce. New for this summer, Cyclops has created an ocean view event space and will be hosting a rotating schedule of chef pop ups where local chefs create meals featuring vegetables picked fresh from the farm.

6. Luxury Beach Cabanas

This summer, beach goers can take advantage of a new luxury chair cabana service at Oceanside Pier beach. Oceanside Cabanas rents luxury cabana chairs that include shade covers and a lock box to secure valuables. Visitors can even reserve online so that chairs are all set up and ready for beach relaxation on arrival.

7. Redefined Golf Experience at New Goat Hill Park

Following an extensive $2.5 million renovation, Oceanside's Goat Hill Park has reopened for locals and visitors seeking to experience what Golf Channel recently called "one of the top five short courses in the country." Saved from redevelopment by golf apparel designer John Ashworth and his team, the historic, coastal course includes a new pro shop, new greens, native landscaping, new golf carts, a drought-friendly recycled irrigation system and the addition of disc golf. It is also home to the North County Junior Golf Association geared to making golf fun, affordable and educational for children.

8. Train Like a Local: Run, Bike and Ocean Swim

Oceanside is a training ground for some of the world's top triathletes and is host to prestigious athletic events each year such as Ironman 70.3 and Race Across America. Visitors can now train like a local with Oceanside Multi-Sport Group, which offers coached workouts led by experienced local athletes. Workouts cater to all levels and include weekly bike rides, runs and ocean swims around Oceanside's iconic pier.

9. Luxury Bike Cruises

Oceanside's new Dynamite Bike shop specializes in high-end electric bikes and provides customers, including families with small children, with all they need for a day exploring the coast. The shop's popular self-guided coastal tour allows customers to ride their electric bikes 23 miles down Coast Highway, while enjoying the beautiful vistas, shopping and restaurants, and, of course the beach along the way. At the end of the day, riders drop their bikes in Solana Beach and ride the Coaster train back to Oceanside. Other fun bike tours include the Mission San Luis Rey bike tour and Scripps Aquarium and Kayak Eco-Tour. 

10. Year-Round Whale Watching Adventures

Visitors can explore Oceanside's beautiful, coastal waters with Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises, a new, year-round whale watching company located in front of the picturesque lighthouse at the Oceanside Harbor. Passengers cruise on a brand new, state-of-the-art, 50-foot catamaran for two-hour excursions that explore the local waters flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions. Each trip is narrated by a certified naturalist, who offers expert and experienced commentary along the journey.

About Oceanside

Oceanside, San Diego's North Shore, is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California's casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California's longest over water wooden pier and the "Top Gun" House. Bordering Camp Pendleton, Oceanside has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the U.S. military and a deep commitment to the men and women serving the nation. Todwww.visitoceanside.orgay, with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is a highly sought after location for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding, skydiving and more. For more information on where to stay, things to do and places to see, visit www.visitoceanside.org.

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