Local Attractions


In the recent book, “50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family”, Vista was voted #7 of the 50 best cities in the nation. With an average of 340 days of sunshine a year, its only natural that fun and recreation should dominate Vista’s style of life. The Vista Parks and Community Services Department operates a total of 15 community parks – six times the national average – that includes theaters, museums, recreation centers, picnic grounds, athletic fields and specialty sports parks.

Vista is home to the Wave Waterpark, the only family aquatic center in North San Diego County. The Wave is a great compliment to Boomers and the Vista Entertainment Center, which offer great family fun! In addition, the Moonlight Amphitheatre and the Avo Playhouse, draw thousands of Southern Californians each year to experience award-winning productions that have made Vista a cultural hub.

The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe provides students and visitors with hands-on educational and research programs by which they can trace local history.  And the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens harmoniously incorporates education, nature and art with its living classroom, remarkable plant life, and public art.

Located on 40 acres of rolling farm land in Vista, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a non-profit organization that evokes nostalgic memories of rural lifestyles and family traditions. Unique from many museums, the equipment is maintained in operating condition and used in Museum programs. The Museum’s collection focus on the period from 1849-1950 extensively coving agriculture, construction and early industrial trades. Exhibits include blacksmith & wheelwright shop, country kitchen & parlor, steam & gas industrial power units, gristmill & sawmill and farm equipment from horse-drawn through modern row crop. Annual events include a Civil War Reenactment in March and a Threshing Bee and Harvest Fair in June. Click here for details. Additional event reservation information.

Rancho Guajome Adobe Hacienda depicts a unique example of Anglo-Hispanic architecture built on an original Mexican land grant. Distinguished as a National Historic Landmark for its contribution to our nation’s history, the rambling twenty-room adobe ranch house, built with huge profits from the cattle boom of the 1850′s, bustled in its heyday with extravagant fiestas, lively rodeos, and constant visitors. This San Diego County Park is available for weddings and events and also for tours Saturday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., by appointment. Address: 2210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA 92083. Directions: I-5 to Hwy. 76 East, past Mission San Luis Rey 2.4 miles. Turn right on North Santa Fe, proceed 2 miles to Guajome Adobe Ranch House. Phone (760) 724-4082. Guajome County Park also offers a rich riparian area, marshes, spring-fed lakes, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and camping. Click here for details.

A golfer’s fantasyland because of its close proximity to some of the most scenic courses in the world, Vista is home to the Shadowridge Country Club and the Vista Valley Country Club.

Vista Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the County Courthouse: 325 S. Melrose Drive, just south of Hwy 78. For more information, contact manager Mark Wall: email or phone 760-945-7425. Click for map.

Main Street Farmer’s Market is held each Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the historic downtown (map). For more information, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Vista’s centralized location also provides quick accessibility to the ocean, the mountains, Mexico, and famous attractions such as LEGOLAND, the World-Famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World and Disneyland.

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