Situated in northern San Diego, Escondido features farm-to-table dining, wine tasting, horseback riding and multiple weekly farmer’s markets. This family-friendly destination is also home to some of the main child-focused attractions in the San Diego region.
Things to do in Escondido
Experience the culture of Escondido starting with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, a performing and visual arts complex that also houses an eclectic museum. Don’t miss the Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, a renowned sculpture garden created by Niki de Saint Phalle. You can also dig into the history of the region at San Diego Archaeological Center.
Travelling with the family? Roam the renowned wildlife sanctuary at San Diego Safari Park, then spend a few hours at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. It features world cultures in the Discovery Sailboat and Kids Global Village. For biking, horseback riding and hiking, visit The Ranch at Bandy Canyon.
Wineries and craft breweries dot the urban spaces and surrounding farmlands. For elegant wine tasting in the historic Vineyard District, visit BK Cellars Urban Winery and Tasting Lounge, which also hosts social hours and painting events. Deep Park Winery and Auto Museum harbours hundreds of vintage American vehicles, as well as collectible cameras, neon signs, gas pumps, Barbie dolls, wagons and a dedicated Coca-Cola room.
You can experience classic Californian cuisine and dozens of international eateries in the historic Grand Avenue district. Hispanic heritage takes centre stage at Mexican cafes, such as La Tapatia and Hacienda de Vega. Take a break during the day for high tea at The Grand Tea Room.
Getting around Escondido
A light rail train system connects Escondido with surrounding areas and public buses run within the city. Taxis, rideshares, bike hire and car rentals are available throughout Escondido.