Museums in South Oceanside

Museum of Making Music – Up to 50% Off for 2 or 4

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

$16 $8

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Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

Mission San Juan Capistrano – 50% Off Visit

Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano

$18 $9

Built by missionaries more than 200 years ago, the mission features 10 acres of living history, artifacts, and original architecture

Up to 53% Off at San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

$17 $8

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Classic motorcycles join a 1928 Studebaker and a custom 1947 Cadillac to pay homage to collectable autos

Up to 50% Off at Veterans Museum & Memorial

Veteran's Museum Memorial

Balboa Park

$14 $7

Veterans Museum & Memorial hosts exhibits on World War I, World War II, Pearl Harbor, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts

Laguna Art Museum – Up to Half Off Visits

Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach

$14 $7

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Museum chronicles the history of Californian art with a 3,500-piece permanent exhibit that spans the 19th century to the present

Up to 51% Off at Lyon Air Museum

Lyon Air Museum

Orange County Airport

$24 $12

Authentic planes and rare automobiles that trace back to World War II are on display at this museum, located within John Wayne Airport

$10 for an Auto-Museum Visit for Four

Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue

Tustin

$20 $10

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Rare Ferraris and classic American muscle cars share space with Jaguars, high-performance motorcycles, and historic Formula cars

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art—Up to 52% Off Admission

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Downtown Santa Ana

$30 $15

Cultural museum showcasing a permanent collection of more than 120,000 artifacts and artwork from all across the world

Discovery Science Center – 47% Off

Discovery Science Center

Santa Ana

$16.95 $9

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A suite of 120 interactive exhibits including WEEBLES Coast to Coast & Dino Quest Adventure inspire youngsters in a hands-on environment

Up to 41% Off at Yanks Air Museum

Yanks Air Museum

Chino

$32 $19

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More than 200, mostly American-made aircraft take museum visitors on trips through different eras of flight

Up to Half Off to Planes of Fame Air Museum

Planes of Fame

Chino

$22 $11

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More than 150 aircraft and displays—including an N9MB Flying Wing—fill the aviation museum

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Each year, Fright Institute enrolls a new team of horror specialists to haunt its halls with thrills, chills, and special effects. The 6,666-square-foot space terrifies mortal souls with animatronics, props, and sets designed by professionals who boast experience working for Hollywood horror movies. The creepy curriculum changes every year so that each howl and shriek has maximum impact. The crew starts preparing Fright Institute months in advance, ensuring ample time to install all of the effects.

1822 Marron Rd, Ste 100
Carlsbad,
CA
US

Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.

704 Pier View Way
Oceanside,
CA
US

The California Surf Museum is a Non-Profit 501(C)(3) organization located in downtown Oceanside, CA. CSM's goal is to preserve our surfing heritage for the enjoyment of future generations. Open daily 10-4, Thursdays 10-8. www.surfmuseum.org

312 Pier View Way
Oceanside,
CA
US

Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.

5790 Armada Dr
Carlsbad,
CA
US

San Diego Botanic Garden envelops visitors in 37 acres of lush gardens and diverse terrain, offering nature-centric events and docent-led tours through the urban oasis. Explore the seemingly endless expanse of 28 themed gardens and venture into the world of verdure with the Australian Garden, rich in low-water plants and Vegemite, or the Mediterranean Garden, filled with fragrant water-smart plants such as lavender, rosemary, and Tang. Attend an insightful event, such as the Asian Arts in the Garden experience, or satisfy pressing cocoa queries at the Chocolate Festival. Peruse the premises with a gaggle of garden groupies, take a self-guided tour, or attend the free docent-led garden tour at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

230 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas,
CA
US

Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience to make art more accessible and personally meaningful. At Lux, you don’t just see finished works of art; you see the artistic process firsthand, engaging with internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.

1550 S El Camino Real
Encinitas,
CA
US