Sightseeing in San Marcos


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  • Fire & Mud Studios
    Artist Rae Holton sees energy. The owner of Fire & Mud Studios and lifelong arts and nature enthusiast harnesses her inimitable sight of what she calls "the vein-like serpentine flow of atoms" to create offbeat works of art in a variety of mediums. Raised among artists and craftspeople, Holton has dabbled in jewelry making, photography, cooking, and ceramics, and cultivated a love for teaching after stints as a children's ski instructor and after-school program educator. Helming her pottery-focused studio, Holton helps others unleash their inner artists through classes and workshops as students learn the history of ceramics or how to remove the head off a classical sculpture with a hedge trimmer.
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    740 Metcalf St.
    Escondido, CA US
  • San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
    From 130 feet up, rhinos can look almost like ants. At San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zipliners get a bird's-eye view of those burly beasts as well as deer and giraffes while the wind whips through their hair. And thanks to a helmet with an HD cam, adventurers can relive the experience again and again.
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    15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
    Escondido, CA US
  • Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
    The early days of the combustion engine leap to life at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Besides immaculately preserved Steam Traction Engines (tractors) and Steam Power Units from 1849-1960, the museum boasts onsite replicas of historical workshops, and even grows its own crop of wheat every winter and sorghum cane every summer. Size: Located on 55 acres of farmland—room enough for 20,000 artifacts, 50 weaving looms, and more than 150 years of history Eye Catcher: Four model railroad layouts, including a scale model of the Southern Pacific crossing of the Donner Pass, currently in the process of construction Permanent Mainstay: The smoking jewels in the museum's crown are the steam traction engines, which date from about 1860 to 1924, and the gas and diesel engines, which could be bought new as recently as 1940 Don't Miss: A regular lineup of historical events including Civil War reenactments, antique engine and tractor shows, and a recurring antique consignment auction
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    2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
    Vista, CA US
  • Wild Wonders, Inc.
    In the quiet, northern end of San Diego County lies the lush, green gem of Wild Wonders, Inc., a multipurpose facility that celebrates California's natural beauty and maintains artificial habitats for more than 150 exotic animals. The staff calls their charges "animal ambassadors," conditioning and training each of them to serve in close, educational encounters with wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Although the facility is closed to the general public, through their Zoo Camp program educators give kids a chance try their hand at zoo keeping, including rare opportunities to help feed, clean, and care for the animal ambassadors during intimate interactions. The onsite staff obtained the park's residents—many of which were deemed non-releasable native wildlife—from other educational facilities as well as more dangerous reaches, such as lands riddled by the illegal pet trade. Resident wonders include big-eared foxes, armored armadillos, giant centipedes, and talkative african gray parrots.
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    5712 Via Montellano
    Bonsall, CA US

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