Attractions/Novelties/Interesting Items Nearby Fallbrook, CA

This page attempts to list some of the many interesting places to go and things to see within an hour or so drive of the Fallbrook area. This page is definitely incomplete, and needs the contributions from Fallbrookers to finish it. Please email me to let me know of other items to add to the list, as well as corrections or additional information about the items on the list. Some of the items below are so far only names - I will provide more information about them as time permits.

I have organized the places by subject area below, and will someday locate each of them on a map, to make it easier to find all the attractions in a given area. Many references come from The Enterprise (abbreviated Ent below) and the North County Times (NCT), and are cited in those cases.

These nearby attractions are sorted by the time it takes to get there from my house in the Winterwarm area of Fallbrook. These times can be adjusted from any other place in Fallbrook by taking into account the time from my house to one of the borders of Fallbrook.

Times and distances measured by me are stated below. Estimates have "~" in front of the numbers.

11~14Deer Park Winery, north of Escondido. World's largest auto museum of convertibles and Americana. Gift shop, gourmet deli, open daily 10-5.
12~15Lawrence Welk Resort, north of Escondido. Rated in top 10 of timeshare resorts by a timeshare users group in Florida, beating several in Hawaii.
~8~14The Green House Herb Farm, Oceanside
915Guajome Park, Oceanside
1319Mission San Antonio De Pala, in Pala. Founded on June 13, 1816. Has the only free-standing bell tower among California missions.
~15~20Temecula gorge, Temecula
~16~22Pechanga Casino (1,200 video machines, Pechanga "21", jackpot poker, Pechanga cafe, open 24 hours), 45000 Pala Road, Temecula. Info: 888-pechanga.
1622Wilderness Gardens Preserve, Pauma Valley. Closed for most of the 1990s, it is now finally open again on the weekends.
~5-15~15-30Camp Pendleton
1322San Luis Rey Mission, Oceanside
1323Heritage Park Village and Museum, behind the San Luis Rey Mission, Oceanside. A recreation of Oceanside circa 1900 with many historic buildings moved to this site, including 4 of Oceanside's original buildings and a number of shops styled after turn of the century businesses.
~12~25Wave Water Park, Vista
~18~25La Jolla Indian Water Park, Pauma Valley, also known as Sengme Oaks Family Water Park.
~18~25Hot Air Balloon Rides, Temecula
~20~25California Center for the Arts, Escondido
~23~27Lake Hodges, Escondido
~20~30Bell Gardens in Valley Center is a beautiful place that happens to grow food for sale. It was founded by Mr. Bell of Taco Bell fame.
~18~30Oceanside Beach and Pier
2035Buena Vista Nature Center, Lagoon, Laguna State Park, Oceanside/Carlsbad
~20~35Carlsbad Village Fair held on the first Sunday in May and November. (Time doesn't include bus shuttle.)
~25~35Eastside Reservoir Project, near Hemet (The Californian 4-part Article)
~21~35Stewart Mine Gems of Pala Store. Learn to mine for gems out of 5 gallon buckets of material from the mine for $50. Store hours vary, call 760-742-1356.
~30~35Agua Tibia Wilderness Area, Palomar Mountain
~21~36Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Carlsbad
~22~37Leslie Farms, Carlsbad (pick your own strawberries)
~28~37Lake Skinner, Riverside County. (Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival held there in late April in previous years, on June 9-11, 2000.)
2138Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa in the Alt Karlsbad building, Carlsbad
~22~38Legoland, an amusement park designed for kids age 2-13.
~23~38Ranunculus Flower Fields, aka "The Flower Fields", Carlsbad. These are the ones you see as a blaze of color driving by them on I-5 in Carlsbad, framed by the windmill of Andersen's Pea Soup Restaurant & Hotel, just north of Palomar Airport Road.
~2338Palomar Airport, Carlsbad
~39~38Lake Elsinore Outlet Center Mall, Lake Elsinore
~39~38Perris Railroad Museum, Perris. East on S74 (4th St.) from I-215 in Perris to depot next to tracks. Then continue to A St., turn left to main museum area "where all the trains are". 909-657-2605.
~24~39Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad
2239Carlsbad Beach
20-3038-45Santa Rosa Plateau, near Murrieta. Also see half-acre "fire-safe" garden on northern side of Bear Creek Fire station No. 75 on Clinton Keith Road.
~25~40Stubb's Fuchsia Nursery, a wonderland of fuchsias in hanging baskets. SW of I-5 Leucadia exit at 737 Orpheus Avenue in Leucadia.
~25~40Weidner's Flower Gardens. "Dig your own" tuberous begonias in a beautiful place. NE of I-5 Leucadia exit at Paraeus & Normandy. 760-436-2194. 9:30 - 5:00 daily except Tuesdays.
~25~40Samia Rose Topiary. The place to go for topiary.
~27~40Hell Hole Canyon State Park, Valley Center.
30?~40?Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway
~26~41Quail Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. $3 adults; $1.50 ages 5-12; free parking. 760-436-3036. Exit I-5 at Encinitas Blvd, go east two blocks on left, turn left at Quail Gardens Drive.
4441-45Tom's Farms, Corona. Great fresh French bread, baked every few hours, wine & cheese shop, fruit & vegetable stand, hamburgers and milkshakes. An "oasis" with a pond, fountain in the middle of the pond, and swans. Topiary: life-size Tom with pitchfork, deer, 2 small elephants, etc. Free live music on weekends and holidays.
45?43-47?Glen Ivy Hot Springs Resort
45?43-47?Glen Eden no-dress code Resort.
~25~45The San Diego Wild Animal Park in Escondido. Also see this site.
35?~45?Los Penasquitos Canyon, San Diego, between Del Mar and Poway.
35?~45San Dieguito Regional Park, Escondido.
~31~46Del Mar Fair, Del Mar. June 17-July 4, 1997. 760-793-5555. (Time doesn't include bus shuttle.)
40?~45-50?Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla
40?~50?Dos Picos Park, between Ramona and Poway
44?~50-55?Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. 9-5 daily. 619-534-7336.
~55~57Balboa Park in San Diego.
3659Palomar State Park and Palomar Mountain
~35?~60?Doris Wood Cottage Garden, Ramona
5761Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
~40~65Palomar Mountain Observatory
~5065Dudley's Bread in Santa Ysabel (closed M, Tue)
~5065Mission Santa Ysabel in Santa Ysabel. First mass on September 20, 1818. Present chapel erected in 1924. Carvings, statuary, paintings and stained glass.
~5665Cabrillo National Monument
~5980California Wolf Center four miles south of Julian. An education and conservation center focusing on the North American Gray Wolf, home to several captive packs. Visits allowed only for the 2 pm Saturday program with advance reservations. Fee: $7 Adults; $3 Kids.

Coming Attractions/Novelties/Cool Stuff Nearby Fallbrook, CA

A Western-themed amusement "area" is proposed for the area of Murrieta in the V between I-15 and I-215 at their southern intersection, or maybe wherever else the developer feels like claiming he is going to build next. The developer of the project, Zev Buffman, has changed plans so many times that it is hard to believe he really wants to do the project. Unlike Legoland, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for this project to be built.
NCT 4/10/97, B1, B8; 4/22/97, B3; and numerous others.

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