Landmarks

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Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey, located in Oceanside, was the 18th mission built in California.? Established in 1798, the mission is now operated by the Franciscan Friars of California and is a parish church.? There is a museum, a gift shop and a retreat center on the grounds as well as an active cemetery and gardens.

Mission Trails Regional Park

With more than 5,800 acres, this park is the largest natural urban park in the United States. Hiking and biking trails cover the terrain that varies from Cowles Mountain, the highest point in San Diego County, to lakes and streams. The park also encompasses one of the county's most historical sites, Padre Dam, which was California's first aqueduct project built by native Indians for the Franciscan Fathers. In 1995, the Mission Trails Interpretive Center opened for visitors, highlighting the park's resources and describing the history of the area.

Moonlight Amphitheatre

This outdoor venue has been a draw for the community for the past 30 years, and has hosted numerous concerts, musicals and plays. It seats 899 in permanent seats and can accommodate an additional 1,200 on the manicured lawn. 

Moonlight State Beach

This wide, sandy beach offers swimming, surfing and fishing. Facilities include volleyball and tennis courts, recreational equipment rentals and a snack bar.

Mt. Helix Cross

Mount Helix was named after a snail in the area, the Helix aspersa. The location now includes a wooden cross, erected in 1917 for an Easter service and an amphitheater. The cross area is now owned by the San Diego Historical Society and the amphitheater, besides providing an incredible 360-degree view of San Diego County, is a venue for weddings and community theater offerings.

Mt. Soledad Cross

Mount Soledad was named by California settlers, meaning solitude. A cross to commemorate war veterans was put up by the community in 1913, but it was stolen in 1923. Another cross was constructed in 1934 that was pushed over by winds in 1952 and resurrected in 1958. Today the 43-foot wooden cross is owned by the Mount Soledad Historical Association in reaction to lawsuits filed against civic ownership of a religious symbol. Easter sunrise services and weddings are traditionally held at the site.

North Island Naval Station

Naval Base Coronado is comprised of both Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.  It is part of Navy Region Southwest and a field activity of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, this area has over 42,000 acres of desert terrain, from below sea level to 400 foot elevations. It is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle, and dune buggy use area.

Old California Restaurant Row

A popular destination in the community on San Marcos Boulevard, Restaurant Row now has 17 restaurants. Eateries range from institutions such as Old California Mining Co. Steakhouse & Saloon, Cocina Del Charro and Fish House Vera Cruz, along with Sublime Alehouse, Katsu Sushi & Teppan Grill and Fratelli’s Italian Kitchen.

Old Globe Theater

Named and modeled after Shakespeare's own Globe Theatre in London, the Old Globe theater was built in Balboa Park for the California Pacific International Expo of 1935. A group of citizens saved the theater from demolition after the Fair, raising $10,000 to do it. The theater's luck didn't last forever, though -- an arsonist burned down the theater in early 1978. The rest of the theater complex was spared, and the rebuilding campaign raised more than $6.5 million. The new theater opened in 1982 and consists of the Old Globe Theatre, the Cassius Carter Centre Stage and the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

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