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8 Best Things To Do In Vista, California - Updated 2020

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The city of Vista in North San Diego County, California was incorporated on January 28, 1963. Located inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, the City of Vista has a perfect mild Mediterranean climate. Vista is a bustling city packed with cultural opportunities that incorporate its sparkling sunny weather. With its temperate Mediterranean climate and sunny weather, the time is always right to explore this city.

Read on to find out about the top 8 things to do in Vista, California.

1. The Moonlight

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Presented in the picturesque Moonlight, this is one of Southern California’s finest outdoor music and theatre venues. The Moonlight presents a summer season of four Broadway-style musicals. The atmosphere, under the summer moon and stars sipping a glass of wine, along with a superb stage, the excellent sound system and quality lighting, is truly a wonderful way to spend your evening. If you’ve never been to the Moonlight, you are seriously missing out.

The Moonlight

Address: 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084

Website: The Moonlight

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2. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM) is a living-history museum founded in 1969 located on county-owned land on the outskirts of Vista. This fantastic living museum offers educational and recreational activities to the public through incredible exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations, fun activities and informative programs.

The museum has more than 20,000 pieces on exhibit ranging from antique photographs to huge engines from the 19th-century that are still fully functioning. If you are looking for family friendly attractions that offer both recreation and education, AGSEM is a great place to spend the day.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Address: 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083

Website: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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3. Mother Earth Brew Company

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Mother Earth Brewery is home to delicious fresh house made beers. The tasting room has a cosy, rustic, yet modern vibe filled with very friendly staff pouring the brews. Founded in 2010 by three passionate brewers, Mother Earth Brew Co. had one goal to create distinguished, hand crafted beers that stimulate sensory conversation and desire for the next sip. Mother Earth Brewery is a perfect addition to your day trip!

Mother Earth Brew Company

Address: 2055 Thibodo Road, Suite H, Vista, CA 92081

Website: Mother Earth Brew Company

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4. The Wave Waterpark

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The Wave Waterpark in Vista is the perfect summer hangout for North County residents in search of a fun location for a company retreat, a unique fundraiser for their organization, a great place to hold a birthday party or simply a way to cool off as temperatures rise. The main attraction at this water park is the Slide Tower, Salsa Twist, Tubulation, Flash Flood and Slam Dunk. There is also a Riptide slide where visitors tube their way to a river landing and the Lazy River for those who prefer a more relaxing tube ride. A visit to The Wave Waterpark promises to be a great day out whether you’re feeling wild and adventurous or laid back and relaxed.

The Wave Waterpark

Address: 101 Wave Dr, 92083 Vista, CA

Website: The Wave Waterpark

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5. Alta Vista Gardens

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Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is an oasis located in Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park. This garden is an interactive botanical garden that uses up-to-date technology in an interactive atmosphere. This is a place that all ages can appreciate. There are different zones such as sub-tropical, an herbal labyrinth, the Children’s Musical Garden, ponds, prehistoric gardens and more. Visitors can enjoy views of Vista and the Pacific Ocean and can enjoy an array of experiences in the gardens, including a serene, introspective labyrinth walk or a raucous afternoon making music on over-sized instruments. Alta Vista Gardens is one of Vista’s hidden gems and is definitely worth a visit.

Alta Vista Gardens

Address: 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084

Facebook: Alta Vista Gardens

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6. Art Beat on Main Street

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A wonderful art, atmosphere and gathering place for artists, art lovers, musicians and wine lovers. Art Beat on Main Street is a magical creative oasis for the creative community as well as those who enjoy all forms of art. With a core group of professional, emerging artists and a changing repertoire of art, Art Beat adds an artistic spice to the exciting renaissance of offerings in downtown Vista. Art Beat on Main Street opened its doors in June 2012. Two years later, a wonderful wine lounge was added, serving a select variety of wines, beer and light artisan fare. It’s a great place to relax, have fun and feed your creative spirit.

Art Beat on Main Street

Address: 330 Main St, Vista, CA 92084-6011

Website: Art Beat on Main Street

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7. Iron Fist Brewing Co.

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If you’re planning a trip to Vista, California, make sure Iron Fist Brewing Company is a stop on your schedule. Every bottle and pint of Iron Fist is specializing in Belgian style beer and all beer is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Come down for a great selection of brews, fun atmosphere and have a look around where some of the world’s best beer is brewed.

Iron Fist Brewing Co.

Address: 1305 Hot Spring Way #101, Vista, CA 92081

Website: Iron Fist Brewing Co.

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8. Hungry Hawk Vineyards

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Hungry Hawk Vineyards is a small family owned and operated boutique winery that specializes in estate grown Spanish, Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Stop by and taste the thoughtfully crafted wines while enjoying a beautiful vineyard view of San Pasqual Valley and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Hungry Hawk Vineyards

Address: 3255 Summit Drive, Escondido, CA 92025

Website: Hungry Hawk Vineyards

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It is always the right time here in Vista!

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So, there you have it! 8 great reasons why you should visit Vista right now. Whether you visit for a day or stay for a week, Vista is one of the most magical cities to explore. A beautiful blend of different cultures, lifestyle and captivating historical sites, you will not run out of things to do in Vista. Go on, you know you want to!

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