Mighty Molar’s Guide to Vista

Located in northwestern San Diego County, Vista is a sunny little city just seven miles inland from the Pacific coast. Known for its great microbreweries, this lovely destination is also home to art, theatre, shopping, botanical gardens and several other unique attractions. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time while visiting.

Moonlight Amphitheatre: Enjoy year-round concerts and musicals at this beautiful open-air venue with 908 permanent seats and lawn seating for up to 1,092.

Mother Earth Brew Company: This award-winning craft brewery offers a tasting room with an industrial vibe, featuring growlers, sips pours and views of the brewing system.

1. Mission San Luis Rey

The eighteenth of the Spanish missions in California, this National Historic Landmark showcases lovely architecture, along with retreats, workshops and events.

2. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Explore 55 acres of exhibits highlighting mechanical ingenuity, associated with the early days of the American rural and farm community.

3. The Wave Waterpark

Treat the kids to a wet and wild day of fun, complete with a pool, water slide, lazy river and simulated wave attraction.

4. Rancho Guajeo Adobe

This historic 19th-century hacienda is a National Historic Landmark, showcasing incredible Spanish-Mexican colonial architecture.

5. Sea Life Aquarium

Just minutes from Vista, this incredible attractions houses more than 5,000 fascinating sea creatures, including seahorses, sharks and stingrays.

6. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

Harmoniously incorporating nature, education and art, this breathtaking attraction includes scenic walking paths lined with sculptures and exotic plants.


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