Looking at this summer as an opportunity to explore your local community changes the tone of a year that hasn’t turned out the way anyone expected. As a resident and local staycationer in Escondido, you have a unique chance to play tourist in your own home town. Staying local also helps support businesses and individuals in your community. Many locally owned and operated businesses are really hurting due to stay-at-home orders and closures. Now, rather than flying to vacation, you can enjoy the attractions that typically bring out-of-town visitors to Escondido.
Local Attractions in Escondido
Escondido and San Diego County offer locals and visitors a wide array of attractions that you can enjoy even while social distancing. This summer, take the opportunity to play tourist in your own home town as you explore local attractions.
Go Wild at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Outdoor destinations including the San Diego Zoo Safari Park remain open while operating at less than 50 percent capacity. The spread-out park features wild and endangered animals from all over the world, with more than 3,000 animals representing over 400 different species. Check out free-range exhibits and a limited number of shows, or book a private safari! There are a variety of safaris to choose from, including a covered, open-air safari truck into the African field habitat or Asian Savannah, or a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the animals are cared for.
Drink Local at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
World-renowned Stone Brewing calls Escondido home, which means locals have the opportunity to taste a wide array of craft and specialty beers. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is open at reduced capacity serving tasty brews and food, as well as offering takeout, pick-up and delivery. Stone Brewing features a beautiful open-air patio and one-acre beer garden with 36 beers on tap and an extensive wine list. Head to Stone Brewing for both locally produced beers and food featuring organic produce, locally sourced from small farms in San Diego County.
See History at San Pasqual Battlefield State Park
East of Escondido you’ll find San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park. The park honors the soldiers who fought in the U.S. and Californio forces on December 6, 1846, the bloodiest and most controversial battle of the Mexican-American War. The historical park is meant to be not a monument to war, but rather a reminder of the human ideals, actions and passion that can sometimes drive nations to deadly conflict. Currently, the park is closed to vehicle access, but remains open to local residents if you walk or bike into the park. Remember to bring soap/hand sanitizer, maintain 6-ft physical distance and pack out all trash.
Bike the Escondido Creek Trail
Cycling is a great way to socially distance together. Hop on your bike and head to the Escondido Creek Trail, which runs between the Escondido Transit Center and Daley Ranch. Follow the bike trail along Escondido Creek for 4 miles. Stop along the way at Grape Day Park, Washington Park, the community garden at Lancing Circle or nearby shopping centers. Once you reach Daley Ranch, celebrate the end of your ride with a splash in Dixon Lake. Riding your bike is a healthy activity that you can do alone or with friends at a safe distance. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe in Escondido
At SPS Escondido, our team loves exploring the local sights and enjoying the resources this city offers residents and visitors alike. We encourage you to stay local this summer, keep your distance, wear a mask and wash your hands often. We love being a part of the Escondido community and we hope you’ll join us in staying close to home and supporting local businesses this summer.