Although its name means “hidden valley,” the city of Escondido is a well-known area in northern San Diego area and a favorite place to visit for both locals and travelers of the region. It’s well worth adding fun day trips from San Diego to your itinerary to check out all the things to do in Escondido. Below are some of the top things to do while you’re there.

Safari Park

Safari is the 1800-acre sister attraction of the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The wildlife sanctuary features a variety of exotic animals and numerous different ways to see them all. Choose your unique safari experience in a caravan, cart, hot air balloon, Segway, or tram and get an up close and personal look at giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, camels, lemurs, and much more. If you crave even more adventure, try the Jungle Ropes or Flightline Safaris for a thrilling bird’s eye view of the park. There are also several beautiful gardens to explore and animal shows to take in.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens offers patrons a delicious meal, refreshing pints, and a charming ambiance. There is an organic beer garden that spans an acre and an outdoor patio where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy any of the 36 craft and specialty beers on tap or something from the vast wine list. Plan to take a guided tour to learn all about the brewing process and receive a tasting at the end.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle

Located in Kit Carson Park at the Iris Sankey Arboretum, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a one-of-a-kind attraction that’s well worth the visit. It’s a sculpture garden displaying impressive works of art by Niki de Saint Phalle. It’s open to the public Tuesday and Thursday mornings and every second Saturday of the month weather permitting.

Wine Tasting

You don’t have to be in Napa or Temecula to get in some of California’s best wine tasting. From tasting rooms in the heart of downtown to hilltop vineyards with picturesque scenery, Escondido has 15 wineries scattered around. Consider stopping in at Cordiano Winery, Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum, Orfila Vineyards and Winery, and Hungry Hawk Vineyards and Winery.

Daley Ranch

Daley Ranch is the perfect place to get in some fresh air and quality hiking. The conservation area is 3,058 acres with more than 20 miles of trails, where you can hike, mountain bike, and go horseback riding. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to soak in sweeping views of the city and plenty of nature.

Outdoor Recreation

There is also a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities to indulge in. Plan a picnic or fishing expedition at one of the three surrounding lakes, practice your golf swing at one of the five golf courses, go cycling on Palomar Mountain, or spend the day walking around downtown shopping and browsing art galleries.

In order to take part in the many things to do in Escondido and throughout the San Diego area, you will want to have a comfortable home to stay in for your trip. If you’re looking for the best vacation rentals in San Diego, make sure to take a look at the inventory we have at 710 Beach Rentals. We’ll help you reserve the ideal place to stay for your getaway.

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