Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

Disneyland, Anaheim

When Disneyland first opened in 1955 it used a tiered coupon system. If the coupon system still existed today we would have have used four E tickets (the priciest of all the tiers) in the first hour we were there. (There must have been late nights before the park opened with Walt Disney and his …

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Cerezo Bluffs Tide Pools, Carlsbad

Just 15 minutes from our house in Oceanside are the Cerezo Bluffs tide pools. These tide pools never disappoint (as long as you know where to look). Today the low tide was -1.7 feet, exposing all sorts of incredible intertidal zone organisms. For two hours we scoured the bright green seagrass, finding shrimp, brittle stars, …

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March Field Air Museum, Riverside

Established in 1918, March Air Force Base is one of the oldest airfields operated by the US military. This was Bob Hope’s first stop on his SFO tour, entertaining March troops in 1941. The March Field Air Museum, located alongside the now March Air Reserve Base, is a nonprofit organization aimed to educate the public …

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Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park, just a few miles from Griffith Observatory. The Los Angeles Zoo originally opened as the Griffith Park Zoo in 1912, right on Griffith J. Griffith’s ostrich farm. The zoo now cares for 270 different species, 58 of which are endangered. The zoo has been working with …

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Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory sits atop Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park at 1,135 feet elevation. The original 3,000 acre property where Griffith Observatory was built was donated by Griffith J. Griffith (you have to love that name) in 1896. Griffith J. Griffith also donated funds to build a planetarium and an observatory. His goal was to make …

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Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park

Casa del Prado Theater is the historic reconstruction of a 1915 Panama California Exposition building at Balboa Park. The building is used by the San Diego Junior Theater, the country’s oldest junior theater program. It is a great place to continue our introduction to theater, especially when the production is SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical.

Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, La Jolla

Scripps Institution of Oceanography was founded in 1903. It is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean and earth science research. We signed up for a Scripps tour, which resumed just a few months ago post-pandemic precautions. The tour begins at the Nierenberg Memorial Rose Garden, where the longest standing director of Scripps, …

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Desert and Rose Garden, Balboa Park

The historical botanical garden building is in the middle of a 21 million dollar remodel. It is supposed to be completed in summer 2023. Luckily there are plenty of other plant options within Balboa Park. There is a small pedestrian bridge that takes visitors safely across Park Blvd. to two public gardens that were waiting …

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St. Michael’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Carlsbad

St. Michael’s By-the-Sea is the oldest church in Carlsbad, and one of the four oldest buildings in Carlsbad Village. The 1894 historic chapel now resides adjacent to a larger, newer chapel, both of which hold regular church services. Once a year St. Michael’s By-the-Sea hosts the Carlsbad Music Festival, an artist-led, grass-roots non-profit that features …

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