Lots to do in the Fallbrook area

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Bonsall looking toward Fallbrook. Dirk Thayer photo

Are you looking for something to do?

There is a lot to do in the greater Fallbrook area if you know where to look! There is no end to the classes you can take for art, dance, acting, cooking, golf, horseback riding, baseball, martial arts and more. If you want to venture out of town for a day, there is a list of activities and places to visit including surf camps! Make this the summer that you visit the Palomar Observatory and the Antique Gas and Steam Museum.

If you enjoy the outdoors, locally there are many parks, preserves, and trails to enjoy. Some can also be visited with dogs and horses. Fallbrook epitomizes rural Southern California lifestyle at its best, with its combination of Mediterranean climate, rolling hills, year-round streams, groves, open space, and quaint downtown district. Go to www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org for a list of the local preserves and also birds, reptiles, and mammals found around the preserves. This is interesting reading whether or not you are going to take a hike.

Our area is a popular area for bicycling, although extra caution needs to be taken to assure safety on our winding country roads.

Discover the arts: Take a drive around town to see the many Arts in Public Places’ murals, bronze statues, etc. Stop into the Brandon Gallery on Main Ave., which is the oldest artist co-op in San Diego County. There you will be able to find something unique. Also The Find has a variety of gifts from local artists inside the Art and Cultural Center just up the street a block, also on Main Ave. Feel like classes? Fallbrook School of the Arts offers classes in many mediums including printmaking, pottery, jewelry, painting, and much more. To find out more go to www.fallbrookschoolofthearts.org.

If you enjoy live theater, check out www.missiontheater.org to find out what is playing. Chances are you will know someone in the cast and the tickets are always very reasonable. The atmosphere is just perfect at the Mission Theatre, especially since the Hornsvelds have renovated the historic local icon.  Make sure to check out the camps offered by Mission Theatre.

If you want to learn dancing, acting, singing or any of the performing arts—CAST Academy of Dance is the place to call. They offer classes for all ages and their performances are seen on the stage at the Mission Theatre

To see the latest movie, you can venture to Bonsall River Village and enjoy the Cinema Star Galaxy Six. Theaters have also been renovated and it is a very nice theater.

Take a picnic and a stroll at the Airpark. Kids enjoy seeing the planes taxi in and out on the runway. To find it, go to www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/airports/fallbrook.

Go to the new library! Fallbrook’s crown jewel is a $11.5 million library. With a blend of high tech, children’s resources and sections for all ages, surrounded by art, it is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Learn the rich and interesting history of our area at the Fallbrook Historical Society Museum on Rocky Crest Drive. There are numerous displays telling the story of the evolving village, key contributors to its history over the years, and physical artifacts are are intriguiging to view. The museum is open on Thursdays and Sundays regularly.

While you are at the museum, pick up the society’s brochure that details a list of Fallbrook’s authenticated historic buildings and take a self-guided tour!

Enjoy shopping- While Fallbrook and Bonsall are small towns, they have some interesting and unique shops. Spend a Saturday exploring places you haven’t been before! You will make some new friends for sure and be the expert when your guests come into town so that you can show them around.

Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and Pala offer a host of quality eateries from small authentic taco shops to fancy restaurants and casino buffets. You can find cuisines from all over the world with differing and unique atmospheres.

If you are interested in equine activities, there are quite a few resources locally.

Originally published in Village Lifestyle, Summer 2011

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