6. Point of Interest
The City features an extensive 63 mile trail network that is great for hiking, biking, running, and equestrian use.
There are in total 16 community parks and 18 mini parks that are great for picnics, outdoor sports, community gatherings and other recreational activities.
Some of the parks in the area are: Cerro de las Posas, Bradley, Buelow, Civic Center, Connors, Discovery/Lakeview, Double Peak, Helen Bougher, Hollandia, Jack’s Pond, Knob Hill, Montiel, Mulberry, Richmar, San Elijo, San Marcos Heritage, Simmons, Sunset, Walnut Grove and Woodland Park.
The City of San Marcos also offers a variety of recreational and cultural programs for children, teens, adults and seniors, including preschoolers programs and youth day camps, sports, senior services, enrichment classes, special events, cultural and performing arts programming, aquatics, hikes and nature center activities.
San Marcos Community Services Department hires independent contractors to provide recreational classes for all ages including fitness, sports, dance, music, art, specialty classes and parent/child activities year round.
Children enjoy half-day specialty camps during the summer season.
Organizations such as the Community theatre, music and fine arts are very active in the city and for that reason, residents and visitors frequently enjoy outstanding theatre productions performed by the City’s own “Theatre West” group.
The California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Performing Arts Center at Palomar College, bring high quality entertainment to the local area.
Each year, thousands of residents enjoy arts & crafts, live performances, hands-on art projects, fine art shows and much more during the “Celebration of the Arts” event.
During the summer season, the City partners with other cities in the county to bring free family movies to the local parks. A Juried Art & Photography show takes place each year at the Community Center from March 1 through April 30.
Very quickly, San Marcos has become a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination due to existing centers such as the Creekside Marketplace, Nordahl Center, Grand Plaza, and the Old California Restaurant Row (that features a large concentration of restaurants offering international and local cuisine, an Edwards Stadium 18 Cinema Complex and attractive village boutiques.).
Future developments like the San Marcos Downtown Creek District, Palomar Station and the University Village are designed to bring even more shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities for locals and visitors.