Camp Pendleton offers summer fun

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside is getting “hard corps” when it comes to family activities this spring and summer. Adjacent to Camp Pendleton, visitors can take advantage of a wide variety of new and revamped amenities on base including an all-new children’s theme park, refurbished bowling alley, paintball, golf, stables and even a mud run for the entire family.

“Most visitors don’t realize that, unlike other bases, Camp Pendleton is civilian friendly,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Spanning thousands of coastal acres, there is much to experience on base and visitors gain first hand appreciation for where our nation’s heroes live, train and have fun.
Among Camp Pendleton’s visitor-friendly recreational offerings are:
— The new Camp Pendleton Playland. Opened in February 2015, Camp Pendleton Playland is next the Paintball Park with nine bounce houses, a Nerf Wars arena, outdoor laser tag and a zipline. For more information, visit
— World Famous Mud Runs are held June 6 and June 7 and June 13 and June 14.
For families not afraid to get dirty, the World Famous Mud Run is for ages 6 and up with obstacles and finishing at the muddiest mud pit in the world. The race helps supports programs for military heroes based at Camp Pendleton. For more information, visit
— Leatherneck Lanes is spruced up and ready to welcome bowlers of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit
— Pendleton Paintball Park offers fun for ages 6 and up and is open Friday through Sunday for walk-in play and seven days a week for groups and private parties. Visitors can choose from four styles of play: paintball for ages 10 and up, paintball Lite for ages 8 to 12, Airsoft for ages 10 and up and Splatmaster for ages 6 through 9. Paintball Lite and Splatmaster use new types of paintball guns that are specifically built for beginning players. The Paintball Park at Camp Pendleton has eight recreational fields and a four-field tournament park spread across 30 acres. Every field has different bunkers such as military helicopters, Kin Kong, tanks, airplanes, tiki huts and more all set up for a variety of game scenarios. For more information, visit
— Stepp Stables offers trail-riding, boarding, training and lessons. Friendly staff and nationally ranked trainers/instructors provide guidance and trail rides for all levels of horsemanship. For reservations, visit
— Marine Memorial Golf Course is in Windmill Canyon, designed by golf course architect William P. “Billy” Bell. The 18-hole PGA championship course, is for the seasoned golfer and the novice. For more information, visit
All visitors entering Camp Pendleton need current driver’s license, registration, and car insurance. Rental cars are allowed on Camp Pendleton base as well.
For more information, please call (800) 350-7873 or visit


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