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321 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 743-8207
33.123702, -117.083467

Dog-Friendly: Outside, yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes


**Check out our list of Hidden Gems in Escondido for the ultimate day trip!**

Grape Day Park

About Grape Day Park

Grape Day Park was built in the 1930’s and is the city’s oldest park. Since its early days it has been the center for community events and activities. Every year from 1908 to 1950, people from as far away as Los Angeles came to celebrate the annual Grape Day Harvest, a major industry in the Escondido valley.

The park continues its tradition as the center for community gatherings. It is a registered landmark and home to a turn-of-the-century working barn, Santa Fe Railroad depot, blacksmith shop, and other historic buildings, museums, and monuments.

Grape Day Park

Park Features:

* Heritage Walk, established for the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976, displays buildings preserved from Escondido’s early days
* Vinehenge – an interactive public art project located in Grape Day Park. The whimsical project includes a grapevine climbing structure with hidden secrets for children to find, a slide decorated with giant purple grapes with mosaic details, benches in the shape of oversized grape leaves and a perimeter of rocks reminiscent of the rocks in the hills around Escondido.

The play sculpture is intended for children of all ages and abilities. It is ADA compliant. The project was designed and fabricated by the artist team, Nancy Moran and Valerie Salatino of Nature Works, Inc., an Escondido based company.
* Picnic tables
* 5 horseshoe pits
* Children’s tile art wall
* James A. Stone Municipal Swimming Pool (25-yard swimming pool and small children’s pool)
* Grape Day Park Military Tribute

Grape Day Park

Personal Experience

Weird. I lived in Escondido for 10 years. I even went to Grape Day park every once in awhile for various reasons and yet not ONCE did I actually explore what this park is all about! It actually has a ton of character and history in it. Whodathunk?

While you’re in the area, make sure to hike Daley Ranch nearby!

The historical homes turned into museums and shops on the outskirts of the park are definitely worth visiting if you’re into the history of Escondido and the Grape slide is one of the coolest slides I’ve seen in SD. Great place to take kids and educate them. The Children’s Museum is across the street so this could be a full day for you. Check out the restaurants and shops on Grand Ave. while you’re at it.

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  • Anonymous
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    The place is full of homeless people there. Not ideal for small children.

    May 25, 2015

  • Wade Barber
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    I grew up in Escondido, in the sixties and remember the park very well. I learned to swim at the plunge. The major draw for me was the creek, grass and all the glorious shade. Good times. I visited quite a bit in the early 2000’s and found the area modernized quite nicely but still retaining the feel of the history. But as noted, lots of unfriendly folks inhabiting my former playground.

    November 20, 2017

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