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  • City of Escondido
  • City Entertainment
  • City Wine & Dine Spots
  • Career Education
City Specs

The city was home to a large Spanish-speaking population in the first census, in 1850, but after the U.S. won the war, non-Hispanic settlers came to Southern California in increasing numbers. The decade of the 1880s is known as the "Southern California Land Boom" because so many people moved to the state. In October 1883, a group of Los Angeles investors purchased Rancho Rincon del Diablo. This group sold the land to the newly formed Escondido Company in 1884. On December 18, 1885, investors incorporated the Escondido Land and Town Company, and in 1886 this company purchased the 12,814-acre (52 km2) area for approximately $100,000. Two years later, in 1888, Escondido was incorporated as a city; the vote was 64 in favor of cityhood with 12 votes against. Railroads such as the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific were laid in the 1880s. The opening of U.S. Route 395 in 1930 boosted economic growth in Escondido.

Escondido was primarily an agricultural community, growing muscat grapes initially. After a dam was built in 1894-5 to form what is known today as Lake Wohlford, orange and lemon trees were planted in large numbers, as were olive and walnut trees. By the 1960s, avocados became the largest local crop. Since the 1970s, Escondido has lost most of its agricultural land to housing developments.
Things To Do
  • Regal Entertainment
  • Grape Day Park
  • Center of Arts
  • River Park
  • San Diego Zoo
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,350 screens in 578 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of May 23, 2013, with over 216 million attendees for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2012 ("fiscal 2012").

Our geographically diverse circuit includes theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We operate multi-screen theatres and, as of December 27, 2012, had an average of 12.7 screens per location, which is well above the North American motion picture exhibition industry average. We develop, acquire and operate multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets throughout the United States.
Grape Day Park is where Escondido has played and celebrated since 1886 and is a registered historic landmark. Park features include mature trees, art, memorials, spacious green areas with shade trees and picnic tables, and "Vinehenge," a unique playground with hidden treasures for children to find. Plus it's surrounded by cultural attractions. Events take place throughout the year.
On March 4, 2012, the Center held its annual "Center Dialogues" sessions, informing the public about its progress and the many internal changes that have taken place at the Center.

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido aims to serve our audiences by offering programs that celebrate the arts, include innovative strategies for using the arts as teaching tools, and inspire people of all ages and cultures.
The San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority, also known as the San Dieguito River Park, is the agency responsible for creating a natural open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian.

The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority was formed as a separate agency on June 12, 1989, by the County of San Diego and the Cities of Del Mar, Escondido, Poway, San Diego and Solana Beach. It was empowered to acquire, plan, design, improve, operate and maintain the San Dieguito River Park.
San Diego Zoo Global is a not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The Zoo was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D. It currently has a 12-member Board of Trustees headed by Richard Gulley; Douglas G. Myers is the Zoo's executive director.

San Diego Zoo Global is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and the Safari Park, a subscription to the magazine ZOONOOZ, and other benefits. Both Zoo and Park are open every day of the year.
Wine & Dine Spots
  • Filippe's
  • Bellamy's
  • Rock n' Jenny's
Vincent DePhilippis and Madeleine Stefani came to America in 1922, Vincent from Italy and Madeleine from France. They met in New York and married in 1925 and settled in Philadelphia. In 1950 they moved to San Diego where they opened a deli grocery on India Street, which was called Filippi's Cash and Carry. This was the beginning of what was to become a successful line of family restaurants. Today Filippi's Pizza Grottos are owned and operated by family members of the original founders.
Experience casual elegance at Bellamy's Restaurant and Wine Bar located on historic Grand Avenue in the heart of Escondido. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with an exceptional culinary experience. Our cuisine originates from the highest quality and freshest ingredients. Our menu changes regularly and features naturally raised meat and game, line-caught seafood, and organic produce.
An Escondido tradition since 1989! You can't get "grinders" like this anywhere else except the East Coast. Freshly sliced meat on a warm, crusty Italian roll with our homemade Italian dressing and delicious pepperoncinis, all for a great price! A great sandwich! We guarantee it!
Colleges / Universities
  • Escondido High School
  • Palomar College
At any school, there are a lot of important details, documents, and permissions slips for parents and students to keep track of. Escondido High is no exception, but we’ve decided to make your life a little easier by putting all these critical elements in one convenient place.
Palomar College is a public two-year community college. The Palomar campus is located in San Marcos, California, approximately 30 miles north of San Diego. Palomar enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. Residents of California are charged only $46 per unit. At Palomar, students may choose from over 200 associate degree and certificate programs, complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, or enjoy personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.