Hidden San Diego

Felicita Park



Felicita Park

 742 Clarence Lane
Escondido, CA 92029


 Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–Sunset (Closed on Christmas Day)

Parking Fee: $3.00 per vehicle collected at the entry gate.

Felicita Park is the site of one of the largest and oldest Indian villages in the county. To this day, grinding holes and other artifacts reveal evidence of the centuries-old community of the Northern Diegueno Indians.

In 1867, an Irishman by the name of James McCoy acquired the Bernardo Rancho which included a portion of what is now Felicita Park. His large flocks of sheep ranged over this land called McCoy's Grove. In 1871, Mr. McCoy was elected to the State Senate and played a prominent role until his death in 1895. The property, later owned by Ransford Lewis, was purchased as a county park for the sum of $12,000 in December 1929.

The park was given the name of Felicita Park because the Felicita pageant, based on the book, Indian Stories of the Southwest, was performed in the park from 1928-1931.

Park Features:

  • 53 acres of dense oak groves
  • 2 horseshoe pits
  • Picnic tables / barbecues
  • 4 playgrounds
  • Restrooms
  • 1 volleyball court
  • Nature trail
  • Hiking trails

NOTE: Leashed dogs are allowed.

Personal Experience:  Felicita Park has always been one of my favorite parks.  Perhaps because it is not your traditional park in my opinion.  There are so much grounds to wander around and just get lost in.  It always had a bit of a magical feel to it, although I'm not sure why.  The Renaissance Faire is held here.  I will attend it in the future and then make a post on that.


Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Does anyone know what plant this is?

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Climb some of the rocks and have a picnic!

Felicita Park

There are pomegranate trees that grow here as well as blackberry bushes!

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

An elf's home?

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Pick your own sage guys.  It grows everywhere in San Diego!

Felicita Park

Felicita Park

Felicita Park


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