"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
Grape Day Park has games to check out: giant chess (the king is 37" tall!), giant checkers, giant dominos, and giant pick up sticks. Horseshoes and bocce ball are also available. Check out games at the History Center office, Tuesday-Saturday between 10am and 4pm - free with the deposit of $10 and a photo ID that are returned when you're done playing. "
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? 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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