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Old Town Market

4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110

4560-4598 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

1200 W Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

2631 W Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Embarcadero Marina

1004 N Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101

574-594 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

744 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Seaport Village

470 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101

Marriott Marquis and Marina

333 W Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101

560 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

119 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

32.715169, -117.162884

Horton Plaza

324 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101

32.715463, -117.161973

Gaslamp Quarter

480 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

234 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

501 E Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Hilton Bayfront

801-1279 E Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

1212 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92113, USA

Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy & CA-75 & San Diego – Coronado Bridge, San Diego, CA 92113, USA

308 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

Hotel del Coronado

1100 10th St, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

1141-1199 Isabella Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

1345 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

1106 4th St, Coronado, CA 92118, USA

757-779 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92113, USA

101 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92113, USA

1169 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92102, USA

1200-1240 B St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

1863-1899 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92134, USA

Balboa Park

2401-2499 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

101 W Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA

2300-2398 State St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

1500 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Little Italy

1608 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

2472-2498 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

1731-1765 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

4001 Harney St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

2505 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

2572 Congress St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

Old Town Market

4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

4560-4598 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1200 W Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2631 W Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Embarcadero Marina

1004 N Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

574-594 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

744 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Seaport Village

470 Kettner Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Marriott Marquis and Marina

333 W Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

560 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

119 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

32.715169, -117.162884 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Horton Plaza

324 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

32.715463, -117.161973 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Gaslamp Quarter

480 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

234 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

501 E Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Hilton Bayfront

801-1279 E Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1212 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92113, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy & CA-75 & San Diego – Coronado Bridge, San Diego, CA 92113, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

308 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Hotel del Coronado

1100 10th St, Coronado, CA 92118, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1141-1199 Isabella Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1345 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1106 4th St, Coronado, CA 92118, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

757-779 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92113, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

101 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92113, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1169 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92102, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1200-1240 B St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1863-1899 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92134, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Balboa Park

2401-2499 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

101 W Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2300-2398 State St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1500 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Little Italy

1608 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2472-2498 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1731-1765 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

4001 Harney St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2505 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2572 Congress St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING
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Old Town Market

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Join us for free, historic storytelling, shows and entertainment every day of the week. Shop in our 40 unique gift stores, watch working artisans, or enjoy a bite to eat. Learn about the rich history of Old Town San Diego in our free museum. We invite you to visit our Festival Marketplace and experience Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California.

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Old Town State Historic Park
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Old Town State Park is known as the birthplace of California. In 1821, when Mexico gained independence from Spain, a small group of Mexican settlers began building homes at the foot of the hillside below the first mission and Presidio. Because wood was scarce at the time, sun-dried adobe bricks were used. Thus, the buildings had a different look, a brownish-red color and rough exterior.

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Casa de Aguirre
Time to EXPLORE: Approximately 1 hour

Casa de Aguirre is an important landmark within the Old Town Market as it displays the life and traditions of the settlers of Old Town, San Diego’s first city. The home of Don Jose Aguirre and his family, the original adobe was built in 1853. Don Jose later gave the building and all his land to the Catholic Church. Father Antonio Ubach used the home as a site for an industrial school for Indians.

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Old Town Community
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Adjacent to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Old Town Community exudes colonial beauty and the flavors and heritage of its early settlers. Several restaurants serve up Mexican and Californian cuisine, while quaint stores and boutiques provide unique shopping experiences. Up the hill is Heritage Park, a protected county park and the setting for seven of San Diego’s most splendid Victorian homes that were relocated and restored to their original grandeur.

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Whaley House

Its stately Greek Revival architecture is an impressive sight, while its mysterious past and mystical reputation cause quite a stir among visitors from all over the world. It is here that the spirits of many original Old Town San Diego citizens are said to roam from room to room and through many of the hallways. Known as the Most Haunted House in America, the Whaley House was the family home of Thomas Whaley.

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Mormon Battalion Memorial

Serving with distinction during the Mexican-American War, the volunteer Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in U.S. military history. Commanded by Regular Army officers, the unit made a grueling overland march along the Santa Fe Trail from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego. The hands-on exhibits and other resources of the Mormon Battalion Historic Site chronicle the history of this unique military unit and the role that it played in the country’s westward expansion. Located at 2510 Juan Street in Old Town San Diego, the free museum is open seven days a week. Docents lead a 45-minute tour while attired in period dress.

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Immaculate Conception Church

Completed in 1917, the Immaculate Conception Church traces its history back to the first Catholic Mass celebrated in California. Captain Sebastian Vizcaino had a tent hastily erected so that three Catholic priests accompanying his Spanish expedition could celebrate a mass of gratitude for a safe voyage Nov. 12, 1602. The current house of worship replaced an adobe structure built in 1851. The bell tower houses one of the two original bells from the San Diego Mission. The other is located at the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

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El Campo Santo Cemetery

Located in Old Town, second oldest cemetery in San Diego had burials from 1849 to 1880. In 1933, the San Diego Historical Society restored in the cemetery based on descriptions and photographs, but over the years some of the boundaries have been moved to accommodate for city development. In 1889 a horse-drawn streetcar line was built through part of the cemetery, which later became San Diego Avenue. In 1942 it was paved over, leaving as many as 18 graves under the street and sidewalk. The Ghosts and Gravestones San Diego Tour takes visitors on an intimate nighttime journey through the cemetery to explain the haunted history of this Old Town landmark.

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La Casa de Estudillo

La Casa de Estudillo was a social and political center of San Diego during California’s Mexican period, 1821-1846, and into the early American period. Capitán José Maria Estudillo, a retired San Diego Presidio comandante (fort commander), began construction of the casa (house) in 1827 on a parcel of land granted to him by Governor José Echeandí.

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Presidio Park

San Diego’s history dates back centuries. Seen as the entrance point for control of the west by Europeans, Presidio Park remains a place of history amidst the city of San Diego. Interpreting the entire site for guests is the Junipero Serra Museum which houses many artifacts dealing with Spanish and Mexican heritage, colonization, the beginnings of customs within California and showcasing the lives of those who began it all. The presidio, first built to protect colonists from attack, later took on roles as military headquarters and a central outdoor space to remember history.

 

As a testament to the foundational beginnings of California, heralding exploration by Spain and Mexico, this national historic landmark reminds all who visit of the obstacles, successes and struggles of the long period of colonization.As a testament to the foundational beginnings of California, heralding exploration by Spain and Mexico, this national historic landmark reminds all who visit of the obstacles, successes and struggles of the long period of colonization.

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Fiesta de Reyes

Within Fiesta de Reyes, two restaurants have been completely remodeled and are now open.

Festooned with true 1850s California-style antiques, collectables and paintings, Barra Barra is a full-service restaurant and saloon with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant boasts all-you-can-eat Friday nights and its signature drink, “The Best Margarita in Town”… made with top-shelf Herradura Blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Cointreau, Barra Barra’s signature margarita will be priced less than half of what it might cost at another establishment.

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Old Town Visitor Center

James Robinson originally built the Robinson-Rose House in 1853 to serve as his family’s residence and to provide office space for the San Diego Herald and the Gila Railroad. When Robinson died four years later, the home was sold to Louis Rose. The reconstructed building is the location for the park Visitor Center, which opens at 10 a.m. each day. One of the center’s displays is a scale model of Old Town created by Joseph Toigo, which depicts the community as it appeared in 1872. Other displays also provide interesting details about Old Town San Diego. Rangers are on hand to answer visitors’ questions.

Embarcadero Marina

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A visit to the San Diego Harbor is not complete without a stroll through the Embarcadero Marina Park. Surrounded by the bay on three sides, the Embarcadero Marina provides scenic views and fresh sea air, an authentic San Diego experience.

Visitors also get a chance to discover the loyalty and courage of many of our Naval Military personnel through various memorials and statues including the Aircraft Carrier Memorial, The Homecoming Statue, and the USS San Diego Memorial.

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San Diego Visitor Center

Welcome to San Diego! Before heading out to discover all that the city has to offer, stop into the brand new San Diego Visitors Info Center. Our friendly staff of local experts will help you plan out your visit with valuable insight into the attractions, history, points of interest, dining, entertainment and sights that you won’t want to miss. We have brochures, maps and discounted tickets to many area attractions and tours.

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SEAL Tours

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing adventure! Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL Tour journeys through San Diego by sea AND land. Our unique “Hydra-Terra” amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Your fully narrated tour will depart from San Diego’s Seaport Village on Harbor Drive or Embarcadero, and will tour the historic streets of San Diego before making its way into San Diego’s Big Bay.

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Maritime Museum
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The world-renown Maritime Museum of San Diego was founded in 1948 by a group of local historians and maritime experts. Here visitors from around the globe come to walk the decks of the magnificent Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Built in 1863, the Star of India made her first voyage on November 14 of that year. The ship sailed for many years from Great Britain to India and then to New Zealand. After many difficult journeys, the ship became a salmon hauler from Alaska to California. Once retired, the Star of India was acquired by maritime enthusiasts and is now an official National Historic Landmark. Fully restored, the Star of India is lovingly maintained and sailed at least once a year.

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Harbor Cruises
Time to EXPLORE: 1 and 2 hour cruises

The best way to see the Big Bay, as it is referred to by the locals in San Diego, is hopping on board a Harbor Cruise. While cruising in the North Bay, visitors will hear an informative narrative about the San Diego bay and experience picturesque views along with historic sights like the North Island Naval Air Station, the United States Naval Submarine Base and Point Loma.

Those that choose the South Bay cruise get the opportunity to see the Coronado Bay Bridge, the bustling Navy Shipyards and the surface fleet.

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Whale Watching Excursions
Time to EXPLORE: 3 1/2 hours
 Seasonal (December - March)

Witness the astounding grace and beauty of the gray whales as they migrate from the chilly arctic to the warm waters of Southern California. On this three and a half-hour adventure visitors are treated to a fact-filled narrative by experienced Captains who ensure that the whales are spotted.

Guests are also likely to see dolphins, sea lions and other marine species as they travel along the marvelous San Diego Bay.

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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier
Time to EXPLORE: 3-4 hours

The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier sits in San Diego at the Navy Pier welcoming and enriching guests from around the world. Its patriotic service and military operations are brought to life throughout this interactive museum. Relive the legacy of the longest-serving aircraft carrier in U.S. Naval history-47 years! “Midway Magic” became a recognized term describing the amazing tenacity of the Midway and its crew. When other ships broke down or headed for port, the Midway continued to respond, to perform from the end of WWII all the way through Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

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Star of India

San Diego’s Star of India is the ‘world’s oldest active sailing ship’. When many were still being created out of wood, this iron ship built in 1863 was a great experiment. Beginning the stages of her life known as Euterpe, this full-rigged ship continued until changes were made almost four decades later. The ship’s sailing began with rough seas. Within two trips to India she endured a cyclone, the death of her first captain, collision and a mutiny. Surviving this difficult beginning, she was turned into a cargo ship and returned to India four more times. In 1871, her ownership turned to London where she began a 25-year run of moving British emigrants to the South Pacific. In that quarter century, she circumnavigated over twenty trips. Her log suggests those trips often found her ‘laboring and rolling in a most distressing manner’, but she was the little iron ship that could. Life for the ship was as difficult as it was for those aboard. Emigrants spent time in cramped quarters, with limited rations and suffering disease and malnutrition. Although some perished during the journey, most saw a successful life in their new home of New Zealand.

 

Later sold to the Pacific Colonial Ship Company of San Francisco, today’s Star of India gained Hawaiian registry and later American registry – which was a true feat for a foreign-built ship. Nearing retirement, she became a salmon hauler regularly making the journey from Alaska to California until coming to a complete rest in 1923. Rescued by James Wood Coffroth in 1926, she was given to the Zoological Society of San Diego with the idea to be made into a floating museum. Taking years to cultivate a following and enough funds necessary, her restoration continues as she spends more and more time in the water she adores. Today, the Star of India shares her story with hundreds daily. She stands as the centerpiece to San Diego’s Maritime Museum and proudly flies her restful sails in the southern California sunshine.

 

Tips for Visiting

Tickets can be purchased for the Star of India alone or a full visit to the Maritime Museum. In it’s near seven-decade existence, this downtown museum has shared its maritime expertise with millions. February is Macy’s Museum Month, and all participating museums are half off. Known for giving much needed love to historic ships the museum is thought to have one of the greatest collections. If you’re looking for a great time on the water, check out San Diego’s Festival of Sail. Annually held over Labor Day weekend, this festival of tall ships turns even the most determined land lover into a sailor. Head on down to wave at pirates, shop at stalls, try your hand at old school sailing or just sit in awe at the life at sea and the mighty ships who continue to wow visitors.

 

Must See

Searching for sea life, visitors aboard the Star of India see the harbor from every deck. Climb aboard and get blasted back in time to the land of tall ships, riggers and nautical linguistics. Try your hand at playing captain and steer the ship straight into port. Take your family on a no-holds-barred educational tour of life at sea touching upon all aspects of the Star of India’s history. Check out the Poop Deck’s ladder, hatch overs and boats. Wind your way to the ‘Tween Decks to see a typical bunk, anchor chains and pump pipes. Or spend your time on the Main Deck to observe the chart room, galley, passenger cabins and more. Read charts, swab the deck, attempt to raise the mast, find your compass, talk to volunteers filled with detailed knowledge of the ship’s history and take in the quarters of those who spent their time aboard the ship.

 

Things To Do Nearby

Whether you take in an urban hike along the Embarcadero, shop for trinkets at nearby Seaport Village or hop aboard the USS Midway, the downtown area of San Diego has much to offer. Almost directly opposite the Star of India, sits Lane Field. The original local field to today’s San Diego Padres, who were previously called the Hollywood Stars, this historic green space, named for the Stars’ owner Bill Lane, is equipped with bases, plaque and mound. Channel your inner Padre and try your hand at pitching a curve. If you’re willing to wander a bit further, you’ll find yourself in San Diego’s Little Italy. Every Saturday, amidst stalls of street food, cold pressed juices, fresh sea urchin and breads of all kinds, you’ll find grown ups, dogs and little ones meandering the aisles in search of a special treat at the Farmer’s Market. If it’s not a Saturday, wandering the streets of Little Italy is still worthwhile. Wiggle your nose past aromas of oregano, mozzarella and all things sauce amidst eclectic international fare as you stroll the blocks of this downtown region.

Seaport Village

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Time to EXPLORE: As much time as you need to browse the unique shops, dine, just snack, or enjoy bayfront views

San Diego, known as America’s finest city, is a year-round waterfront destination. With many days of sunshine, this southern California haven attracts visitors from across the globe yearning for ocean air, sandy feet and access to vitamin D 365 days a year. Situated in the southwest corner of the United States, San Diego is filled with people living active lifestyles, spending time outside and enjoying the salty sea air. Whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or the bay front, locals and visitors flock to the water. Although the coastline sees its fair share of action, downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village is a hub for locals and travelers alike. Throughout the year, thousands stroll along the San Diego Bay taking in the sights. Be it a beautiful exercise route, trendy retail shop, caricature drawing, or tourist souvenir you’re looking for – Seaport Village has it all!

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San Diego Convention Center

Located in the Marina District near the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Convention Center was designed by Arthur Erickson, a Canadian architect. Boasting more than 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, it is the 24th largest facility of its kind in North America. The roof of the Sails Pavilion is the building’s most distinctive feature. The Teflon-coated fiberglass panels summon images of ship sails and reflect the maritime history of the city. Another unique feature is the outdoor, inclined elevator. Completed in 1989 and expanded 12 years later, the convention center hosts major political, business and entertainment events like the annual Comic-Con Convention.

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SEAL Tours

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing adventure! Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL Tour journeys through San Diego by sea AND land. Our unique “Hydra-Terra” amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Your fully narrated tour will depart from San Diego’s Seaport Village on Harbor Drive or Embarcadero, and will tour the historic streets of San Diego before making its way into San Diego’s Big Bay.

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Marriott Marquis and Marina

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Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

With its gorgeous waterfront locale in the heart of downtown San Diego, the Marriott Hotel and Marina is a sight to be seen – If you’re residing here during your stay, it’s a convenient way to catch the Old Town Trolley Tour of San Diego. There’s a hub of activity to view in the harbor, and right next door is the spectacular San Diego Convention Center where a variety of events, conventions and special activities take place throughout the year.

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Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum is an environmentally sustainable building that provides a dynamic, playful public space and community center for children and families – a place to experience exciting art exhibitions, hands-on studio projects, performances, birthday parties, in-depth classes, camps and educational programs. Across the street from the new building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running, climbing, family picnics and a view of the trains and trolleys going by.

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San Diego Convention Center

Located in the Marina District near the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Convention Center was designed by Arthur Erickson, a Canadian architect. Boasting more than 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, it is the 24th largest facility of its kind in North America. The roof of the Sails Pavilion is the building’s most distinctive feature. The Teflon-coated fiberglass panels summon images of ship sails and reflect the maritime history of the city. Another unique feature is the outdoor, inclined elevator. Completed in 1989 and expanded 12 years later, the convention center hosts major political, business and entertainment events like the annual Comic-Con Convention.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade

Honoring the slain civil rights leader, the tree-lined Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade features sculptures like the stainless steel “Breaking of the Chains” by renowned artist Melvin Edwards. There is also a fountain and a hedge maze. Located across from the convention center, the promenade runs adjacent to Harbor Boulevard with its wide assortment of shops and restaurants. The esplanade connects several popular sites along the city’s waterfront. It is the setting for the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, which includes food, music, various activities and other entertainment.

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Coming Together Statue

Designed by avant-garde French-born artist Niki de St. Phalle who spent the final years of her life in San Diego, the Coming Together Statue is a ceramic and mirror mosaic public artwork. It adorns a plaza at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Eight Avenue situated near the San Diego Convention Center. The 28-foot-tall sculpture depicts a dual-faced figure that represents the light and dark facets of a human personality with its colorful ceramics and monochromatic mirrors. One side of the face has masculine characteristics, and the other side depicts feminine traits.

Horton Plaza

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Time to EXPLORE: 3 hours

Named for one of San Diego’s most prominent, original residents, Alonzo Horton, Horton Plaza has something for everyone. Over 6 blocks of shops, restaurants, boutiques and more are to be discovered on multiple levels. From the most well-known department stores, to movie theaters and a food court on the top level, Horton Plaza has it all. Also, its unusual architecture makes it a great place to wander about, just to enjoy the scenery.

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Gaslamp Quarter

Stained glass windows, moldings, carvings, columns and railings are just a part of the fantastic masterpieces that line the streets in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Equipped with today’s gaslamps, brick sidewalks, landscaping, galleries, theaters, boutiques and shops, more than 100 restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the Gaslamp Quarter is where San Diego’s amazing history still thrives. Visited by millions of travelers each year, the area pulsates with activity from morning until the late night hours.

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House of Blues

Located less that a tenth of a mile from Horton Plaza on Fifth Street, the House of Blues San Diego is the destination for body and soul moving music and delicious cuisine. From Rock n Roll to Jazz, Blues, Gospel and more, top artists, local and national performers take the stage everyday.

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Shout House

 You won’t be able to resist belting out tunes at the Shout House just down the road from Horton Plaza on 4th Street. It’s here that performers who know how to get the crowd going masterfully play dueling pianos and have a blast while they are at it. They play classic rock hits from the 50’s all the way to today and take requests from the audience – so don’t be shy.

It’s the most fun you’ll have and gives you a chance to take your singing talents out of the shower.

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Michael J Wolf Fine Arts

From modern paintings to sculptures, this is the Gaslamp’s longest established gallery. A special place that features the work of emerging national and international artists, the Michael J. Wolf gallery is located on 5th Avenue in the historic Brunswick Building. Browse through a host of original artworks by notable artists including Thomas Arvid, Todd White, Stephen Holland, Luigi Rocca and more. The atmosphere here is relaxed and inviting, allowing art lovers to browse at their leisure.

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William Heath Davis House
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

 The William Heath Davis House is considered to be one of the most significant buildings in San Diego’s history. Visitors are intrigued by the exciting stories of the people who lived in it and the fact that it is the oldest wooden structure in San Diego. Its first owner, William Heath Davis, was the first to attempt to develop the new town—yet it was not until Alonzo Horton came along that the true city began to boom. And it is Horton that is credited with being San Diego’s founder. Incredibly, the William Heath Davis House was bought by Alonzo Horton and lived in by him and his wife for several years.

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Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour
Time to EXPLORE: 2 hours

If you happen to be on board our tour on Saturdays, the Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour is an enjoyable way to learn more about this historic San Diego landmark. An expert guide takes you through the Gaslamp Quarter, relating all the unusual, interesting and remarkable people and events that were so much a part of this area during the 1800s. It’s an up-close look at the life and times of some of San Diego’s most famous and infamous residents.

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Chinese Historic District

The San Diego Asian Pacific Historic District, San Diego’s historic Chinatown, is an eight-block district adjacent to and in part overlapping with the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District. The San Diego Chinatown is bounded by Market Street on the north, 2nd Ave. on the west, 6th ave. on the east and J st. on the south. 22 structures are considered historically contributing.

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Chuck Jones Gallery

Known the world over for his animation creations, Chuck Jones is perhaps the most famous animation artist in the world. In this special gallery, see the beloved characters he penned including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all the other original Looney Tunes and Warner Brother’s cartoon characters. From prints and sculptures, this 5th avenue space is a great celebration of Jones’ incredible talent and great fun for all who visit.

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Vin de Syrah

Located on the corner of 5th and E in the Gaslamp District, Vin De Syrah Spirit and Wine Parlor offers wine connoisseurs and anyone who enjoys a glass of wine along with cheeses and desserts, a totally eclectic experience. Step into this contemporary lounge and enjoy cool jazz, candlelight and an array of wines, spirits, beers, martinis and more.

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Dick's Last Resort

Don’t be offended by the offensive staff at Dick’s; they’re just horsing around when they act cranky or throw napkins at you. It’s really their pleasure to serve you – and it’s their duty to make you laugh. If that doesn’t work, and it usually does, the large portions of delicious chicken, succulent ribs and seafood, huge cocktails and an invitation to raise a raucous certainly will.

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Altitude Sky Lounge

For breathtaking views of Coronado Island, the San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline and Petco Park, head to the San Diego Marriott on K Street. Once inside, go to the 22nd floor. The Altitude Sky Lounge has earned a reputation as the #1 Rooftop Bar for its amazing views and warm and relaxing atmosphere. Sip your favorite cocktail as you gaze out at the amazing vistas – ones you cannot enjoy from any other spot in the city.

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Hilton Bayfront

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Bayfront Park

Situated directly behind the Bayfront Hilton, Bayfront Park offers relaxing and sweeping views of the San Diego Bay, Coronado and Coronado Bay Bridge.

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Petco Park

PETCO Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.

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Embarcadero Marina Park

One of two green “arms” that reach into the San Diego Bay and wrap around the Embarcadero Marina. The entrance to the marina divides the parks. A nice walkway extends along the shore, connecting the two parks. On the bay­side of the Convention Center, this park with its sweeping open lawn is a popular site for outdoor concerts. It has been home to the Symphony Summer Pops, a variety of pop­rock concerts and the San Diego Blues Festival ­ as well as San Diego a la Carte, a festival of restaurants. This is a great place to fly a kite, when the wind is right. There’s a popular fishing pier here, too.

 

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Art by Niki de St. Phalle

Take a moment to gaze at the colorful, whimsical work of art by Niki de St. Phalle. Her statue titled Coming Together stands 38-feet high in front of the San Diego Convention Center. A ceramic and mirror mosaic, Coming Together portrays a human face divided in half with one side mirrored and the other side multi-colored.

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Coronado Ferry

Just a short, scenic 15 minute sightseeing trip across San Diego Bay takes you to The Ferry Landing Marketplace, Coronado’s specialty shopping and dining center. Browse through unique shops and galleries. Dine at Peohe’s, Coronado’s premier waterfront seafood restaurant. Enjoy casual California cuisine at Bay Beach Cafe. Grab a quick bite at a fun food eatery. Rent a bicycle. Experience magnificent city views.

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Hotel del Coronado

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A small island town in San Diego Bay, Coronado is known for its fascinating beginnings, its idyllic setting and of course, its beautiful beach resorts. The founders of Coronado Island were visionaries, building an entire community around the idea of drawing tourists from around the globe. They did it knowing that people from all walks of life would come. They would come to soak in the San Diego sun and to see the stunning sights of the San Diego Bay. And they couldn’t have been more correct. 
Throughout its more than 120-year history, millions of visitors have traveled to Coronado to enjoy the waterfront ambiance, dine at the fabulous restaurants, shop at the upscale boutiques and view the many historic buildings. They also came to be spoiled by the lavish amenities of the world-Famous Hotel del Coronado.

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Coronado Beach

Just steps away from the Hotel del Coronado is the exquisite Coronado Beach. Located on the ocean side of Coronado Island, it’s the ideal setting to surf, swim or snooze in the sun. Voted the # 2 beach in America and the # 1 family beach, the pretty white sands and refreshing ocean waters attract both locals and tourists. It’s a great place to relax, play and watch the sun as it sets over the Pacific. There’s much to do, from beach volleyball to whale watching in the winter months. And because of its location, views of San Diego are panoramic.

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Coronado Walking Tours

Presented by the Coronado Historical Association Museum, the 60-minute Coronado Walking Tour is a terrific way to learn more about the wonderful architecture and the history of the area. Led by specially-trained guides from the Museum’s Promenade Guild, the tour is paced so everyone can take their time and see the incredible beauty of the many Victorians and other historic treasures. Stop by the visitor’s center inside the museum for details.

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Balboa Park

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Balboa Park is where the arts, culture and history of San Diego come together to create a 1,200 acre wonderland filled with unforgettable experiences for people of every age. Thriving botanical beauty flourishes throughout and surrounds 15 museums, a variety of performing arts and musical theaters, exotic gardens, fabulous restaurants, upscale shopping, the San Diego Zoo and exquisite Spanish Moor architecture. Known as America’s largest urban cultural park, more than 500,000 visitors come each year to delight in the beauty and amazing attractions of Balboa Park.

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San Diego Zoo
Time to EXPLORE: 3-4 hours

Pandas, penguins and rare plant life are just a hint of what you’ll see when you visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Throughout its 100 acres, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled around the world as you see some of the most intriguing and rarely-seen animals lounge in their natural, expansive habitats. With more than 4,000 animals representing 800 species, the San Diego Zoo stands out among other zoos for its diverse wildlife citizens.

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Philanthropists John and Adolph Spreckels donated a large pipe organ to be part of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Harrison Albright designed the semi-circular Italian Renaissance-style pavilion housing the musical instrument. A self-taught architect from Los Angeles, Albright also designed downtown San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel. The ornate vaulted pavilion features highly embellished gables. Located in Balboa Park, the building faces north to protect the 80 ranks of more than 5,000 pipes from the sun’s UV radiation. It is the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. The pavilion hosts free concerts Sunday afternoon and other concerts throughout the year.

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San Diego Hall of Champions Museum

For those with a passion for sports, the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum is like attending a championship game that goes into double over-time! An interactive, cutting-edge media center allows guests to call play-by-plays for Tony Gwynn – legendary Padres Outfielder, skateboard alongside Tony Hawk and follow the evolution of the surfboard.

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Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in Southern California and home to a variety of intriguing exhibits. Watch in wonder how the Foucault pendulum swings back and forth, knocking over different dominoes throughout the day, signifying the Earth’s rotation. Invented in 1851 by French physicist Jean Foucault, observers enjoy learning how the pendulum works.

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San Diego Museum of Art

Celebrating over 90 years of art in Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Art towers over the park’s central plaza. Opening its doors in 1926, as a fine arts gallery, the cultured and rich collection has only continued to grow. Changing its name in 1978, the museum continued to house a growing art collection provided by the generosity of countless donors and featuring the cultural growth of the San Diego community. With an art school, revitalized rotunda, international pieces and led by leading experts, the San Diego Museum of Art continues to share some of the world’s most beautiful artwork with visitors from around the world. Regularly showcasing world-class exhibitions as well as sharing a year-round schedule in educational and cultural programs for art lovers of all ages, the museum tells the history of the world through the brushstrokes and vision of artists. The mission ‘to inspire, educate and cultivate cultural curiosity through great works of art’ is seen through each exhibit, gallery and docent-led tour. Whether visitors begin their journey outside or in, there are spectacular paintings and sculptures to see and decades of knowledge to embrace. See glorious works from 19th and 20th century American artists, an amazing Asian collection, and of course both the old European and modern day masters. Take your time to see and appreciate all that the museum has to offer.

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Reuben Fleet Science Center

Children of all ages are in for a real treat when visiting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. From virtual reality to interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, most folks are having too much fun to realize they’re learning! In the IMAX Theater, see the biggest films on the planet and feel the sensation of floating in space. Travel from outer space to under the ocean and see the planetarium shows. Then, tour the more than 100 touchable, try-able exhibits in five different galleries. There’s even a special area just for kids under six.

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San Diego Museum of Man

See, feel and touch replicas of early humans, primates and even cyborgs. Journey to ancient Egypt and view rare tomb artifacts and Peruvian mummies. At the San Diego Museum of Man, you’ll see the history and the evolution of man come to life by visiting the many galleries and exhibits on display.

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Little Italy

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Throughout the nation, Little Italy neighborhoods symbolize the tremendous contribution that Italians have made to the culture and history of the United States. Covering a gorgeous and walkable 48-square-block area of northwest downtown San Diego, this ethnic enclave is the largest of its kind in the country. Hosting several festivals throughout the year, the neighborhood boasts street-side cafes, art galleries and a beautiful urban park.

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Piazza Basilone Memorial

With tables and chairs, benches and stoops, with a fountain constantly gurgling a serene background noise and the bay just within eyesight, this urban piazza in the heart of Little Italy is just amazing. Enjoy a coffee, a rendezvous or a book while you bask in a sunlit day with a cool bay breeze. This memorial to neighborhood soldiers who died during the Korean War is a beautiful monument to these heroes. It serves as a tranquil oasis in the middle of one of the busiest blocks in the city.

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Amici Park

At the corner of State and Date streets in Little Italy, Amici Park is a rare gem of a park. Located within Little Italy, Amici Park features Bocci ball courts, a small amphitheater and a large green playing field. Adjacent to Washington Elementary School, the students use the park as a playground area during school hours and the community uses it at all other times.

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Saturday Mercato Farmers Market

Eat, shop and enjoy at Little Italy Mercato every Saturday, year round, 9 am to 1:30 pm. The Little Italy Mercato is the city market for downtown San Diego residents and visitors with more than 70 booths lining Date Street from Kettner to Union offering farm fresh produce, artisan foods and specialty items.

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