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SAN DIEGO

Located on the southern-most corner of coastal California, San Diego is 70 miles of beaches sunny skies and scenic attractions.  With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego is known worldwide as one of the best tourist destinations.

For more information on activities and attraction, arts and culture, beaches and parks, casinos, cruises, shopping, sports and recreation, museums, professional sporting events, spas and salons, concerts and theaters, historical sites, tours and sightseeing, where to go, what to do, dining and nightlife, events calendar, and more, please visit any of the following websites:

www.sandiego.org
www.sandiego.com
www.signonsandiego.com

THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

Outdoors, Sport, & Nature

Sea World 
500 Sea World Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
1-800-257-4268

http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego/

Spend a day with the animals! Feed and pet dolphins, watch Shamu interact with his trainers, walk through the Shark Encounter, and take in a performance of Cirque de la Mer (an aquatic circus full of amazing feats of strength and laughs).

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-1515

www.sandiegozoo.org

The San Diego Zoo is more than a zoo: it is a sanctuary for thousands of animals, a landscape of rare plants from all climates and a living classroom that entertains as well as educates. Learn about animals that lived in Southern California 12,000 years ago and meet their living counterparts at The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. The new 7.5-acre multispecies habitat features elephants, California condors, jaguars and more and offers guests insight about the Zoo’s conservation efforts to protect wildlife from becoming extinct like the mammoth and saber-toothed cat. Even though the 100-acre Zoo is known for its amazing array of animals, it is actually the plants that are the Zoo’s most valuable collection. The exhibits often mimic the native habitats of the animals, including the plant life.  

Mission Bay Public Park

Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres, approximately 46% land and 54% water. The park offers a wide range of recreational activities including paths for walking and jogging, and playgrounds for children. It is one of San Diego's most popular locations to fly a kite, picnic or sail a model yacht. Fire rings make it possible to cook out and stay warm. Mission Bay Park also offers a variety of free opportunities to the public such as professional volleyball and Over-the-Line sporting events. Annual attendance in the park is estimated at 15 million.

Belmont Park
3146 Mission Boulevard
619-491-2988
www.belmontpark.com

Reminiscent of San Diego days of old, Belmont Park, built in 1925, is a Mission Beach landmark. This park is a great place for a diversion for kids, carnival lovers and romantics. The park is known primarily for The Giant Dipper, a nostalgic wooden roller coaster, but Belmont also has a good mix of other carnival rides, shops, an arcade and an indoor pool. For those bored of the beach, it’s a fun alternative. Admission is free; however, attractions cost 2-6 tickets, and tickets are $1 each.

Urban Trees – The Port Public Art Program
Along the Harbor/ North Harbor Drive
619-686-7246

http://www.portofsandiego.org/public-art/learn-about-the-urban-trees-project.html

The Port's Public Art Program conceived this temporary exhibit to punctuate and activate the postcard views of San Diego Bay and invite people to stroll along and enjoy the pedestrian promenade. Artists were invited to apply their creative energies to the design of artistic trees to add color, form, interest and fun to the waterfront. The 30 artworks were commissioned for the Urban Trees 6 exhibit, which extends for a half mile along Harbor Drive from the Cruise Ship Terminal to Hawthorn Street. Along the way, visitors can enjoy other attractions including the USS Midway, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego Harbor Excursion, Hornblower Cruises & Events and outstanding waterfront dining.

Balboa Park – Hiking Trails
Trail map: http://www.balboapark.org/maps/maps.php#trails
(619) 239-0512

Florida Canyon offers shared trails for hikers and mountain bikers that meander through rocky hillsides of sagebrush, cacti and other natural flora. Trail maps are available in the Balboa Park Visitors Center.

Torrey Pines Natural State Reserves 
12500 North Torrey Pines Road
San Diego CA 92037
858-755-2063

http://www.torreypine.org/index.html

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast! Because of the efforts and foresight of the people in this area, 2000 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed -with the chaparral plant community, the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. One can imagine what California must have looked like to the early settlers, or to the Spanish explorers, or even to the first California residents here, the Kumeyaay people. There are 8 miles of trails, a visitor center, and guided nature walks on weekends and holidays.

Horton Plaza – Ice Skating
225 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101

http://www.sdice.com/horton/index.htm

Want to experience skating ice skating in the heart of America's Finest City all while benefiting a great cause? Come to Horton Plaza and join us in a benefit for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego.

Mission Trails Regional Park
One Father Junipero Serra Trail
San Diego, CA 92119

http://www.mtrp.org/park.asp

Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses nearly 5,800 acres of both natural and developed recreational acres. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542. Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle. With over 40 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, numerous informative hikes, and a state-of-the-art Visitor & Interpretive Center, Mission Trails Regional Park has something to offer everyone.

Hornblower Cruises
1066 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
1-888-467-625-6937

http://www.hornblower.com/hce/port/overview/sd+harbortour

Take a classic sightseeing tour with a green twist. Narrated Highlights include over 50 points of interest, the history of San Diego & iconic sights: Navy ships, aircraft carriers, the spectacular Coronado Bridge, the famous Star of India and historic ships of the Maritime Museum, the Cruise Ship terminal, Seaport Village, and the downtown skyline. Reservations not required, but recommended to save time and ensure you are able to get tickets for the departure time you prefer.

History and Culture

Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 534-3474

http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/

Birch Aquarium at Scripps brings to life the exciting discoveries of world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. For more than a century, the aquarium has inspired visitors with the wonders of the ocean. Enter the world of sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs and more, and discover a stunning variety of Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats. Interact with exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Oceanography explorers through hands-on displays and multimedia.

Point Loma Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106-3601
(619) 557-5450

http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

A National Park, it commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay in 1542. The park offers a view of San Diego's harbor and skyline, as well as Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island. On clear days, a wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Tijuana, and Mexico's Coronado Islands are also visible.

Old Town
Old Town Chamber of Commerce
2383 San Diego Avenue
San Diego CA 92110
619.291.4903

If you’re looking for great Mexican Food, look no further! Step back in time into a colorful world of fun and entertainment in beautiful Historic Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California where the first Europeans settled. Around every corner there is more history waiting for you. The finest in professional theatre, artisans, galleries and shops are all within easy walking distance with free live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, period attire docents providing tours and more. Old Town San Diego is nestled in heart of San Diego, with more than 150 shops, award-winning restaurants, 17 museums, and historical sites. Old Town is just a short walk from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center.

Gaslamp Quarter
www.gaslamp.org

The Gaslamp Quarter is a 16 1/2 block historical neighborhood in downtown San Diego, California. Its main period of development began in 1867, when Alonzo Horton bought the land in hopes of creating a new city center closer to the bay, and chose 5th Avenue as its main street. After a period of urban decay, the neighborhood underwent urban renewal in the 1980s and 1990s, and is today an energetic business and entertainment district. Now it is a bustling section of San Diego filled with great food and drink.

USS Midway
910 N. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
619.544.9600
http://www.midway.org/

The USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years.  Large and very impressive, it has real jets and real airplanes up on the flight deck, that travelers can actually walk into and even sit in the cockpits of some planes.

San Diego Maritime Museum - Star of India
1492 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-9153

http://www.sdmaritime.org/star-of-india/

Star of India is the world's oldest active sailing ship. She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard in the Isle of Man in 1863. Iron ships were experiments of sorts then, with most vessels still being built of wood. Within five months of laying her keel, the ship was launched into her element. She bore the name Euterpe, after the Greek muse of music and poetry.

Balboa Park

Museum of Man
(619) 239-2001
http://www.museumofman.org

Located beneath the ornate 200-foot California Tower, the San Diego Museum of Man is the city’s only museum devoted to anthropology. With its Spanish colonial and mission style architecture, the landmark building was originally constructed for the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition. Today, a key focus of the museum is to create and display dynamic and educational anthropological exhibits about people and places throughout the Americas and around the world.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
(619) 238-1233 
http://www.rhfleet.org

The Fleet is home to Southern California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films and amazing planetarium shows in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theatre and experience seven galleries of fun, interactive exhibits. A 23-passenger motion simulator ride thrills visitors with journeys into exciting realms. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthful treats in Galileo’s Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the Science Store

Museum of Photographic Arts
(619) 238-7559 
http://www.mopa.org

One of the few institutions in the country devoted to the photographic arts, the Museum of Photographic Arts houses more than 4,000 works, representing the entire history of photography, its aesthetic movements, and technological advancements. Illustrating the complex and varied history of the medium, the museum's collection is particularly strong in modern and contemporary work, specifically social documentary photography and photojournalism. The museum is also home to a state-of-the-art movie theater

San Diego Air and Space Museum
(619) 234-8291
http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org

Science, space and aviation history all unfold at the San Diego Air & Space Museum—California’s Official Air and Space Museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world, including a working flying replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft and the only real GPS satellite on display in the world.  The Museum also offers interactive exhibits including MaxFlight® and Space Shuttle simulators plus dynamic, hands-on and ever-changing traveling exhibitions.

Japanese Friendship Garden
(619) 232-2721
http://www.niwa.org

The Garden originated as a teahouse during the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition and now lies on two acres near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Along the Garden’s winding paths are a Zen garden for meditation, an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai exhibit, ceremonial gate, and a Fujidana (wisteria arbor). Weekend classes areoffered in sushi making, bonsai, calligraphy, and conversational Japanese.

Entertainment

Lamb’s Players Theater
1142 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 437-6000

http://www.lambsplayers.org/

Lamb’s Players Theater is one of Southern California’s leading non-profit performing arts organizations. We perform in two theatres: one in the charming island community of Coronado, the other in downtown San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Their mission is To Tell Good Stories Well. 

The Whaley House
2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-7511

http://whaleyhouse.org

Few houses in San Diego are as historically important as the Whaley House. In addition to being the Whaley Family home, it housed a granary, the County Court House, San Diego's first commercial theater, various businesses including Thomas Whaley's own general store, a ballroom, a billiard hall, school, and polling place. Significant events, such as the siezure of the court documents and records in 1871, and the suicide of Violet Whaley in 1885 profoundly affected Thomas and Anna Whaley. These events, as well as the hangings which occurred on the property before the house was constructed, have suffused the Whaley House with an air of mystery and added to its reputation as something more than just California State Historic Landmark #65.

Seaport Village
849 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-235-4014

http://www.seaportvillage.com/

Seaport Village is a 14 acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. Includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants. Four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping. Quarter mile boardwalk along the San Diego Bay. Seaport Village is built on landfill over Punta de los Muertos (Point of the Dead) where the Spanish expedition of 1782 buried those who had died of scurvy. In later years it was a railroad yard where goods and other products were unloaded from ships and loaded aboard trains for shipment east. Seaport Village broke ground in 1978 and opened in 1980.  

Sprekels Theater
121 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101-5025
(619) 235-9500

www.spreckels.net

The Historic Spreckels Theatre opened on August 23rd, 1912. Since that time this magnificent 1464 seat theatre has played host to San Diego's finest attractions, first as a vaudville house, then a movie palace of the motion picture hey-day and now as a live presentation venue.

Starlight Musical Theater 
2005 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-STAR(7827)

http://www.starlighttheatre.org/index.html

San Diego Civic Light Opera Association is one of the oldest continuously producing musical theatre companies in the United States. Starlight was founded in 1945 by Charles Cannon, William Dean, Julius Leib and Robert J. Sullivan. Starlight Musical Theatre, presented its first season in 1946 with Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, presented in the San Diego Zoo's Wegeforth Bowl. It was followed by productions of the Chocolate Soldier, H.M.S. Pinafore, Naughty Marietta, The Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel.

Old Globe Theater
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101-1696
(619) 231-1941

http://www.theoldglobe.org/index.aspx

The internationally-acclaimed, Tony® Award-winning Old Globe is one of the most renowned regional theatres in the country, and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 70 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly-regarded Shakespeare festival. The Globe has become a gathering place for leading theatre artists from around the world, such as Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan, and Chita Rivera, among many others. Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, and Damn Yankees have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theatres across the country.
Playing Nov.20, 2010 – Dec. 26, 2010: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

San Diego Repertory Theater
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-1000

http://www.sdrep.org/

San Diego Repertory Theatre produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul.
Playing Nov. 13 – December 12, 2010: Storyville

Nightlife

Café Sevilla
555 4thAve
San Diego, CA 92101
619-233-5979
http://www.cafesevilla.com/

A local landmark, Café Sevilla has been located in the heart of San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter for more than 20 years. Just steps from the Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza, Café Sevilla is a popular place for locals and visitors alike. As the original location that started it all, Café Sevilla is proud to offer the most authentic Spanish ambiance in our Tapas Bar, restaurant, and nightclub.

East Village Tavern and Bowl
930 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-677-BOWL (2695)
http://www.bowlevt.com

Found at 930 Market Street, East Village Tavern and Bowl is quickly becoming downtown San Diego's alternative to expensive cover charges and strict dress codes. With a mouth-watering menu, 12 bowling lanes, pool tables, and a fun and upbeat atmosphere, it's no surprise the new Tavern has been consistently busy since doors opened in fall 2007. Grab a pint, some great food, and have a blast bowling! It gets crowded on the weekends, so get there early and consider making reservations for a lane.

Shout House 
655 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-231-6700
http://www.theshouthouse.com/San_Diego/home.asp
 

Dueling Pianos are two piano players/singers performing at two, face to face grand pianos in front of two large mirrors performing the classic rock 'n roll hits from the 1950s to the present. It's request driven by the audience and with the use of multiple teams, goes non-stop all night. It's the great music hits of all time combined with great showmanship, energy and comedy. Watching the people, watch the people . . . It’s worth the price of admission alone!

House of Blues 
1055 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 299–BLUE
http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/sandiego/

House of Blues San Diego opened in 2005 and is home to the famous Bead Wall – an entire wall covered in Mardi Gras beads from New Orleans. House of Blues San Diego also acknowledges its oceanic roots by paying homage La Siren and Agoue. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues San Diego displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.

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