From koalas at the zoo to dinner by the bay, San Diego is full of attractions for all ages. Turn your DDW® stay into a vacation and check out these San Diego standbys.
A quick walk from the convention center, the historic Gaslamp Quarter is brimming with al fresco dining options, shopping, art galleries, concert venues and museums. This cosmopolitan area is perfect for a rooftop cocktail and is just as lively during the day as it is at night.
Grab a hot dog and take in a ballgame during your visit. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in town for a series with San Diego’s beloved Padres through Sunday, May 19. Next up will be the Arizona Diamondbacks from Monday through Wednesday, May 20–22. Tickets are available at mlb.com/padres/tickets/specials/digestive-disease-week.
San Diego Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The world-famous zoo is home to 4,000 rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles, as well as 6,500 varieties of exotic plants. Highlights include the Panda Canyon, Elephant Odyssey, Lost Forest, Outback and the giant walk-through aviaries. Check out the new klipspringer, an agile African antelope, in the Africa Rocks section. You’ll need a whole day to explore.
Dine on the waterfront or shop for nautical décor at San Diego’s Seaport Village near the convention center. You’ll love the sea breeze while perusing more than 50 unique shops and entertainment venues.
USS Midway Museum
Sail into history at the USS Midway Museum, an aircraft carrier turned museum on San Diego Bay. Go above and below, from the flight deck to the engine room, and see more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits and displays.