Things to do in San Diego, California
From free outdoor concerts in the Gaslamp Quarter to the amazing museums of Balboa Park, there’s something for everyone in San Diego!
Convention Center / Sports Arena
San Diego Convention Center. The San Diego Convention Center is located on sparkling San Diego Bay in the heart of a vibrant downtown. Abundant, flexible space and five-star service make the San Diego Convention Center the meeting planner's choice for hosting major conventions, trade shows, meetings and special events. Located only 10 miles from Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, events at the San Diego Convention Center are easy to negotiate when you stay at our comfortable hotel. You’ll find exceptional amenities like complimentary WiFi high speed Internet access and spacious work desks; a sparkling, heated outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfasts. If you’re attending an event at the San Diego Convention Center, choose Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU for your lodging needs. For more information on the Convention Center, visit http://www.sdccc.org.
Valley View Casino Center. The Valley View Casino Center is more than just a place to watch sports-it’s a dynamic center for a variety of entertainment in San Diego. Acclaimed shows include Cirque du Soleil, Sesame Street Live, and Keith Urban. For more information, visit http://www.valleyviewcasinocenter.com. [Top]
Mission Bay Park. San Diego’s 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. Http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/missionbay/index.shtml.
Cabrillo National Monument. Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources, including the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, first lit in 1855, and which stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/cabr. [Top]
San Diego Culture
Balboa Park. Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes-all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction. Visit http://www.balboapark.org.
Tijuana, Mexico. Only half an hour from San Diego, and renowned as “the world’s most visited border city,” Tijuana invites you to discover and enjoy its extensive variety of attractions and activities. In Tijuana, you’ll find many interesting, entertaining places, from world-class restaurants, nightclub shows and discotheques to attractions like golf courses, museums, and the Cultural Center. Our San Diego trolley system will take you right to the border! Visit http://www.tijuana.com/en/index.html.
Gaslamp Quarter. Shop, dine, and play in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter! And as the sun sets, the Gaslamp Quarter streets transform into a nighttime playground where the scene is pumping! From coffeehouses to live theater to wine tasting, the Gaslamp is the heart of San Diego’s nightlife. Leave your car behind and ride on our San Diego trolley system. For more information, visit http://www.gaslamp.org. [Top]
San Diego Park
Old Town Historic Park. Historic Old Town is nestled in the heart of San Diego, with over 150 restaurants, shops, and historical sites. Old Town, the Birthplace of California, is just a short walk from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center and a short drive from most San Diego destinations. Visit http://www.oldtownsandiego.org. [Top]