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Explore Downtown San Diego

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Downtown San Diego is an ideal travel destination. It seems as though the city was built entirely around the idea of serving tourists.

It all starts with the San Diego Airport. If you are a light packer, you could literally take a leisurely walk from the airport to downtown San Diego’s top attractions. Your 1.3 mile walk would take you along the glistening San Diego Harbor full of sailboats while you enjoyed spectacular views of the downtown skyline. You would pass by the Coast Guard Station, a Mediterranean mooring area for the largest private ships in the world, and arrive at the San Diego Maritime Museum, which is home to the world’s oldest sailing vessel and ships used in blockbuster Hollywood movies.

Continue walking along the harbor for another 1.3 miles and you will pass the starting spot for the Harbor Boat Cruises and City Bus Tours, the Visitor Information Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Seaport Village Shopping Area, and the Convention Center before arriving at the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres.

Along the way, you will pass within two blocks of the AMTRAK station, Trolley stops, the New Children’s Museum, and the Chinese Historical District.

Visitors are always amazed at the convenience, beauty, and pedestrian-friendly nature of downtown San Diego. Select each of the picture tabs above to start exploring what Downtown San Diego has to offer or start making your plans to enjoy the walk along the downtown harbor.

Beautiful Stroll Along San Diego Bay

Location: Downtown San Diego (From the San Diego Convention Center to the Airport)

Hours: Always Open

Things to Do & See: Enjoy the Views of San Diego Harbor and Skyline while walking several miles along the waterfront, visiting world-class attractions, dining at restaurants, shopping in unique stores, looking at artwork, and people watching. You can also ride an Antique Carousel or take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

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Gaslamp Quarter Attractions and Nightlife

Location: Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter)

Features: Shopping, Restaurants, Nightlife, Performing Arts, Historical Tours

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San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

Open Daily: Entrance Allowed 10AM – 4PM (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Cost: $18 ($10 for Kids ages 6-17 and $15 for Seniors 62+). Parking Costs Extra.

Features: USS Midway – Longest Serving Aircraft Carrier in U.S. Naval History; Over 40 Exhibits, including Fighter Planes; Simulator Rides

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San Diego Maritime Museum

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

Open Daily: 9AM – 8PM (9PM during Summer)

Cost: $14 ($8 for Kids ages 6-12 and $11 for Students, Military, and Seniors 62+). Parking Costs Extra.

Features: Oldest Active Ship in the World; National Historic Landmarks; U.S. & Soviet Submarines; Nine Maritime Exhibitions, Ships used in the Movies Amistad & Master and Commander; Sailing Adventures.

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International Visitor Information Center

Location: Downtown San Diego

Hours: Generally open 9AM – 5PM during the Summer and 9AM – 4PM during the Winter

Services: Professionally trained staff and volunteers to assist with San Diego vacation plans, brochures, maps, and discount tickets. (Great Deals on SeaWorld 2-Day Tickets and LEGOLAND Adult Tickets. Other tickets are generally $1 – $2 off standard or upgraded admission prices.)

Host: San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

Printable San Diego Visitor Planning Guide – 175 pages.

Google Map

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Balboa Theatre San Diego

Location: Downtown San Diego (Horton Plaza / Core District)

Performances: Year-Round

Cost: Ranges from Free to $70+

Features: View Productions from Broadway San Diego, the Classical California Ballet, and Tour Companies from Around the World in a Brand New Facility.

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San Diego Civic Theatre

Location: Downtown San Diego (Horton Plaza / Core District)

Performances: Year-Round

Cost: Ranges from $15 to $200

Features: Home to One of the Top Opera Companies in the Country; See Pop-Stars in Concert; View Productions from Broadway San Diego, the Classical California Ballet, and Tour Companies from Around the World.

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Lyceum Theatre San Diego

Location: Downtown San Diego (Horton Plaza / Core District)

Performances: September through March

Cost: Theatre – $34 and Up ($18 for Students); Ballet – $40 ($20 for Students)

Features: Home to the Progressive San Diego Repertory Theatre and the Contemporary San Diego Ballet

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Horton Grand Theatre

Location: Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter)

Performances: Wednesdays through Sundays

Cost: $36 – $46; ($5 off for Seniors 65+ and Half Off for Ages 29 and Under and Active Military Members)

Features: Popular Theatre for Long-Running Crowd Favorite Musicals

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Tour San Diego at a Leisurely Pace on a Segway

A Segway is a personal transport vehicle. As long as you can stand comfortably, your motorized Segway will take you around town at about 6 – 9 mph. You can take a guided tour on Segways around San Diego or rent them for your own use. Listed below are the local Segway companies and the tours they offer.

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Location: Balboa Park, Downtown along San Diego Bay, Coronado, Oceanside

Open Daily: Each Location is Open Year-Round but offer Different Hours

Cost: $20+ per Hour for Surreys and $10+ per Hour for Bicycles.

Features: Bicycle and Surrey Rentals for the Whole Family. Surreys can seat up to 6 Adults and 2 Small Children.

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