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Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

The hottest nightlife scene on the West Coast

Discover San Diego's Urban Side

The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation.

Gaslamp Quarter

In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian Age buildings stand side by side, you'll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.

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Things to Do Downtown

During the day, families can enjoy compelling cultural attractions in San Diego's downtown such as The New Children's Museum; take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres; or catch the San Diego Trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. With plenty of places to eat, shop and explore, families can enjoy a true California urban safari.

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Epic Nightlife

After dark, the city transforms into a sophisticated playground for adults. With an endless variety of posh nightclubs, sizzling music venues and sky-high rooftop bars, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a memorable night on the town.

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The waterfront Embarcadero (or “landing place” in Spanish) lines the western edge of downtown. Its boardwalk hugs the San Diego Bay, home to the cruise terminal, the Navy Pier, Seaport Village and The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the permanent outdoor home of the San Diego Symphony. Climb aboard to explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. If a moving sea vessel is more your style, hop on a harbor cruise and explore the bay, while taking in the skyline views. For fun on land, head to the The Headquarters at Seaport to grab a gourmet bite or browse for one-of-a-kind take-home treasures.

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Little Italy

If you're looking for some authentic local flavor, immerse yourself in San Diego's Little Italy district, just north of downtown, where you can grab a slice of pizza or an espresso and biscotti from a local café, or dine at one of the celebrity-chef restaurants located on bustling Kettner Boulevard, known as "Top Chef Alley".

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East Village

Just south of downtown sits the vibrant East Village, a revitalized warehouse district with a hip social scene, plus trendy cafes, craft beer bars and a high-energy vibe.

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Barrio Logan

East of downtown you'll find Barrio Logan, the epicenter of San Diego's Hispanic community, where art and food converge in a symphony of sights, sounds and tastes. The colorful murals and outstanding, flavorful fare are worth the trip.

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Getting to Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown is the heart of San Diego and there's not shortage of ways to get into the action. All major freeways go through the city including Interstate 5 and 805, and State Highway 163. Unlike many cities, traffic during rush hour flows away from the city in the morning, and into the city at night - so for tourists, the trip is quick! San Diego's public transportation system is efficient and cost-effective. The Red Trolley crosses the city in several key areas with major connections at downtown's Santa Fe Station. Amtrak and the Coaster rail service connects North County and its quintessential beach towns to downtown action. And once you are in the city, ride share and scooter programs including Circuit, Uber and Lyft provide great alternatives to move around town.

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Barrio Logan

For years, the Barrio Logan neighborhood has been one of San Diego's best kept secrets. An epicenter of the city's Mexican-American culture, this neighborhood is quickly becoming a hotspot for cutting-edge art and authentic local culture.


San Diego's Embarcadero

A great place for a stroll along the water


San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Not only is this area the epicenter of San Diego’s nightlife scene, it is also rich with cultural offerings


Mission Fed ArtWalk

Apr 29 - Apr 30, 2023

Returning to Little Italy, for 39 years, Mission Fed ArtWalk has celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego. We believe art has the power to connect communities, cultivate new artistic talent and create a better quality of life for all through cultural enrichment.


San Diego Restaurant Week

Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2023

San Diego Restaurant Week, hosted by the California Restaurant Association, returns with over 100 restaurants across 30+ neighborhoods for eight days of dining.


Easter Brunch Cruise

Apr 9 - Apr 10, 2023

Make this Easter one to remember, surrounded by sparkling views of San Diego Bay. Join us Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, for Flagship's Easter Brunch Cruise. A decadent spread of all-you-can-eat brunch stations awaits, including made-to-order omelets, fresh local seafood, chef-attended carving station, and so much more, accompanied by live music and bottomless champagne. All entrées include pastries and seasonal fruit, complimentary coffee and tea, and free-flowing champagne mimosas.

Cruises depart at 10am and 2pm, with your choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Make your reservations today.


Easter Premier Dinner Cruise

Apr 9, 2023

Create incredible Easter memories! Come out on the San Diego Bay this weekend for an exciting San Diego Easter cruise. Enjoy beautiful spring weather, amazing photo backdrops, and a delicious plated dinner. It's the perfect opportunity to make this time with friends and family extra special, sailing San Diego’s incredible views from the Coronado Bridge to the Cabrillo National Monument. Make Easter unforgettable this year with dining, dancing, and San Diego’s best views from our climate-controlled interiors and open-air exterior decks.


Two-and-Half-hour Dinner cruise on the San Diego Bay
Delicious plated dinner with freshly prepared entrees, salads, and desserts
Spectacular views of the city skyline and local landmarks
Guaranteed table for your party size
Onboard DJ entertainment
Unlimited coffee, hot tea, and iced tea


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Mission Fed ArtWalk

Apr 29 - Apr 30, 2023

San Diego Restaurant Week

Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2023

Easter Brunch Cruise

Apr 9 - Apr 10, 2023

Easter Premier Dinner Cruise

Apr 9, 2023

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Valid: Nov 18, 2022 - ongoing

On Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-close, enjoy a Small Pizza or Smokey's Burger PLUS a Beer for only $15. Plus, enjoy Rotisserie Chicken and Fries for only $12 (this special is to-go only).

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Valid: Jul 26, 2022 - ongoing

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