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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. 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.

During the day, families can enjoy compelling cultural attractions in San Diego's downtown, like The New Children's Museum, take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, or catch the 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.

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

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 and Seaport Village. Climb aboard to explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India, or 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 Headquarters at Seaport Village to grab a gourmet bite or browse for one-of-a-kind take-home treasures.

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." Just south of downtown sits the vibrant East Village, a revitalized warehouse district with a hip social scene, and trendy cafes, craft beer bars and high energy vibe. 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 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 programs including Car-To-Go, DecoBike, and FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) 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.

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San Diego's Embarcadero

A great place for a stroll along the water

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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

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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 29, 2020

San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at participating libraries or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the cost of admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums. The San Diego Museum Month pass is free; one pass can be used at several museums* throughout the month of February.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, science or nature lover, the San Diego Museum Council has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest.

Take advantage of this annual program to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of!

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Country Brunch Live: The Sickstring Outlaws

Feb 22, 2020

“Rootin' tootin', knee-slappin' country" is how San Diego City Beat describes The Sickstring Outlaws. They perform classic and timeless country hits, many from artists with first name recognition...Merle, Johnny, Willie, Waylon, and all three Hanks. Current artists such as Blake Shelton, Eric Church, and Dwight Yoakam are featured as well. “We sing songs about real life, hard-working people, and honky-tonk heroes”. That's how frontman Ron Houston hears and sees it. Born in Louisiana and raised in Bakersfield CA, Ron wears his country pedigree on both sleeves. Backed by a hard-hitting posse of top-shelf musicians their live show is a must-see. Whether you're a casual listener or two-steppin' country dancer, ya'll are gonna enjoy what the Ron and the boys are cookin' up and dishing out!

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The Music of Cream

Mar 8, 2020

This unique project began in 2017 with a handful of concerts celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Cream’ in Australia and New Zealand. The show was so well-received, The Music of Cream has now been seen over one hundred times by tens of thousands of fans across North America and the U.K. with many selling out!

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2020 SAN DIEGO MARDI GRAS FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION

Feb 21 - Feb 25, 2020

Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter at the 2020 San Diego Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday on February 21 , 22 and 25! 

Indulge in an evening of Mardi Gras festivities including DJ, live music, themed parties, decadent drink specials, extended Happy Hour and more perks!

▬▬▬▬ ✪ TICKET BENEFITS ✪ ▬▬▬▬
► Club Pass includes free admission to 20+ premier restaurants, nightclubs & bars along the famous 5th Avenue

► A visitor friendly and inexpensive way to experience Gaslamp's award winning nightlife and dining 
► 8 Hosted Welcome Shots 
► Exclusive Opening Party at American Junkie

► Finale Parties at award winning nightclubs such as Bassmnt, Parq and Omnia 
► Live Entertainment
► Keepsake Mardi Gras Passport
► Extended Happy Hour on food & drinks 
► Play & Stay Hotel Rate at Andaz, The Keating and Hotel Republic of San Diego 

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