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Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

The hottest nightlife scene on the West Coast

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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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Easter Bunny Tea

Apr 10 - Apr 11, 2020

A Westgate tradition. Celebrate spring in elegance with our sumptuous signature Parisian-style afternoon tea. Delicious proof of our generations-long love of afternoon tea, our Easter tea is served with a delicious selection of house-made sweet delicacies, yummy child-friendly petit-fours, savory tea sandwiches and pastries. All accompanied with a choice of freshly brewed fine teas and a special hop-in appearance from a fluffy guest.

Stay on, as the springtime cheer continues on the Riviera Terrace with an egg hunt extraordinaire and an enchanting magic performance featuring the Easter bunny. There is no finer way to indulge in the chicest of San Diego surroundings.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH & SATURDAY, APRIL 11TH

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

$79 Adults (all inclusive)
$55 Children ages 4-12 (all inclusive)
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San Diego Mother's Day Cruises

May 10, 2020

Spoil the one who's always there for you with a unique Mother's Day gift. Whisk Mom aboard for an indulgent afternoon on the water with bottomless bubbly and rosé all day, live jazz music and a lavish buffet; or enjoy a three-course dinner at your own private table with panoramic San Diego views. Browse our Mother’s Day events to choose from several cruise options.  

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Sweet and Tender Hooligans

Apr 18, 2020

As the “ultimate tribute to Morrissey and the Smiths,” Sweet and Tender Hooligans have been paying homage to the legendary British indie band for more than two decades with their finely crafted tribute show. Performing to sold-out crowds throughout the US, Mexico and UK, frontman Jose Maldonado channels Morrissey so convincingly that Moz himself has even jokingly taken the stage with the opening line “Hello, we are the Sweet and Tender Hooligans and I’m Jose.” From their era-perfect style to Maldonado’s Morrissey-inspired coif, the band never fails to satisfy even the most rigorous Smiths purists, leaving fans to wonder “How Soon Is Now” in regards to their future tour dates.

Ages: 18+

Genre: tribute alternative rock

Show/Doors: 9:00pm / 8:00pm

Tickets: $20 advanced / $22 day of show 

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An Evening With Musiq Soulchild

Jun 7, 2020

With 11 Grammy nominations under his belt, Musiq Soulchild, is clearly a very talented R&B/Soul artist. He leans towards a more laid-back, ballad oriented sound with some more upbeat hits as well, including 'B.U.D.D.Y.' and 'Anything'.

Not on the e-mail list for Presales? CLICK HERE to sign up to be a Music Box VIP and you will never miss a chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public again!

Genre: R&B

Ticket Price: $48 advanced / $50 day of show

Age: 21+

Show/Doors: 8:30 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

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Valid: Jan 31 - ongoing

Stay 2 nights and you’ll receive 2 drinks at the BAR (limit 2 drinks per confirmation number. Must be 21 years of age. Well Drinks only).

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Stay Cool in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter!

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