Things to See in Downtown San Diego

Things to See in Downtown San Diego
Most of San Diego is an outdoor adventurer's dream; year-round warm weather, an abundance of public parks and beaches, and of course many choices among water sports, ranging from swimming to surfing. Downtown San Diego offers a number of tourist attractions, nightclubs, restaurants and general people-watching opportunities. When visitors are not surfing in the world-famous Pacific or jogging through miles of parks, they might want to consider taking an urban hike through downtown San Diego to enhance their overall travel experience.

Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter is one of downtown San Diego's most famed--and historic to boot--districts. At 16.5 blocks, this can also offer space and time for your outdoor adventures. The community features more than 40 nightclubs, well over 100 restaurants, and dozens of shopping opportunities. If visitors wish to relax Southern California-style, they should check out one of Gaslamp Quarter's several full-service spas and salons.

Gaslamp Quarter
410 Island Street
San Diego, CA 92101
619-233-5227
gaslamp.org

USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum may satisfy both the physical and touristic cravings of outdoor adventurers visiting downtown San Diego. Visitors can literally climb aboard the historic military ship USS Midway and trace the footsteps of more than 225,000 soldiers who served the United States aboard that vessel. Keep in mind that this site, like most museums, is only open during daytime hours. The museum staff admits the last visitors at 4 p.m. each day; the site closes at 5 p.m. USS Midway Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving.

As of 2010, the price of adult admission tickets was $18; senior citizens and students with valid identification could expect to pay $15. Children ages six to 17 and retired military personnel (with appropriate ID) pay $10; children under six years old are admitted free of charge.

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-9600
midway.org

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's downtown location was briefly closed for exhibit installations, but reopened in March 2010. One of its buildings is the former Santa Fe Depot baggage building, so this site may also interest those outdoor enthusiasts who have an interest in Western United States transportation history. All artwork displayed in the museum was created after the year 1950.

MCASD also has a La Jolla location for those who want to check out some modern art before or after a journey to one of San Diego's most famous beaches. The purchase of one admission ticket ($10 for most adults as of 2010) will allow guests to visit both museums multiple times over a one-week time period. However, note that the MCASD downtown site is not open on Wednesdays.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown
1100 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
858-454-3541
mcasd.org

Article Written By Stephanie Mojica

Stephanie Mojica has been a journalist since 1997 and currently works as a full-time reporter at the daily newspaper "The Advocate-Messenger" in Kentucky. Her articles have also appeared in newspapers such as "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and "The Virginian-Pilot," as well as several online publications. She holds a bachelor's degree from Athabasca University.

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