Things to do in Downtown

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown, San Diego

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  • rjpontour
    Margate, UK85 contributions
    Wow, simply stunning, great exhibits on board, a retirement ceremony with lots of top brass on the deck which was a bonus to watch, the gift-shop is a little pricey, but you have to visit when in San Diego
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • teresadoyle1
    New Albany, MS62 contributions
    We went to this ball park on our Old Towne trolley tour. It is a beautiful structure and it is easy to get to!
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Mandy
    Atlanta, GA2 contributions
    I have been at Little italy with my firends few months ago, it is really an amazing place. people are nice and food is amazing.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Libbie64
    Colorado Springs, CO45 contributions
    We love spending time in this area each time we visit San Diego. Along the bay is a beautiful walk and there is much to do. We have taken the ferry at Broadway Pier across the bay to Coronado, visited the USS Midway museum, walked through the shops at Seaport Village, and had dinner at Brigantine Portside Pier where we had a table outside with a view of the incredible sunset. The Sea of India is gorgeous at night with all of the lights. Highly recommend!
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • erint968
    3 contributions
    beautiful area for walking, nice views, would like benches to sit and enjoy ocean like some other beaches in mission bay.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • ebony195
    New York City, NY33 contributions
    The waterfront is a beautiful place to walk, eat and shop. A great place to spend an afternoon and.have lunch at one of those restaurants with those great views. There is a lot to see and do at various price points. Great view of the Coronado Bridge.
    Written 14 June 2022
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  • Hari A
    Delta, Canada632 contributions
    Some dangerous looking cliffs. Stand at the edge and you can feel the waves caressing the hill below your feet. Great scenery and a great hike. If this does not tire you, spend the day at the Torrey Pines Golf course across the road!
    Written 17 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Tiberiu_Baranyi
    Timisoara, Romania7 734 contributions
    In 2022 - another year with the C-19 pandemic - traveled once more to San Diego to attend APEX - 2022 , the world largest event for the electronic industry.
    Rules enforced at the convention center - proof of vaccination, or tests , face mask on premises and distancing - dependent on your choice.
    Entrance on only 1 door where you had to show always proof of vaccination.
    Overall they did a good job from this perspective.
    Facility was great , as always , clean meeting rooms , very clean restrooms, the main ballroom setup with distanced tables and the food served was also very good.
    Escalators and elevators were working at every point - so access was easy everybody.
    Parking underneath the building - so you could park your car with ease if you were driving to the event.
    Or a train station right across the street if you were using San Diego public transportation.
    Clearly marked easy to access drop off/pick up points for those using ride sharing services.
    Overall a great place to host any big size event , even in times like this ... if you have doubts attending an event here , I would say just go , you'll have a great time at a great venue.
    Written 9 March 2022
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  • Brenda M
    8 contributions
    SO many boats. As a boat lover, this was one happy camper!! Or sailor!! The history behind it all was so interesting. What an amazing place!
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • themurrayfamily
    Sheffield, UK308 contributions
    An entertaining and education museum/gallery/play zone which our 4 and 2 year olds thoroughly enjoyed. We spent a good few hours here with a break for lunch. There was lots to do and some things you don't get to do everyday - like paint a car, clamber all over art installations etc. I'd recommend a visit if you have young children.
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • Beth K
    Shawnee, KS1 613 contributions
    I love a great beach and this one was good. The beach itself is nice, clean, and contained a few seashells. I enjoyed walking under the pier at low tide on the rocks.

    What I didn't like was all of the druggies surrrounding the area. The pot smell was at times unbearable and I thought smoking marijuana was illegal in public places. That was a turn-off for me. I saw several people that were so high they were stumbling around.
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, CA2 472 contributions
    Architecture is very 60s-70s. Just looked it up and built in 1965.
    Long wide rows of seats without aisles. Comfortable seating for about three thousand. Acoustics are ok but certainly could be improved….I sat in lower loge on the rail. I saw “the band visits” last night to about 75% capacity. Masks are required and vac cards checked…I felt safe and comfortable.
    It’s has a good lineup postpandemic of plays coming thru town so San diegens are lucky.
    Written 5 March 2022
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  • vagabondginger
    Alicante, Spain1 315 contributions
    Very colorful rainbow area of San Diego but everyone is welcome everywhere. Nicest friendly people live here. There's many good restaurants and bars and thrift shops. On Sunday is the big Farmers Market. Always lots of action on the sidewalks as it is a place to strut your stuff and fashion and be seen by some but all in a good fun way.
    There's a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods and buses that go downtown or to Balboa Park. Very eclectic neighborhood.
    Written 7 August 2021
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  • raymS1571ZG
    Palm Springs, CA63 contributions
    We saw the Gladys Knight performance at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park on the Embarcadero last evening. What an incredible venue with excellent acoustics, sound system, lighting and overall ambiance. We've been season ticket holders at the Embarcadero for years and was looking forward to this new venue. What a wonderful addition to the San Diego community. Thanks to all the donors and workers who made this possible for us to enjoy. We look forward to the remaining performances for the season. And, the food selection is so much better in the Marina Section - and the restroom facilities are a vast improvement. Again, what an incredible experience in this venue.
    Written 9 August 2021
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  • GlobalGypsy_13
    San Diego, CA2 687 contributions
    This small museum on a downtown corner tells the story of the Chinese in San Diego through objects & a courtyard garden with sculptures and a koi pond; at 9 a.m. on Saturdays all are welcome to a free Tai Chi/Qi Gong class.. There's also an active monthly lecture program at a nearby building and a special exhibit in the annex across the street. The fun dragon show just closed (Jan. 2020) and next up is Chinese children paintings. Admission includes all 3 venues. There's a small gift counter in the annex and metered street parking. For a memorable cultural experience head to the Gaslamp area in downtown San Diego.
    Written 2 February 2020
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