What to Do in San Diego!

  •  Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions laid out among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park. If you are planning on visiting Balboa Park over the course of a few days, take advantage of the Passport to Balboa Park which includes one admission to 14 museums over 7 consecutive days. If you only have a day, visit the Visitors Center in Balboa Park for a Stay-for-the-Day pass that includes admission to 5 of the museums in one day. Visit www.balboapark.org/parkpass for details.

  •  With more than 70 craft breweries and several local wineries, San Diego takes their beverage producing seriously! Recently named the “Top Beer Town” in America, visitors can hop from breweries and pubs to restaurants and local bars, tasting the best suds the region has to offer. And with a mild Mediterranean-like climate, it is no surprise that wine grapes grow well in San Diego! San Diego wineries exist like hidden jewels along the coast, tucked into the fertile North Country farmland and amidst the rugged terrain of East County.

  •  Rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers that stand side by side, housing more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retails shops, as well as offices and residential/work lofts. Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is a veritable playground, rich with cultural offerings that include theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues, and museums in addition to a variety of restaurants and night life.

  •  Founded in 1916, the San Diego Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years. Located adjacent to downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the Zoo is 100 acres in size and is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world. Go to www.sandiegozoo.org for detailed information.

  •  Already been to the San Diego Zoo but still have a hankering to see more animals?! Then check out the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Located just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley, The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres have been set aside as protected native species habitat. Visit www.sdzsafaripark.org for more information.

  •  The USS Midway Museum is a real aircraft carrier and a once-in-a-lifetime memory for everyone! Create a once in a lifetime memory exploring the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century! Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates, by exploring galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters and the 4 acre flight deck. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations from the engine room to control tower, narrated by Midway sailors who lived or worked in each. Don’t forget to join us on the USS Midway for the Opening Reception on Wednesday night, included in the cost of registration! Visit www.aacap.org/AnnualMeeting/2014 for general registration information as well as details about the Opening Reception!

    For more information about other San Diego attractions, please visit: www.sandiego.org.