What to Do, Eat, and See in San Diego!

  • The AACAP Local Arrangements Committee has put together a mouth-watering list of their favorite restaurants! Don't see what you're craving on the list? Stop by the hospitality desk to ask for more recommendations!
  • 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. 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.

  • Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, Cabrillo National Monument is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources as well as beautiful views of the entire San Diego metropolitan area and Coronado Island.
  • 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. Learn more about San Diego craft beer. 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. Learn more about Temecula Valley Wine Country.

  • Movie buffs will enjoy grabbing some barbeque and a beer at the classic Kansas City Barbeque. Used for two scenes in Top Gun, when you arrive you can do your best impression of Goose and Maverick belting out "Great Balls of Fire" and try not to shed a tear when you think of the "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" scene.

  • 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.

  • Just steps from both the Manchester Grand Hyatt and Marriott Marquis & Marina are shops and restaurants at The Headquarters and Seaport Village. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch in between sessions, a souvenir to take home, or just a pleasant walk along the water, both The Headquarters and Seaport Village are outdoor entertainment areas for casual enjoyment.

  • Professional football fans can check out the San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, October 19 at 1:05 p.m. Tickets start at just $52.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Interested in traveling to Mexico? AACAP highly recommends reviewing the U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Information before crossing the border.

  • 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 Welcome Reception on Wednesday night, included in the cost of registration!

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