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San Diego - July 2014
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:09:14 AM »
Hello, Region 1!!!

I will be traveling to San Diego in July (tentatively 19-24) for a conference, but will have a bit of free time at least two of the afternoons/evenings and one whole day (planning to red-eye it back east on my last day).

I am looking for suggestions for things to do, places to see, restaurants to try, etc. I will be without wheels, so I'll either cab it where I'm going, hoof it, hit up public transportation, or some combination of the three. I'm staying on Harbor Island.

For my one full day, I'm torn between the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. Any thoughts?

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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 09:36:30 AM »
Between those two, definitely the zoo.

For drinks and eats, check out the gaslight district. It's walking distance from the conference hotels close to the water.
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 10:46:39 AM »
Agreed. Sea World is cool but the Zoo is a must. I used to live right at the top of Balboa Park and had a season pass to the Zoo. I was there a couple times a week and it never got old.

There is a ridiculous quantity of other stuff to do in the park as well.

http://www.balboapark.org/in-the-park

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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 10:58:14 AM »
Just an idea...Stone Brewing has a nice venue with a huge outdoor patio. 

http://www.stonelibertystation.com/

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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014, 11:07:52 AM »
http://www.midway.org/

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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2014, 11:51:08 AM »
The Zoo - hands down. And a +1 on Balboa park - San Diego Art Museum is there, the Old Globe theater, lots of stuff.

On Harbor Island there is Island Prime and the C Level Lounge (http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/islandprime) - definitely check it out. I'll even come and help with that.  8)
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 01:18:06 PM »
I'll even come and help with that.  8)

I'm counting on that!  :smiley_thumb:
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 10:13:40 PM »
I'd agree that the zoo is a far better way to spend a day than Sea World is.  The San Diego Zoo is the best in the world, but Sea World is mostly just a water-themed amusement park any more.

As to evening entertainment, the Gaslamp Quarter was mentioned.  It's more of a social place to go with others- it's all restaurants, bars and night clubs.  I've heard that it is the highest concentration of these types of business in the U.S.  It would take a special kind of person to enjoy that type of thing solo, but if you have somebody to go with, it's a great place to spend an evening. 

If you're into sailboats, quite a few past America's Cup boats are within a few blocks of your hotel, including the Stars And Stripes.  Simply walking along the harbor there on the island (a peninsula, really) is a nice way to spend an hour or two.
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2014, 03:28:56 PM »
http://www.midway.org/

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That was already on the list of possibilities for one of my free afternoons. If I land at 10:30 AM, I figure I'll be checked in and ready to venture back out by 12:00 given the proximity of my hotel to the airport. So I'm thinking Midway is a Day 1 afternoon adventure...hopefully with Island Prime that evening with viffergyrl;)

Just an idea...Stone Brewing has a nice venue with a huge outdoor patio. 

http://www.stonelibertystation.com/


That looks like a wonderful possibility for my Eastern Region colleagues and me one evening...a short cab ride away. Noted!

And thanks for all of the ZOO responses! That makes my final day easy to plan!

Oh, one more question...is there anywhere in San Diego bar/restaurant-wise that offers something that is quintessentially San Diego? For example, the National conference was in Minneapolis last summer. We found Brit's Pub and did "lawn bowling" on the rooftop deck, which is apparently a very big thing in Minneapolis?!? All I know is that we were outside, drinking beer, laughing, and launching wobbly balls...and it was a hoot! So if there's something similar in San Diego, I'd like to know about it.
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2014, 06:02:13 PM »
Well, you'll be here two months too late for the Over The Line tournament...
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2014, 12:34:09 PM »
Oh, one more question...is there anywhere in San Diego bar/restaurant-wise that offers something that is quintessentially San Diego? For example, the National conference was in Minneapolis last summer. We found Brit's Pub and did "lawn bowling" on the rooftop deck, which is apparently a very big thing in Minneapolis?!? All I know is that we were outside, drinking beer, laughing, and launching wobbly balls...and it was a hoot! So if there's something similar in San Diego, I'd like to know about it.

Revitalizing this thread a) to confirm my travel dates (19-24), b) to see if anyone has any suggestions for anything "quintessentially San Diego", and c) to see if anyone wants to meet up for a beer one evening. Viffergyrl and I have tentative plans for next Thursday evening.
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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2014, 01:17:49 PM »
Oh, one more question...is there anywhere in San Diego bar/restaurant-wise that offers something that is quintessentially San Diego? For example, the National conference was in Minneapolis last summer. We found Brit's Pub and did "lawn bowling" on the rooftop deck, which is apparently a very big thing in Minneapolis?!? All I know is that we were outside, drinking beer, laughing, and launching wobbly balls...and it was a hoot! So if there's something similar in San Diego, I'd like to know about it.

Revitalizing this thread a) to confirm my travel dates (19-24), b) to see if anyone has any suggestions for anything "quintessentially San Diego", and c) to see if anyone wants to meet up for a beer one evening. Viffergyrl and I have tentative plans for next Thursday evening.

The only quintessential San Diego thing in late July I can think of is avoiding the Zonies escaping the heat for a couple of days.

Enjoy your trip!

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Re: San Diego - July 2014
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2014, 01:24:31 PM »
Just an idea...Stone Brewing has a nice venue with a huge outdoor patio. 

http://www.stonelibertystation.com/


I've done the tour at the facility in San Marcos (North San Diego county) and eaten at the restaurant there. It's worth checking out!
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