Local Attractions

2019 AAPOS 45th Annual Meeting with ISA

AAPOS 45th Annual Meeting

March 27–31, 2019 | San Diego, CA

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Explore San Diego's Best Museums & Cultural Attractions

Balboa Theatre - Recently named in the top 15 of the “World’s Most Spectacular Theatres” by CNN Travel, Balboa Theatre is a 1,339 seat contemporary performing arts venue located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Ph: (619) 570-1100

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House - Take some time to explore the oldest standing residence in the Gaslamp Quarter, dedicated to preserving and promoting the architecture, culture, and history of this neighborhood. Check out the ghost tour for an eerie look inside the house. Ph: (619) 233-4692

Legoland - This Lego-filled park offers visitors more than 50 rides and attractions. Cool off at Pirate Shores, spin around in Bionicle Blaster, become part of the action during a 4-D racing movie, or hit The Big Shop to purchase all of your favorite Legos. Ph: (877) 376-5346

Little Italy - When craving pizza, spaghetti, homemade gelato or any other authentic Italian cuisine, head to this Downtown San Diego neighborhood filled with patio cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries, shops and all things Italian.

Old Globe Theater - Comprised of three venues including an outdoor stage, this classic theater has housed numerous Tony Award-winning shows, musicals and plays that are produced annually in San Diego. Ph: (619) 234-5623

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - Located in Balboa Park, this science museum and planetarium is home to Southern California's only IMAX® Dome Theater and has over 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages to discover the powers of science. Ph: (619) 238-1233

San Diego Museum of Art - Located in Balboa Park, this museum exhibits collections ranging from impressionist paintings to pop art. Be sure to visit the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden and sit in on a poetry reading. Ph: (619) 232-7931

San Diego Symphony - Get lost in the sounds of this classical musical orchestra, as the San Diego Symphony performs over 100 times annually - a mainstay in the community since its first concert in 1910. Ph: (619) 235-0804

San Diego Zoo - Known for its animal conservation and education, this world-renowned San Diego attraction showcases more than 3,700 animals from around the world. Explore the rainforest aviary and get a good laugh as Dr. Zoolittle “talks” to the animals. Ph: (619) 231-1515

Sea World San Diego - Encounter whales, sharks, and dolphins at this oceanarium and marine mammal park. Committed to the conservation of marine life, experience amazing animal encounters and thrilling rides like Journey to Atlantis® and Shipwreck. Ph: (619) 222-4732

Maritime Museum of San Diego - From sailing and commercial fishing to expeditions and naval missions, Maritime Museum of San Diego has galleries that represent them all. Board the 1914 Pilot for a cruise or relive 1870 as a crew member on the Star of India. (619) 234-9153

Mission San Diego de Alcala - Founded in 1769 Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first of 21 to be established in Southern California. This mission was most industrious, converting 1405 people to Christianity, and harvesting from 50,000 acres. (619) 283-7319

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Opened in 1855, this majestic lighthouse stood watch in San Diego Bay for 36 years and is an iconic San Diego attraction. At a height of 462 feet, Point Loma’s light was the highest in the nation during its time. (619) 557-5450

Old Town San Diego Historical Park - Old Town San Diego features five authentic adobes at this village that includes a museum, restaurants and shops. Take a guided walking tour to learn about the Spanish-American War and the Gold Rush. (619) 220-5422

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum / U.S.S. Midway - Learn about the U.S.S. Midway’s 47 years of service, from World War II to Desert Storm. Experience naval life as you explore the 60 exhibits and 24 vessels housed here. Try out one of three flight simulators. (619) 544-9600

San Diego Natural History Museum - Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Natural History Museum is a fun place to visit for kids. Check out the insects in the Backyard Monsters exhibit, where robotic bugs, 11 feet high and 22 feet long, loom over visitors. (877) 946-7797

Popular San Diego Activities and Day Trips

America’s Cup Yachts - For a unique way to explore the San Diego Bay and its stunning scenery, channel your inner sailor on one of these incredible racing yachts and board either a harbor cruise or take a whale watching excursion. Ph: (619) 255-4705

Balboa Park - Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre jewel located in the heart of San Diego with seemingly limitless activities, from the San Diego Zoo to the San Diego Natural History Museum. The Park is just 3 ½ miles from our hotel. (619) 239-0512

Cabrillo National Monument - Named for explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, this National Monument commemorates his sail into San Diego Bay in 1542. Walk the 2 ½ mile Bayside Trail, spotting flora and fauna, visiting the tidepools and looking for gray whales. (619) 557-5450

Coronado Island - Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and come play at the silvery white sand beaches of Coronado Island. Spend time browsing shops and boutiques. Then relax while dining at one of Coronado’s fabulous restaurants. (619) 437-8788

Mission Bay Park - Encompassing over the 4,235 acres, Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. Launch your boat at Ski Beach, sail your model yacht on the pond, or rent a kayak for the day. (619) 525-8213

Morley Field - Not your typical golf course, shake things up and try a round of disc golf at Morley Field, where players throw a disc or Frisbee into holes around the course and gather with friends or family. Ph: (619) 692-3607

Petco Park -Catch a fly ball from one of the Padres baseball players at this open-air downtown stadium featuring breathtaking views of San Diego. Its innovative design inspires a timeless tradition, mixed with local food and beverage offerings and premium amenities. Ph: (619) 795-5000

Sailing - Climb on board one of the two fastest mono-hull sailing boats in the world - Abracadabra and Stars and Stripes – for an exciting 2 ½ hour sail. Opt for a harbor tour or whale watch excursion.

Torrey Pines State Reserve - Torrey Pines State Reserve is a quiet refuge in northwestern San Diego offering a variety of fun things to do. Check out endangered birds, hike the trails, watch paragliders take flight and snap pictures on the beautiful oceanfront cliffs. (858) 755-2063

San Diego Shopping

Gaslamp Quarter - Vibrant and buzzing with energy, this historic district is home to eclectic art galleries, chic couture shops, and innovative houseware boutiques. Take a break from shopping at stylish urban restaurants and wine lounges.

Westfield Horton Plaza -Moments from our hotel, this San Diego shopping mall satisfies bargain hunters and fashionistas like. Meet friends for lunch and do a little shopping at Nordstrom, Macy’s and more. (616) 239-8180

Westfield UTC - Stroll through this outdoor mall that offers a variety of stores like Zara, Nordstrom, and Crate and Barrel. Grab a bite to eat and then head over to ArcLight Cinema to watch the latest blockbuster movie. (858) 546-8858

Fashion Valley Shopping Center - Explore hundreds of luxury stores at this high-end San Diego mall, which features 18 restaurants and a cinema in a lively outdoor setting. Indulge at designer boutiques like Gucci and Tiffany’s. (619) 688-9113

Seaport Village - Boasting a breezy waterfront setting and vintage atmosphere, this open-air shopping destination is located steps from our hotel. Stroll the walkways to discover one-of-a-kind shops, bay-view restaurants, and a hand-carved carousel. (619) 235-4014