Things to Do in San Diego

November 30 - December 3, 2020 | InterContinental Hotel | San Diego, CA USA

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No matter what your interest is ... sun, surf, history, festivals, or music ...  San Diego has a lot for you to explore. San Diego has earned several top rankings by U.S. News and World Report as an ideal destination:

#1 for Family Spring Break Vacations
#2 for Best Places to Visit in California
#3 for Best Weekend Getaway

Here is a highlight of a few things to do in a city that is just brimming with activity and amazingly beautiful weather. Make your plans now to discover some new adventures in America's Favorite City during your stay for IFPED 2020!


Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park full of open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths. It contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.







Shelter Island

Even though it called an island, this isthmus is home to an impressive array of art including:

Tunaman's Memorial, a bronze sculpture by Franco Vianello, dedicated to the tuna fishermen who were once a vital part of the San Diego economy.
Yokohama Friendship Bell, a large bronze bell housed in a pagoda structure, a gift from San Diego's sister city of Yokohama in 1958.
Pacific Rim Park, created by noted artist James Hubbell at the southwestern end of the island, it is centered on a bubbling fountain called Pearl of the Pacific.

Take a Ride Along Highway 101

Conquer the Pacific Coast Highway and discover the roots of Southern California's beach lifestyle. From the charmed beach communities of Oceanside to La Jolla, you will find this lifestyle cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world. This famed highway runs directly along the Pacific Ocean for 790 miles, from San Diego all the way to the Oregon, with 70 miles of the historic highway is in San Diego.



Explore a Spanish Mission

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in The Californias, a province of New Spain. It was founded on July 16, 1769, by Spanish friar Junípero Serra. Missionary monks began their chain of 21 missions throughout California. Today, two missions and two assistencias can still be found in San Diego.

 Old Town San Diego Historic State Park

Located in the center of Old Town, you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch a different era come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century.





Gaslamp District

Immerse yourself the rich Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs, and dance the night away at this unforgettable destination. Tucked tightly into 16½ blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walkable urban playground located in Downtown San Diego adjacent to the Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza.



USS Midway Museum

Explore one of America's longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century and experience life at sea when you visit the USS Midway.  Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, this interactive museum showcases San Diego like you have never seen before. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and explore all this historic aircraft carrier has to offer including flight simulators, climb-in aircraft, ejection seats and cockpits ... and more.