Top 10 Things to Do In or Near the Gaslamp Quarter
There’s no better way to cool down and take in the views than with a trip to San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Enjoy 12 acres of interactive fountains, themed gardens, play zones and picnics areas for the whole family to enjoy.
Balboa Park boasts 1,200-acres of gardens, shops, museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. After walking up an appetite, enjoy one of the many scenic restaurants within the boundaries of the park.
Within Balboa Park, you’ll find the world-famous San Diego Zoo, home to more than 3,500 animals and 650 species. If you’re looking to explore the zoo, be sure to set aside 3-5 hours and say hello to the Giant Pandas.
Lounge At the top of the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, 22 stories up, you’ll find a rooftop bar with one-of-a-kind views of San Diego. Take your nightlife experience to the next level by catching a Padres game right from the bar’s outdoor patio.
Home to the San Diego Padres, Petco Park is a venue known for baseball, concerts, and events in the heart of downtown San Diego. Gather the family, enjoy your favorite ballgame foods and embrace the San Diego weather at Petco Park.
Picture yourself taking in the San Diego sights as you sip on your favorite beverage aboard Hornblower Bay Cruises. See some of the best places this city has to offer, including Seaport Village, Coronado Island, and the Cabrillo National Monument.
The San Diego Bay is a serene place to relax, play and capture that Instagram-worthy photograph. Whether you’re riding bikes or embracing activities on the bay waters, you’re sure to get a breathtaking view of America’s finest city.
Embrace the San Diego weather while you shop for delicious and unique local finds at the Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market. More than 200 tents stretch across five blocks from Kettner Boulevard to Front Street every Saturday in the heart of Little Italy.
Spend the day taking in history along San Diego’s waterfront. Start off with a visit to the famed USS Midway Museum, followed by a photo with the Unconditional Surrender sculpture along the walk to Seaport Village. Further down the waterfront, you’ll find the San Diego Maritime Museum which houses one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels, including the Star of India, the oldest ship still regularly sailing. For more information on the USS Midway Museum.
Go back in time at Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California. Learn San Diego’s history from a series of preserved historic buildings and museums from the 19th century, then chow down at one of Old Town’s authentic Mexican restaurants.