The RIMS annual conference in San Diego is just around the corner. While you're in San Diego for this huge event, make some time to see what this active city has to offer. San Diego is a premier tourist destination in Southern California and it offers a myriad of attractions and activities - something for everyone, no matter their interests.
The RIMS convention is right around the block from the Gaslamp Quarter. Its Victorian-era streets offer shopping, dining, theaters, and art galleries. The Gaslamp Quarter boasts some of the city’s best restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs. This historic area is comprised of 16 blocks and is said to be the heart of San Diego's nightlife. Bring a good pair of walking shoes to enjoy your wanderings.
The night scene
For the best in nightclub experiences visit Omnia San Diego, recently renovated to match it's sister club in Las Vegas. Vin De Syrah is a hidden gem - an underground wine tasting experience inspired by warm brasseries of turn of the century Paris and New York's "meatpacking district". At Vin De Syrah, you will find amazing cheeses, desserts, craft beer, soothing rhythms of live jazz, and a friendly wine list. As for dining, just a few of the restaurants in the area worth a visit include Cafe 21, Searsucker, and Ocean Pacific Grille.
Baseball at PETCO Park
RIMS is not the only thing going on in April! Baseball season is beginning and PETCO Park is home to San Diego's own team, the Padres. If your stay extends to the 15th or 16th of April you can sit and watch the Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks at bat while you enjoy the concessions.
Just across San Diego Bay you can see Coronado. Take a stroll on a beach that is consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the US. This charming little town is home to Hotel Coronado, a historic landmark built in 1888. Make sure to take some time to relax and take a leisurely stroll on this beautiful beach, which is great for swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers. The beach has a beautiful silvery sheen because of the presence of mica and is very flat which makes it perfect for walking and skim boarding.
Step aboard the USS Midway and take a tour on one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in America. You can view over 25 restored aircraft, 60 exhibits, and take a self-guided audio tour which brings the ship's history to life! This aircraft carrier is a true floating city at sea and our exhibits range from the pilots ready rooms to a massive gallery, engine room, the ship's jail, their post office, the crews sleeping quarters and much more.
Whale and Dolphin Tours
Experience something remarkable while in San Diego and go on an amazing ocean excursion in search for dolphins and whales. Adventure RIB Rides is one of the top ocean excursion companies in San Diego. Take a look at the video below of the amazing scenes you could experience.
Within 5 miles of the convention center is the famous San Diego Zoo. Walk the grounds or catch one of their unique wildlife tours. The zoo will celebrating its 100th year and you can purchase tickets for $50. View some of the experiences you could enjoy!
This area houses not only the zoo but many other great attractions. There are tons of museums, gardens, performing arts centers, and recreation areas. Visit the miniature railroad, golf complex, or hike one of the many trails. Balboa Park has 1200 acres of endless fun.
This wondrous attraction is within 10 miles of the convention center. Sea World has many aquariums, shows, and even a few rides to enjoy, but prepare to get wet! Watch their famous Clyde and Seamore show, or check out the Ride to Atlantis. There are also many exhibits for you to enjoy so make sure to make a day of it!
If you want great shopping, Fashion Valley Mall is the largest in San Diego and one of the largest in all of California. It contains over 200 stores and is just 10 miles away in Mission Valley by Hotel Circle. Check out the mall map and look for your favorite outlet!
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