Located right along the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Museum lends deep insights into naval aviation and one of the important chapters of American history. The museum is home to the iconic USS Midway, which has been one of the country's oldest aircraft carriers. A famed naval museum in the United States, it also shelters an arsenal of other significant carriers, most of which were crafted in Southern California. The museum is complete with simulators, myriad deck exhibits and the stirring Battle of Midway theater. The museum has also been a host to an array of private, media and sporting events.
Fun for adults and kids, this museum-on-water is the focal point of San Diego's historic Embarcadero Promenade. Comprised of several painstakingly restored historic ships, it is a tribute to the sea-faring age. One of the ships showcased at Maritime Museum of San Diego is the Star of India (1863), a stunning vision that graces the coastline as the world's oldest actively-sailed, square-rigged ship.
One of the most important ballparks of Major League Baseball (MLB), Petco Park is a baseball fan's haven and the base of the San Diego Padres. Its unique architectural layout is an ode to the region's geography and its natural allure. The framework of the stadium resonates of the surrounding peaks while the steel edifice and enclosing structures are designed like canyons. Landscaped with indigenous plants and featuring a lush area picnic hill, this magnificent stadium boasts to have the best seats for not only sports lovers but also concert goers.
This bar is housed in the oldest building in the Gaslamp Quarter. Come and mingle with beautiful people and groove to either live music or a DJ with tunes from the 1970s through the 1990s. Hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and a 40-foot long mahogany bar give a touch of elegance and class. There are three levels, all offering a large number of beers and delicious cocktails.
The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in California. A bi-national museum, its mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits. The museum strives to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. Between exhibits on dinosaurs and the Arctic to mammoths and the Titanic, this museum is sure to interest the old, young and everything in between.
San Diego's anthropological museum is home to 70,000 artifacts, folk art and archaeological finds from all over the world. With mummies and ancient carved monuments, the treasures inside the San Diego Museum of Man are abundant but the building itself is also a San Diego treasure and city symbol. The California Building with its tile-capped tower was designed in 1915 by Bertram G. Goodhue and reflects a whimsical "California Mission" style of architecture. Exhibits inside explore the culture and lives of ancient civilizations of the Inuits, the Mapuche, and the Mayans among others.
If you wish to enjoy power-packed live music then the Music Box is your place to be. This fantastic club has a very busy calender with performers like Robert DeLong, Julieta Venegas, David Cook and Ginuwine entertaining local music fans. The venue is simply impressive with a massive LED screen that gives you a great view of the stage and the artwork that surrounds this place puts you in the right mood for the evening that is yet to follow. There is a bar on site that has all the necessary arsenal to keep you in high spirits throughout the evening. Music Box also has VIP rooms along with an intimate lounge for after-show drinks.
Plush as it may be, The Delta Room of House of Blues also exudes a cozy attitude. Serving as a venue for various social gatherings and receptions, this hundred to two hundred capacity hall flaunts a beautifully done interior that speaks of great taste. Comfortable seatings and a fireplace add up to the elegance factor. Apart from that, Delta Room is also well equipped on the technical front and serves as a complimentary venue to Music Hall, for here arrangements are made for the guests to enjoy live performances taking place in the latter through state-of-the-art live screening system. Setting a perfect balance between style and technology, The Delta Room is a venue to watch-out.
Originally built in 1924, the historic Balboa Theater has now been beautifully restored to its former glory. The place, originally operating as a movie theater was shut down once but was opened again to the public in January 2008. If you are a lover of beautiful architecture and the performing arts, this place will surely charm you. The theater building is heavily influenced by the Spanish Baroque style of architecture. A number of concerts and live performances are held at this 1399-seater theater.
The distinguished El Cortez Apartment is a remarkable hotel in San Diego, California. It was constructed from 1926 through 1927. A distinct feature of this site is that it was the tallest building in San Diego when it was established. One of the most glamorous apartment hotels in San Diego, it occupies great historic importance. It is a fine example of the Mission/Spanish Revival style of architecture. It is a great avenue to plan and execute lavish weddings. It also arranges for corporate event needs with superb spacing and food facilities. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.