Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center
660 G Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 238-4100
Fax: (619) 238-5310
The Black Historical Society of San Diego hosts tours such as the Harlem of the West Tour and the Down Town African American Tour. The Black Historical Society of San Diego offers the largest group of collections and others holdings of any black historical society in the United States. The Society also holds various photos and documents to help people in their research, as well as an independent black film collection, DNA testing, and much more. For visitors, the Society offers the Mabel Rowe gift store, which sells Afro-centric arts and figurines, as well as other items to celebrate African Americans’ rich San Diego heritage. - Erick Pettersen
Old City Hall is the symbol of a beautiful Florentine-Italianate architectural style building. True to its name, it stands stylishly in the heart of Gaslamp District. Originally a two-story building, it has now become a four-storeyed one and also has a Public Library and government offices situated within the building. Check out the Old City Hall to catch a glimpse of the architectural genius of man.
The Louis Bank of Commerce was housed in a fantastic four-story building until the end of 1893. The building is very well recognized by the signature twin rising towers and it is also the city's first building made from granite. All in all, the Louis Bank of Commerce is an excellent example of the Baroque Revival architecture. However, now at the same place stands an oyster bar which is a favorite amongst the locales.
East Village, the largest district in downtown San Diego, has gone through some major redevelopment in the past decade. The Ballpark district has seen rapid construction since 1992 and is now transformed from an unsafe and deteriorated area to a modern, urban neighborhood. The development project was focused at preserving the areas historical sites along with constructing sleek and modern buildings. The area now features large playgrounds, parks, restaurants, a museum, huge parking space and much more. The residential project has been highly successful and has managed to attract a lot of investors and buyers.
This 1850 saltbox-style house, one of the city's original homes, now serves as the Visitor's Information Center for the historic Gaslamp District. Self-Guided Museum tours are available for a donation of $3 per person. There are also Gaslamp Guided Walking Tours every Saturday at 11a for a regular admission of $8. Detailed maps of the district are available at any time.
The Central Library is a part of the San Diego Public Library and is a state-of-the-art facility. This beautiful nine-story structure with a domed terrace, high atrium and a sculpture garden is indeed a place to visit even if you don't like books. It features a reading room, kids zone, computer stations, study rooms, exhibition spaces, a 350-seat auditorium and a charter high school.
National League Champions in 1998, this professional baseball club has been playing ball in San Diego since its minor league beginnings nearly 50 years ago. Today, the team plays from April through September, with some pre and post-season games in late March and October. A summer's day in San Diego is complete after a fun outing to watch the home team. Games played in the Mission Valley area at Qualcomm Stadium. Traffic on Interstate 15 and Friars Road will often back up on game nights. Hence, avoid the area if you're not attending.
Home to the San Diego Padres, this state-of-the-art baseball park is one of the league's treasures with world class facilities, beautiful views of the city and comfortable seats for 42,000 fans. Besides baseball, Petco Park is used for many civic events like fireworks, picnics, and concerts.
The San Diego City College is a community college established in the 1940s. The college boasts a 56-acre campus that includes about 40 buildings. The co-educational college offers courses in diverse fields of education. Students are also encouraged to be part of the college newspaper, The City Times, and other events that the college host throughout the year. This includes the Annual International Book Fair, Health and Safety Fair, World Cultures Program and more. The Saville Theatre at the City College is venue to various performing arts events and jazz concerts.
Stop to smell the roses, all 2,200 bushes of them! This rose garden in Balboa Park is home to 178 varieties. April and May offer the best season for viewing, but flowers are in bloom anytime between March and December. With free admission, the award-winning garden offers beauty, tranquility and an incredible variety of rose scents. It is no surprise that this rose garden is the most popular spot for weddings in the entire Balboa Park.
St. Joseph Cathedral is a quaint Roman Catholic church that is located in the heart of San Diego, at Downtown. The religious site owns various ministries, programs and Parish groups to perform charity works in the city. One may also receive sacraments at St. Joseph Cathedral for important events like baptism and wedding. Along with the routine prayer services, the cathedral also holds special workshops encouraging participants to probe deeply into the scriptures and history behind such revelations as the Gospel of Saint John.
Embarcadero Marina Park North is located just behind the Seaport village and is at the end of Kettner Boulevard. It is a favored picnic spot with beautiful landscape and trees around. There are many festivals held at the park from the Wine festival, where wine lovers from all over the world gather and enjoy the food and drinks, to the Fine Art Festival. The events held at this scenic venue gives a very different experience. There is ample parking space in the area and you can also conveniently reach the park on the MTS Trolley, the local transportation facility in San Diego.