How to do Downtown San Diego in a Day

May 27, 2015

We know that rest days for teams are rarely spent lounging on the beach. While a great option, most teams are itching to go out and explore the city. After all, San Diego was chosen because of weather, beach and great tourist attractions.

So for that day you want to explore neighboring San Diego, here are the top recommendations to fit into a day.

USS Midway Museum

With proud military roots, San Diego offers several ways to celebrate the men and women who serve our country. One of the most unique is the USS Midway Museum.  This floating museum showcases over 50 years of maritime history. With fascinating audio tours, 29 restored aircrafts and museum docents (volunteer guides who served on the ship), this will be an engaging group activity.

Make sure to plan ahead and get discounted group tickets!

Maritime Museum 

Just north of the Midway is the Maritime Museum there is a world-class collection of historic vessels docked along the boardwalk. There are 11 in the fleet, ranging from the Star of India to the HMS Surprise. Several of them take day jaunts out in the bay, but there will always be some docked for viewing.

Gaslamp Quarter Sign

Whether or not you want to explore the Gaslamp quarter depends greatly on your desire to shop and hit different restaurants. But, checking out the historic sign and classic gas lamps lining the streets are a must. It’s even better at night when everything is lit up. 

Seaport Village

This fun area is great for just old-fashioned exploring. Start walking along the boardwalk. Here you’ll run into face painters, artists, street musicians and more. This gem is right along the water, giving you a front row view to one of the many San Diego marinas filled with a variety of yachts.  Combine this with over 50 shops and there will be something for all your team members. 

Check out their calendar to see what outdoor entertainment will be happening during your visit.

Extra Time Bonuses 

Extra time to explore? Great! San Diego offers an endless supply of activities. The top two recommends for extra time are Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Both are a 30-minute walk from downtown. While tempting, don’t try to do both in a day.

Should a little availability show up in the calendar, we highly recommend fitting at least one of them in. 

San Diego Zoo

In case you haven’t heard, our zoo is kinda world famous. Whether that is because it houses over 3,700 animals or because of all their adorable baby videos, we’ll never know. Regardless, the zoo is well worth a visit. The zoo done well is about 3 hours.

Balboa Park & Museums

Exploring Balboa Park is like taking a step back in time. Revel in the architectural brilliance inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival design. Have one of the eight different gardens brighten your day. Discover the hidden stories from our past as you delve into one of the 15 diverse museums. Balboa Park is a unique and beautiful world just waiting to be discovered.

Balboa can be explored in an hour or a day depending on how in depth you want your visit. 

Transportation Made Simple

No need to go through the hassle and expense of renting out a bus to get around. Transportation couldn’t be simpler than the ferry. This 15-minute ride gives guests a stunning view of both the San Diego skyline and the Coronado Bridge. And, with stops at both the Convention Center and USS Midway Museum, it’s perfect for doing the tourist thing.


If you are looking to plan group activities throughout your stay, check out our recommendations. If you want to learn more about how affordable hosting your team’s training camp in sunny Coronado, CA can be, contact us today. We have special packages designed to help make the logistics simple.

You’ll be basking in sunshine before you know it!