San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego (must see)

The San Diego Convention Center is the largest and most used facility of this kind in the city. You will find the complex in the Marina District of town, within walking distance of Gaslamp Quarter, at 111 West Harbor Drive. It is managed by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.

It was constructed in 1983 on land that is owned by the Port Authority of San Diego. Upon entering, you may be amazed by the 615,000 square feet of space that constitute the building. It is the 24th largest such complex in North America. The designers were the Canadian architectural firm of Arthur Erickson. There is room for up to 125,000 people to attend an event here.

Take a look at the Sails Pavilion while there. The roof is made of Teflon coated fiberglass sails which pay tribute to the maritime history of the city. In 2011, a new bridge will connect the facility to other neighborhoods across the Harbor, and should make for quite a view of the city.

Why You Should Visit:
Great to be here for an event and good dining and hotels all around the area.

Tip:
You can take a long walk along the waterfront, or have a serious workout running its hundreds of steps!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-9:30pm; Sun: 10am-6pm

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Sight Map

Sight Name: San Diego Convention Center
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in San Diego, California

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Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter is a historical neighborhood established in 1876. It features 16 blocks of wonderful buildings, unique shops, amazing galleries and a wide range of restaurants. This tour highlights some of the most important tourists attractions in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
City Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 3.8 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km

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