We’ve made several suggestions about things to do in San Diego, but here are a few attractions near the hotel in case you have time to wander out during the conference:
Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding murals. Chicano Park, located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, has over 70 murals painted on bridge and flyover columns as well as ramps and retaining walls depicting a wide variety of social, political, cultural, and historical aspects of past and present struggles of Chicanos/Mexicanos. “…a seamy underbelly of massive gray concrete freeway ramps and pylons re-imagined by muralists as dazzling public art.” Chicano Park was added to the Historical Landmarks Registry, designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board in March 1980.
Over the past year (June 2011-June 2012) through the Chicano Park Mural Restoration project, 18 of the murals have been restored and revitalized by the original artists and/or their designees. The project was recently awarded the 2012 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award (Cultural Landscape) given by the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board.
Chicano Park Samba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1He6ElE0CU.
New York Times: A Resilient San Diego Barrio.
The park is located under the San Diego-Coronado bridge on Cesar Chavez Blvd. between National Ave. and Logan Ave.
To Get There: Catch the southbound Route 11 bus at 10th Ave and Park Blvd (Petco Park) to Logan Ave. and Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy. (Chicano Park). Or take the blue line trolley towards the Barrio Logan station. For alternate routes, go to http://sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp.
Four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping, Seaport Village offers dining, shopping, and entertainment. Shop hours vary.
To Get There: Walk North along the Promenade. It’s about a 15 minute walk.
For a wonderful view of the harbor and downtown San Diego, take the Coronado Ferry. It’s $8.50 for a round trip fare, and the ride itself takes about 15 minutes.
To Get There: Ferry leaves 200 yds north on the Promenade at 5th Avenue Marina, behind the Convention Center.
Built in 1943 and commissioned in March 1945, the USS Midway was active in Vietnam and the first Gulf War, and is the “longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.” Decommissioned in 1992, the Midway opened as a museum in 2004. Today, the museum consists of 60 exhibits, including the galley, engine room, machine shops, the ship jail, and much more; as well as 25 restored aircraft and several flight simulators. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Last admission at 4pm.
To Get There: Walk North along the Promenade, beyond Seaport Village. It’s about a 20 minute walk.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship Star of India. The collection of ships and exhibits are available for daily public tours. 1492 North Harbor Drive; 9am to 8pm.
To Get There: Walk North along the Promenade, beyond Seaport Village. It’s about a 30 minute walk. Or take the orange line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot station. For more info, go to http://sdmts.com/Tripplanner.asp.