There's a hell of a lot of construction and building going on right now in SD, and I think for the better. A lot of art deco, really creative houses and beautiful apartments. Wander around the area between the Gaslamp Quarter trolley stop and the Seaport trolley stop. It's peaceful, away from anything touristy, devoid of shops and very interesting.
Named after John D. Spreckels a sugar magnate, construction was finished in August of 1912 to service patrons with 1,915 seats. Designed to be earthquake and fire proof and built with the state of the art heating system. It was considered to be nicest theater on the west coast and was constructed to be acoustically perfect for its day. Harrison Albright designed the theatre in baroque style. Emil Mazy created the beautiful enormous painted domed ceiling. There is a large mural over the stage decorated with two angels sprinkling a horn of plenty and the ancient sea god Neptune. The four smaller medallions featured motifs of Air, Water, Fire, and Earth. Above the box seats are two gorgeous sculptures by Charles C. Cristadoro. The lobby is just as impressive with wonderful onyx columns and such beautiful motifs along the ceiling and walls.
Located at 121 Broadway, Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101
Ticket Information: (619) 235-9500
Look at this big tree on my picture which grows in a yard just by somebody's house - nothing interesting? - look at the next picture.
I found this tree inside someone's yard - just walk around huge residential areas and look around !
Take the elevator to the 40th floor to get to the Top of the Hyatt lounge (the tallest spot in downtown San Diego) and survey the terrain. You can stand at the hall windows without spending a penny—but hey, there’s a bar right there with high-backed club chairs. Why not stop for a drink and plot your next stroll?
The Star of India, located on the waterfront near downtown, does not have the natural appeal of a zoo or Sea World. It is, however, an interesting and educational historic ship which reveals the hardships that travelers faced at the turn of the last century, and in the days of the clipper ships. While we were visiting, the ship had a pirate exhibition that did capture the imagination of my young boys.
Horton Plaza is not exactly a shopping mall but that is closest thing I can compare it to. It is part indoor and part out door with lots of walkways and bridges. It is an easy place to get lost in... I did. Horton Plaza is down town near the GasLamp Quarter.
Seaport Village seen from the Ferry. I liked the way that Old Town, Sea Port Village, Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy each seemed to have their own style. All these places in the same city but each one is very unique.
The building in the back ground is the Convention Center. My wife went to a conference there and said it was huge. The top of it looks a bit like the sails of a sailboat. It looks good in this picture with a real sailboat.
There are cute little parks hiding around downtown San Diego. TweetStreet Park is a thin strip park on the hill overlooking I-5 just north of Date Street in Cortez Hill neighborhood (head to the El Cortez Hotel, then drive north on 7th or 8th or 9th Avenue and you'll run right into it). There is a wiggly concrete walkway lined with trees and benches; bird houses tucked all over the places, and there are 2 sections with brightly colored fake fire hydrants for the dogs along with a good little playground on the east end of the park.
You can see the planes line up on their final approach to Lindberg Field (they don't fly over this place, but pass it to the north). At the cul de sac to the east there are east-facing benches where you can sit and watch the planes line up right at you before veering off to the left as they get closer. Pretty cool... and pretty quiet most of the time.
Seaport Village is a nice village along the bay.
They have many shops and resturants to vist. Get there early to aviod the jammed pack parking lot.
They have a nice walk along side the Seaport village that you can take in the views of the bay and skyline.
If you get hungry and want some good pizza or just italinan food, find, Asaggio. Good price and good food. They have a nice patio that you can sit at and watch the water traffic on the bay.
This is a single-screen theatre home to independent and foreign films. Located in Kensington, Ken Cinema is a welcome sight in San Diego, especially in the evenings.
Warning though. The ladies' bathroom is horribly small. I dare any one who can fit in the stall closest to the door.