Downtown San Diego, is the county’s live-work-play capital, where government, business and condos converge.
History: San Francisco merchant Alonzo Horton moved the center of the city from Old Town to downtown in 1867. Things boosted in the 1880s with the arrival of the rail service and then busted. In the 1920s and after WWII, boom times returned. Postwar suburbia emptied downtown and redevelopment efforts have since produced new housing and attracted the startup tech companies.
Landmarks: Horton Plaza Park, site of many famous speeches and demonstrations opposite of the historical U.S Grant Hotel. The 1912 Spreckles Theater was built by tycoon, John D Spreckles. The city and county administration buildings are located on Pacific Highway and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938. We have one of the largest national convention centers that hosts some of the largest events in the nation such as Comic-Con. The famous Balboa Park is nearby with many historical and monumental museums are housed there.
Things to Do: Take a harbor tour from the Embarcadero. Check out the USS Midway Museum at Navy Pier. Walk around the marina and grab an ice cream or lunch inside Seaport Villages. Walk around Waterfront Park and soon The San Diego Symphony will having performances inside The Shell, our largest outdoor venue.