Hello NAR Annual attendees! Ready for the conference? There will be no shortage of education sessions, demos, and more—but for those of us trying to squeeze in a good dose of San Diego itself, here’s a list of attractions to pencil in while you’re in town.
See “The Art of Music” at the San Diego Museum of Art
If you’d like to see an original Picasso during your trip, the San Diego Museum of Art can deliver. This exhibit explores the relationship between music and art while paying tribute to the centennial of Balboa Park. Including both works from the museum’s permanent collection and private collections, “The Art of Music,” features artists such as Chuck Close, Rufino Tamayo, Henri Matisse and others. In total, there are over 200 works of art on display–from musical instruments to paintings to sound art to contemporary video. Learn more here.
Lions and Tigers and Pandas, Oh My: The San Diego Zoo
Those two friendly creatures above? They live at the San Diego Zoo. Comprising more than 100 acres, the zoo is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals, and is especially committed to animal welfare: Its conservation organization, San Diego Zoo Global, has assisted in reintroducing 33 species back into the wild and has helped support the rise in the giant panda, Caribbean iguana, and California condor populations. You can learn more by visiting the San Diego Zoo’s website.
Step Back in Time in the GasLamp Quarter
What do you get when you cross historical Victorian architecture with contemporary dining and nightlife? San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. This attraction is particularly well-suited for NAR attendees as it’s mere blocks from the San Diego Convention Center. Filled with rooftop bars offering stunning views of San Diego Bay and downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter boasts more than 100 pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and shops, as well as symphony halls, museums and galleries.
Personally, we recommend strolling over after the conference and winging it–but if you’re more of a pre-planner, here’s our picks:
- Looking for a laugh? The American Comedy Company will get you chuckling.
- If you’re craving fine Italian food and charming ambiance, de’Medici is your place.
- Café Sevilla: Part tapas bar, part Spanish restaurant, part nightclub? We’re in.
- Staying in town past the weekend? The Gaslamp Museum at Davis Horton House offers architectural tours, self-guided house tours, and…a ghost walking tour.
Beauty and the Beach
Need we say more? From rocky terrains to smooth sands to tiny tide pools containing sea creatures, San Diego’s 71 miles of stunning coast offer up views of the sunset and a quiet place to unwind after the conference. To learn more, take a look at this guide to San Diego beaches.
See you at NAR Annual! We hope whether at the conference or out exploring town, you have a wonderful time in San Diego.