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Attractions Near San Diego Convention Center

Located less than one mile away from the San Diego Convention Center is the USS Midway Museum, which is home to more than 60 exhibits. The ship also features 27 aircraft and boasts itself as the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier. Visitors take a self-guided tour of the ship and visit the private quarters, jail, cafeteria and post office of the ship. Guests can easily spend four hours browsing the museum, going on the flight simulator, watching short films and talking to docents.

Also less than one mile away from the convention center is Petco Park, where many baseball games are played each season. Not only do the seats offer great views of the ballgame, but they also offer spectacular views of the city of San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo is four miles away from downtown and features an assortment of exhibits, shows and backstage events. Guests are treated to shows featuring a variety of animals and a 4D show with special effects. Backstage pass and inside look tours allow visitors to see the business behind the zoo in a new light.

SeaWorld is another popular location, less than eight miles from San Diego Convention Center. The amusement park features several rides, including a wild rapids ride and a few roller coasters. There is also a Sesame Street area with rides and attractions just for children. There are shows featuring sea lions and killer whales. In addition to turtle, shark and tide pools exhibits, the park also features a penguin encounter where guests can touch a penguin.

Visitors to the area who are more adventurous may enjoy taking a trip out to sea with a La Jolla Kayak tour. Situated 12 miles from the convention center, this business allows guests to book tours to explore the coast. Kayakers in San Diego often see dolphins, sea lions and other sea animals. This center also offers a snorkeling tour, giving guests the option to see a wide variety of animals, such as leopard sharks. The sunset tour gives visitors the opportunity to watch the sun in its final moments from the sea.

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