Things to do in Balboa Park San Diego
Fine restaurants, sun-drenched beaches, world-class shopping and attractions – it’s all just moments away when you stay at the Horton Grand Hotel.
Nestled along a charming street in the historic Gaslamp Quarter District, our elegant hotel is perfectly located for both leisure and business travelers. Stroll to amazing restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs or take a sightseeing tour on the Old Town Trolley. Unwind in the serene Balboa Park and then catch a Padres baseball game at Petco Park, located only four blocks from the hotel.
If you have any questions about area attractions or need assistance arranging tours or shopping excursions please do not hesitate to ask our friendly staff.
Here are a few of the many attractions and things to do that await you when you stay at the Horton Grand Hotel:
Horton Grand Hotel is ideally located for those who love to shop.
Horton Grand Hotel is ideally located for those who love to shop.
Discount outlets, indoor and outdoor malls, boutique shops and so much more can be found when you saty at the Horton Grand Hotel.
If you are in need of some serious retail therapy, Horton Grand Hotel is perfectly located to help set you on your way. With San Diego’s near perfect weather, shopping can be enjoyed outdoors throughout the year. With top luxury brands stores, large shopping malls, unique one-of a kind boutiques or small family owned shops, chances are grand you will find what you are looking for.
Major department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus, plus specialty shops, restaurants, even movie complexes will spoil you for choice.
Here are a few shopping options we like:
Westfield Horton Plaza
Walking distance from the Horton Grand Hotel: 0.4 mi, 9 mins (0.6KM)
Address: 324 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Shopping Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00am to 9:00pm Saturday:10:00am to 8:00pm Sunday:11:00am to 6:00pm
Westfield Horton Plaza, is a five-level outdoor shopping mall located in downtown San Diego and at the Horton Grand Hotel’s door step.
Remarkable for its bright colors, architectural tricks and odd spatial rhythms this lovely mall is a one of a kind beauty. It stands on 6.5 city blocks adjacent to the city's historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Countless shopping options await you here. Westfield Horton Plaza has 107 Stores, 23 different dining options plus a movie theatre to catch the latest block buster once you find time to slow down.
Macy's department store has over 129,50 sq. ft. of shopping to be had and Nordstrom’s has over 144,400 sq. ft.
Our recommendation is you plan to wear comfortable shoes.
For more detail visit the stores website here: http://www.westfield.com/hortonplaza/
Sea Port Village
Walking distance from the Horton Grand Hotel: 0.6 mi, 13 mins (0.9KM)
Address: 849 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Shopping Hours: Open Daily 10:00am - 9:00pm
With 50-plus diverse shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment, exploring Seaport Village is a great choice any day of the week.
Here are two key shopping malls that might just be worth your time:
Westfield Mission Valley
114 Stores to choose from
1640 Camino Del Rio N
Monday – Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Fashion Valley Mall
200 stores to choose from
7007 Friars Rd
Monday – Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 7:00pm
San Diego Padres and Other Exciting Sporting Events in San Diego
It's Almost Time for Baseball in San Diego!
Petco Park is home to the San Diego Padres, just a short walk from the Horton Grand.
We’ve Got Sports!
Qualcomm stadium—Home to the NFL San Diego Chargers football team is only a short drive from the Horton Grand Hotel.
Quick tip:You can avoid the parking challenge and take a quick trolley ride to and from the stadium. After the game you can enjoy the festive activities, win or lose, sure to be found here in the Gaslamp district. Enjoy the game, enjoy the night life right here from the Horton Grand Hotel.
San Diego State
The San Diego Padres
San Diego Sockers - Indoor Soccer
Women's Premier League
San Diego Surf
San Diego Sol Activities
Women's Tackle Football
San Diego Sting
Independent Women's Football League
So Cal Scorpions
Southern California Rugby Football Union
Old Mission Beach Athletic Club RFC
San Diego Gulls
Dining & Nightlife in the Gaslamp
Historic Gaslamp Quarter
The Horton Grand Hotel is walking distance to over 100 restaurants of all cuisines, bars and nightclubs. Whether you are craving fine dining, casual dining, family dining, or food-on-the-go, we'll help you find a place to match your style.
When the sun goes down, San Diego’s nightlife comes alive. The Horton Grand is in the Heart of Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.
The World Famous San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California and is only 2.7 miles from the Horton Grand Hotel.
The zoo has over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships. Most recently, the San Diego Zoo has added a new Koalafornia Adventure - providing an entire Australian experience of its native birds and animals. San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda.
The San Diego Zoo has had a love affair with giant pandas ever since two of the black-and-white bears came to visit in 1987. The zoo currently have four giant pandas—Bai Yun, Gao Gao, Yun Zi, and Xiao Liwu, born on July 29, 2012.
The pandas here in San Diego enjoy deluxe accommodations with larger exhibit areas and extra vegetation and climbing structures. You'll enjoy the newer exhibit area too, with its winding, elevated viewing paths that give great panda-watching opportunities of the two main enclosures.
Tours and Animal Interactions
See the Zoo like you never have before. Meet the animal stars up close, learn about the conservation work being done, see what goes on behind the scenes, or explore the incredible world-class botanical garden.
Enjoy activities that allow a more in depth understanding of the animals and conservation activities, with up close animal encounters, expert lectures, special activities for kids, and more.
Contact by phone:
San Diego Zoo: 619-231-1515
San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 760-747-8702
SeaWorld San Diego
Dive into the exhilaration of the sea in the all-new Shamu show called One Ocean®. The energy and spirit of the ocean envelops you in a multi-sensory celebration of life underneath the sea that entertains as it educates and inspires. Majestic killer whales join you on a journey into a world that drenches your senses in the vivid colors, vitality and global rhythms of the ocean. Dancing fountains set the stage as you connect with thrilling sea creatures and realize we are all part of one world, one ocean. Your soul is ignited as our worlds are united… and you realize that we all have the power to make a difference in this planet we share.
Public Transportation: SeaWorld is easily accessible by public transportation. For city trolley and bus schedules and routes please call (619) 685-4900.
Beaches & Parks In San Diego
The beaches are more than a boundary dividing land from sea, more than a place to swim or sunbathe. Enjoy surfing, sailing, biking, running, water skiing, swimming and diving.
Balboa Park is one of the most widely photographed destinations in San Diego, and for good reason: It’s simply stunning! Created in 1868 as a 1,200 acre overlook of the ambitious project that relocated San Diego’s business and political center to its current location, the lush landscaped beauty, with its art and cultural institutions and green-space is the largest urban cultural park in the United States and often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West.”
Want to play golf? Host of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, home of the annual Buick Invitational, headquarters to the biggest names in the industry and hailed by Golf Digest as, "one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world" - whether you're looking for ocean views or mountain vistas, Greater San Diego’s 90 courses create enjoyment for all skill levels.
San Diego Zoo's Safari Park
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, is an 1,800 acre (730 ha) zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. The park is in a semi-arid environment and one of its most notable features is the Africa Tram which explores the expansive African exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinos. The park is also noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the United States.
The park houses over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species, as well as 3,500 plant species.
ALL SHOWS ARE INCLUDED WITH PARK ADMISSION
Daily at 10:30 a.m.
Get an up-close look at free-flight bird training as birds prepare for the popular Frequent Flyers show. Located in the Bird Show amphitheater between Gorilla Forest and African Woods.
Elephant Keeper Talk
Daily at 1:30 p.m.
Come to Tembo Stadium in Elephant Valley to hear stories about our amazing elephant herd.
Frequent Flyers Bird Show
Daily at noon and 2 p.m.
Watch with delight as birds of various species show off their flying talents—with many soaring right over the audience! The feathered fun happens in the Bird Show amphitheater between Gorilla Forest and African Woods.
Daily at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting
Witness the fastest land mammal up close and personal doing what it does best: run!Cheetah Run, located near
Lion Camp, is a unique, jaw-dropping experience. The spotted sprinter races on a straight 330-foot-long track that allows the cheetah to really stretch its legs and reach an astounding speed: 0 to 70 miles per hour in just 4 seconds while chasing a mechanical lure attached to its favorite toy. If you're close enough, you may feel the wind as the cheetah passes by. Cheetah Run is made possible through the generosity of local philanthropist Darlene Shiley and is named in honor of Shiley, one of the participating cheetahs.
Animal Encounters, presented by Natural Balance
Check Park map insert for times and locations.
This interactive program gives you an opportunity to have face-to-face contact with the Park’s animal ambassadors like a cheetah, alligator, serval, and other rare and exotic animals. You may interact with trainers and ask questions about the species. Interactions happen throughout the Park.
Note: Schedules may vary or be canceled due to weather or animal health needs.
Hours of Operation
Open every day of the year, including all holidays.
Seaport San Diego Minutes from the Horton Grand
Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining complex adjacent to San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego, California.
A short leisurely walk from the Horton Grand Hotel, It houses more than 70 lovely appointed shops, art galleries, and eateries on 90,000 square feet (8,000 m2) of waterfront property. The Village contains several freestanding buildings in an assortment of architectural styles, from Victorian to traditional Mexican. It is designed to be a car-free environment, with four miles (6 km) of winding paths rather than streets connecting the various buildings.
Old Town Trolley-Stops in Front of the Horton Grand Daily!
For over 20 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best of San Diego. Hop aboard one of their trolleys and you'll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. With Old Town Trolley, you can avoid costly parking and city driving while exploring at your own pace as you hop on and off at your favorite stops. One stop is adjacent to the Horton Grand.
Known as “America’s Finest City”, San Diego offers a wide array of things to see and do for visitors of all ages. Let Old Town Trolley show you California’s second largest city, where blue skies, exciting attractions and 70 miles of beaches come together to create a vacationer’s paradise. For over 20 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best San Diego attractions. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. With Old Town Trolley, you can avoid costly parking and city driving while exploring at your own pace as you hop on and off at your favorite stops.
Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to see the city, highlighting the best San Diego Attractions, with 11 stops and more than 100 points of interest.
For your convenience a trolley stop is located on the corner of the Horton Grand Hotel (Island & 4th Ave)
It's Better On A Bike Tour
This is no ordinary tour (unless you live here). City Cruser will show you San Diego the way San Diegans like to see it. Pedal your way through the city streets and hear why San Diego is called America's Finest City.
If you have a group of 10-14 or simply want to join a group tour, you will find it is just better on a bike.
From team building events, bachelor/ette parties, pub craws to wine tasting and corporate events. City Cruiser will plan the right tour for you and your group and help deliver a perfect one of a kind experience.
Call them at 619-800-4555 for more information.
San Diego's Activities & Attractions
San Diego is packed with world-famous beaches, exciting activities, theme parks and all kinds of attractions for kids, adults, and the whole family.
San Diego is home to many of California’s top tourist spots and with San Diego’s close proximity to Anaheim it also makes for an easy day trip to Disneyland. With Sea World and the San Diego Zoo only a few short minutes away, the Horton Grand Hotel provides the ideal location to see and do it all.
San Diego is one of the top-ten best climates in the Farmer’s Almanac and is one of the two best summer climates in America as described by The Weather Channel. San Diego’s climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters so come join us for the fun and the sun!
Fun fact: San Diego, California is rimmed with seventy miles of beaches. Come enjoy all that San Diego has to offer with us here at the Horton Grand Hotel.