Sunset view in San Diego Bay

Downtown San Diego Hotel

Things To Do

Explore the city’s top things to do with ease from our waterfront hotel near the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Located in the heart of downtown, Wyndham San Diego Bayside offers complimentary daily shuttle to the San Diego Airport and the city’s most popular attractions, including Seaport Village and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Sights, Sounds & San Diego Experiences

Balboa Park fountain with buildings at sunset

Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: 1.5 miles

Spanning 1,200 acres, this sprawling and historic park is home to the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as 17 museums, 10 spaces for the performing arts, lush gardens, playgrounds, restaurants, and more.

Old Town trolley  driving in San Diego

Old Town Trolley Tours

1050, N. Embarcadero, San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: .5 mile

Hop aboard at any of ten trolly stops for a two-hour narrated tour of San Diego’s most famous attractions, including Littly Italy, Petco Park, Horton Plaza Park, Seaport Village, and the Historic Gaslamp Quarter.

Old Town San diego with red roses

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

San Diego Ave. at Twiggs St., San Diego, CA 92110

Distance from hotel: 4.7 miles

Explore the early history of San Diego as two converging cultures transformed the city from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. Highlights include the Historic Plaza, a working blacksmith shop, and lively Mexican restaurants.

Petco Baseball Park San Diego

Petco Park

100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: 1.6 miles

Home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park doubles (on occasion) as a concert venue, nine-hole golf course, basketball court, and soccer stadium. The park offers beautiful skyline and bay views.

Little Italy neighborhood with sign over street

Little Italy

600 W. Date St., San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: .6 miles

This popular, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is packed with brewpubs, sidewalk cafes, and charming piazzas. Highlights include the Mercato Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, featuring 150 vendors selling fresh produce, gourmet goodies, and crafts.

Sea World San Diego sea turtles and schools of fish

SeaWorld San Diego

500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109

Distance from hotel: 6.7 miles

Endless thrills await at SeaWorld, a sprawling 189-acre theme park and marine mammal park featuring 26 animal habitats, 15 rides and rollercoasters, and dozens of live shows, plus touch pools and other interactive experiences.

Seaport village San Diego Bayside

Seaport Village

849 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: .8 mile

Take a fun, family stroll to this charming waterfront complex featuring shopping, dining, and sweet treats, as well as a hand-carved antique carousel, a resident balloon artist and caricature artist.

USS Midway personel directing an aircraft

USS Midway Museum

910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: 1 mile

Explore the storied USS Midway, a legendary aircraft carrier-turned-museum featuring exhibits about life at sea aboard a naval warship, flight simulators, and more than 30 restored planes and helicopters.

Maritime Museum sailboat in San Diego Bay

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Distance from hotel: .8 mile

Check out one of the country’s largest collections of historic and vintage ships at this waterfront treasure. Highlights include the still-seaworthy Star of India, a restored iron-hulled windjammer built in 1863.



Fairs, Festivals, And Favorite Events

San Diego Convention Center Comic Con

Comic-Con International: San Diego

For four days in July, the San Diego Convention Center is the setting this epic pop culture festival featuring cosplay, collectibles, film screenings, and workshops with comic book pros.

Padres baseball game and frosty beer

Padres Baseball Season

Spring ushers in baseball season and no team does it better than the San Diego Padres, who throw out the first pitch in March, on opening day in beautiful Petco Park.

Fireworks over downtown San Diego and San Diego Bay for Big Bay Boom

Big Bay Boom

One of the largest Fourth of July fireworks displays in the country, the annual Big Bay Boom brings more than a half-million spectators to the shores of San Diego Bay.

San Diego Crew Classic rowers in San Diego Bay

San Diego Crew Classic

Held on Mission Bay, the two-day San Diego Crew Classic is one of the country’s largest rowing regattas, bringing 100+ college and club teams to compete every spring.

San Diego County Fair ferris wheel

San Diego County Fair

The largest county fair in the U.S., the San Diego County Fair is held every summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in nearby Del Mar, California.

San Diego Bay and Wine Food Festival

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Foodies, celebrity chefs, and local restaurateurs gather for this weeklong November festival featuring dozens of events, including wine and craft beer tastings.

San Diego museum with sun setting

San Diego Museum Month

More than 40 San Diego museums team up to offer half-price admission every February in celebration of Museum Month.

Balboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park December Nights

On two special nights in December, Balboa Park comes alive with entertainment and activities, food and drink, shopping, and other holiday merriment.

San Diego marathon runners

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon

Lace up your running shoes for this high-energy sprint through some of San Diego’s favorite neighborhoods, kicking off every June in beautiful Balboa Park.