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Things to see and do in San Diego

Places to visit and dine when you're in town for the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo

Balboa Park
Photos: San Diego Tourism Authority

Have some time to check out the sites and the eats in San Diego? Here’s a list of places to start! For more information on what to see and do in the San Diego area, go to

To learn more about the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, visit the event website or Safety+Health's online guide.


Balboa Park – the nation’s largest urban cultural park – features museums, performing arts centers, gardens and carousels that provide hours of entertainment.

1549 El Prado
(619) 239-0512

Ride and play games at Belmont Park, San Diego’s iconic beachfront boardwalk. The area has an amusement park, restaurants, shops and more.

3146 Mission Blvd.
(858) 488-1549

Just a short stroll from the San Diego Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter is packed with dining, entertainment and shopping. Nestled in a beautiful historic district, the quarter has nightclubs, art galleries, spas and more. Want a tour? Sign up to see the sights on a Segway.

Along 5th Ave., from L Street to Broadway
(619) 233-5227

Deemed one of San Diego’s most popular destinations, Old Town has more than 30 restaurants and 75 shops. Grab a copy of the Old Town San Diego Guide magazine from your hotel to plan your day in the oldest neighborhood in San Diego. Don’t forget to pop into the Whaley House Museum, America’s most haunted house!

(619) 656-4721

Looking to take in a ballgame? Head downtown to Petco Park to grab a hot dog and watch the San Diego Padres play the St. Louis Cardinals (Sept. 20-22).

100 Park Blvd.
(619) 795-5555
Padres schedule

Just north of downtown San Diego sits the world-famous San Diego Zoo spread over 100 acres and home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals. The zoo has more than 800 different species, including elephants, pandas, polar bears and more.

2920 Zoo Drive
(619) 231-1515

Seaport Village features an abundance of activities at the harbor. In between shopping at the numerous stores and dining at the 14 casual eateries or three fine-dining restaurants, take in the entertainment of dancers, bands and magicians along the waterfront.

849 W. Harbor Drive
(619) 530-0704


Grab breakfast, lunch or brunch at the Broken Yolk Café. Its website boasts “bold new creations” including gravy-smothered country benedict and its signature breakfast burrito. The café also features the standards if you aren’t feeling adventurous.

355 Sixth Ave.
(619) 338-9655

The Firehouse. Its website boasts “bold new creations” including gravy-smothered country benedict and its signature breakfast burrito. The café also features the standards if you aren’t feeling adventurous.

722 Grand Ave.
(858) 274-3100

Highly recommended by Safety+Health Associate Editor Kevin Druley is The Fish Market. The “fresh from the sea to your table” restaurant offers patrons seafood, an oyster bar, poke and sashimi, and even a retail market to purchase food to take home.

750 N. Harbor Drive
(619) 232-3474

Another recommendation from the S+H team! Associate Editor Barry Bottino says to head to Hodad’s Downtown to grab a tasty burger, sandwich or more. Making your way to Petco Park? You can find Hodad’s inside the stadium as well.

945 Broadway
(619) 234-6323

Looking for some Italian food? The Old Spaghetti Factory has got you covered. You even have the opportunity to dine in a trolley car!

275 Fifth Ave.
(619) 233-4323

Just looking for a small bite? The Nolen is the place for you. Located on the 14th floor of the Courtyard Gaslamp, the lounge offers rooftop views, bar bites and craft cocktails.

453 Sixth Ave.
(619) 796-6536

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