Note: The locations and activities are not coordinated by the NASPD but suggested by the hotel concierge. They are listed below as possible suggestions to consider while in San Diego. The information/photos above are from a variety of resources, including Trip Advisor, Yelp, Wikipedia, San Diego Real Estate, San Diego Visitor Information Center and others.
Awards Reception and Dinner at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
This is a United States Marine Corps installation that is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. It is best known as the former location of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, its TOPGUN training program and the movie of the same name.
Federal regulations require that NASPD submit the proper identification of all Awards Dinner attendees by Jan. 8, 2020. Anyone who does not provide this information during registration will not be permitted on the base. You will also be required to bring photo identification. Additional base rules and regulations are posted here (opens new window).
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
Bus leaves lobby at 5 p.m.
AquaVie Wellness Spa
AquaVie Spa reflects a modern, luxurious charm by incorporating the finest in results driven skin care and body treatments, designed to nourish, purify and restore balance. Enjoy time for replenishment, self-care and a bit of peace and quiet in an atmosphere dedicated to you. One Complimentary Champagne. Contact the spa directly to reserve a time, and be sure to mention NASPD for the member rates below.
Wed. – Sat., Feb. 5-9, 2020
9 a.m.- 7 p.m. M-F
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. S-S
NASPD Exclusive Rate
Deluxe Massage or Facial
50 mins $125 or 80 mins $165
USS Midway Tour
Walk the decks of American naval history with an independent shore excursion to San Diego’s USS Midway Museum. Visit an aircraft carrier that was the world’s largest, and whose career stretched from the end of World War II to Operation Desert Storm. Learn how 4,500 crew members made their home onboard the massive ‘city at sea,’ and get a glimpse of life below decks. Climb into the cockpit of a fighter plane, see the museum’s vast collection of historic aircraft then take off on a hair-raising flight simulator. Enjoy more than 60 exhibits, including the flight deck, galley and engine room. Select this optional activity during convention registration.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bus leaves lobby at 9:30 a.m.
$95 per person/NASPD member
There is nothing as spectacular or exhilarating as standing at the bow of your privately chartered boat, viewing the dazzling sight of San Diego's skyline. You feel pampered, privileged, relaxed and refreshed. It takes the art of entertaining to a whole new level. Introducing Aolani – one of the only sailing catamarans in San Diego. With 58 feet from bow to stern, Aolani will sail your group graciously over the bright blue Pacific! A spacious salon offers seating for 30 with 360-degree views. Amenities include BOSE sur-round sound system, and a 38” plasma television. Select this optional activity during convention registration.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bus will leave the lobby at 3:30 p.m.
$225 per person/NASPD member
Recommended Attractions to Explore on Your Own
Exceptional nightlife, dining and entertainment opportunities await you just outside of our hotel’s front door in the historical Gaslamp Quarter. The district is three streets wide, half a mile long with over 50 bars, 100 diverse restaurants, and 19th century architecture.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Welcome aboard the original Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego. Enjoy a thirty-two mile looped, fully narrated tour of San Diego and Coronado Island. Colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and historical information are combine into a fast-paced two-hour narrative that will both entertain and educate. Commence your tour at Horton Plaza and continue to explore select stops including Balboa Park, Old Town and Coronado, enabling you to create an adventure specific to your unique interests. When you are ready to continue, simply hop on the next trolley and your excursion carries on. Tours are daily starting at 9 a.m. and every 20 minutes thereafter. Last tour departs at 3 p.m. in winter, 4 p.m. in summer.
Embark upon a one or two-hour guided, narrated cruise with Flagship San Diego. See spectacular views of the downtown San Diego skyline, Coronado Bay Bridge, the US Navy fleet and shipyard, USS Midway, the Star of India and much more. Flagship also offers dinner and Sunday Brunch cruises as well as seasonal whale watching.
Five minute drive from downtown, this 1400 acre park is glittered with 17 museums and cultural destinations, art studios, lush gardens and the world renowned San Diego Zoo. Originally built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, today this enchanting park parades recognition as the nation’s largest urban cultural park and is consistently ranked among the Best Parks in the World for its notable architecture, history, horticulture, beauty and recreation. Open daily. Museums’ hours vary.
Take a step back in time to a setting of charming, turn-of-the-century architecture, winding paths, trickling fountains and an 1895 Looff carousel. Nestled alongside the beautiful bay, Seaport Village boasts over 40 one-of-a-kind shops and sidewalk waterfront eateries.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is no ordinary Zoo. Located in Balboa Park, the 100-acre space is a sanctuary for over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species, a landscape of rare plants from all climates. Fascinating exhibits include the Giant Panda Research Station and Discovery Center, Polar Bear Plunge and the Elephant Odyssey, in addition to a Children’s Zoo, an aerial tramway, guided tour bus and an array of shops and restaurants. Open daily 9 a.m. Closing hours vary by season.
A visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park) is an expedition into adventure. Featuring expansive open enclosures with herds of African and Asian animals, the Park is a unique experience that brings people thrillingly close to wild and endangered animals that have been intermingled within their natural habitats. One of the best ways to experience the destination is the Park’s Africa Tram Safari, a relaxing and informative open-air vehicle tour inspired by the legendary safari trains of Africa.
Celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld® San Diego. Experience thrilling rides, touch and feed dolphins, and get up-close to beluga whales, polar bears, sharks and penguins. Enjoy Blue Horizons®, a one-of-a-kind dolphin show. Immerse yourself in the all-new interactive Turtle Reef attraction, then see One Ocean – a brand new Shamu® show that explores the exhilaration of the sea, set to a global rhythm.
Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego is considered the “birthplace” on California. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. Today, historic Old Town is where you will find unique sidewalk shops, art galleries, museums, festive live music and some of the most authentic Mexican food this side of the boarder. A visit to Old Town ensures an endless fiesta!
Take a nostalgic 15-minute ferry ride across the bay to Coronado, or drive across the picturesque Coronado Bridge with panoramic views of the San Diego skyline. Wander across the island’s quaint village scenery to the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Relish in the pristine, white sand speckled beaches, consistently voted one of the top ten best beaches in the United States by the Travel Channel. Discover unique boutique and antique shopping, as well as several cafes and restaurants.