Don’t get lost in the Gaslamp while attending ESRIUC, get the Gaslamp Map! In case you need help finding your way around the Gaslamp Quarter during the conference in July, this fabulous resource from BallparkGIS will help guide you to all the popular restaurants, bars, lounges, night clubs and hotels. Updated annually for several years now, the San Diego Gaslamp Map is based on local knowledge and shares all the must consider places to hit in the Gaslamp. The map is available as a high-res PDF that you can keep in your pocket, or you can consult the live webmap created in ArcGIS Online. Note: while at ESRIUC don’t forget to drop by the GEO Jobe booth to say hi!
Notable recent updates and additions:
- a highlight is Striders on J St and 2nd Ave! It is an awesome sports bar with good food and a nice craft beer selection. It also has off-track-betting which is a first in downtown in San Diego.
- Another place we know will be crowded is 1919! Another sport bar, this time on 5th. It used to be Nicky Rottens.
- Here is a little gem, it’s called The Market Hall! It’s a gourmet market on Market between 8th and 9th. Really cool! Great “home made” meals and sandwiches if you want to grab a bite to go. There is also a great wine and cheese selection there.
The Gaslamp Map project is created by Martha and Jim Rogers of San Diego’s BallParkGIS (recall Glenn did a Geogeekincars drive with Martha in 2016)
Go to www.gaslampmap.com to download the new 2-sided PDF map!
Access the Gaslamp Map via an ArcGIS Online web application
Note: the creators of the map have also produced an ONLINE map of the Breweries in San Diego county
Looking for more ideas for things to do in San Diego?
The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier – You can go on board for a fee
Here’s a list of 10 fun and free activities that guests in San Diego can enjoy during the summer months:
- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego offers year-round free admission to guests 25 and under with valid ID at both its downtown and La Jolla location as part of its effort to engage youth in San Diego’s global art scene.
- Bike, walk or jog along Mission Bay Aquatic Park’s many trails. Outdoor exercise enthusiasts share more than 20 miles of scenic paths winding through sunlight and shade near the shoreline with workout courses at planned stations along the route.
- Experience all the Liberty Station ARTS DISTRICT has to offer by attending a free Friday Night Liberty art walk on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing historic district that once housed the Naval Training Center. Visitors can start at the information desk in the Dick Laub NTC Command Center and pick up a monthly program and district map.
- Check out the local craft beer scene during free tours and events at many of San Diego’s breweries including free tours by appointment at some Karl Strauss Brewpubs and free movie night events for guests 21 and up at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. Beer lovers can download a free brewery guide map of San Diego’s more than 120 breweries.
- Go scuba diving or snorkeling off San Diego’s shores to see spectacular creatures of the sea. La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove offer some of the clearest waters on the California coast, as well as miles of protected underwater preserve to explore. While in La Jolla, catch a magnificent Pacific sunset and watch sea lions play along the shoreline at the Children’s Pool.
- Witness the living legacy of California’s birthplace in Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego’s first “downtown.” The six-block park features 12 acres of Mexican lore and historical sites presented in shops, restaurants, museums and several carefully preserved or restored adobe and wooden buildings. Free “Living History” tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
- Soak up the international flavor at the House of Pacific Relations in Balboa Park during the freeInternational Cottages’ Lawn Programs. A different country is celebrated each Sunday through October with ethnic foods, songs and dance.
- Head to the historic Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside on June 11-12 for the Annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow. Hosted by the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, this event draws tribal members from all over the United States for a dancing contest, Native American arts and crafts, games and food.
- Take a free public tour of the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the seaside neighborhood of La Jolla. Outdoor walking tours, including historic buildings along the Pacific coast, are offered monthly and are free, but registration is required.
- Put on your bathing suit, grab your towel and head to one of San Diego’s 30-plus beaches, all open to the public, and perfect for body surfing, boogie boarding, building sandcastles, collecting seashells and basking in the sun.