Midway

Midway is centrally located near popular attractions! Enjoy rides at Belmont Park, and wildlife at the San Diego Zoo & SeaWorld. Spend a day on the water jet skiing, kayaking, and sailing or visit nearby Old Town, PETCO Park and the Cabrillo National Monument. Patronize a local brewery or café.
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Welcome to Phils BbqPechanga Arena in Midway

The San Diego lifestyle is built around an abiding love of water: the vast Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, Mission Bay and even the tidepools found on Point Loma. Visitors feel the seductive pull of glistening blue water whether seen at sunrise, on a noonday excursion or during a pause in the day’s activities to witness a stunning sunset.

For many visitors to Southern California, Midway San Diego nudged up against Mission Bay, is a good staging area to enjoy a host of water sports activities, a visit to adjacent SeaWorld San Diego or a day of shopping, dining and exploration on Point Loma.

Once part of the San Diego River delta, the area called Midway was known as Dutch Flats in the early 1900s. The Ryan Aeronautical Company used a dirt airstrip here on which Charles A. Lindbergh tested the aircraft he later flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Plaques honoring Dutch Flats and Lindbergh are now housed at the local post office.

Today, Midway is composed of small industrial businesses, several strip malls, strip clubs that developed because of the nearby military bases, and car rental companies as well as long-term parking lots due to Midway’s proximity to San Diego International Airport.

With SeaWorld San Diego close by, modestly priced lodging is also available here. Sports fans enjoy hockey, soccer and lacrosse at the area’s largest venue, the Pechanga Arena. Rosecrans Street is the main thoroughfare that connects the area to Point Loma. However, because it is located next to the junction of Interstates 5 and 8, Midway is easily accessible from all parts of San Diego.

Midway is in the beginning stages of a major redevelopment plan. That area that was formerly called the San Diego Sports Arena, now called Pachanga Arena San Diego, is going to be completely redeveloped to include condos, shopping all centered around the sporting arena. The cost of the project is expected to cost over $1 billion once it is fully complete.

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Stay in Midway and you’ll be close to SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park, PETCO Park and the Cabrillo National Monument. Jet skiing and sailing nearby!

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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Explore the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum with your All-Inclusive Go Pass! Check out the hangar deck and flight deck, plus over 60 exhibits, displays and interactive experiences. Enjoy an authentic tour narrated by Midway sailors!
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What attractions are included with a Go Pass?

Attractions that you can visit with a Go San Diego Pass include:

The San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium, SeaWorld, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Harbor Cruise, USS Midway Museum, the NAT Museum, Whaley House, PETCO Park Tour, iFLY San Diego and many, many more!

Things to Do

Belmont Park
Belmont Park
Cabrillo Nat. Monument
Cabrillo Nat. Monument
Jetskiing
Jetskiing
Kayaking
Kayaking
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Petco Park
Petco Park
Sailing
Sailing
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego

Appreciating Mission Bay

Officially known as Mission Bay Park, this popular destination for lovers of water sports is located minutes from downtown San Diego. No matter what kind of water-related activity you have in mind—paddle boarding, sailing, jet skiing, kitesurfing, water skiing or boating—you can indulge your preferences here.

You can also enjoy the bay from the deck of the Bahia Belle, a sternwheeler modeled after a mid-19th-century riverboat that takes passengers on cruises, often with musical accompaniment. Although the vessel sails between the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, cruises are not confined to registered guests but open to the public as well. A trip on the Bahia Belle is a great way to see Mission Bay, which at 4,235 acres, is the world’s largest aquatic park.

Are you more into nature than water sports? The waters and shoreline of Mission Bay provide natural habitats for many kinds of fish, marine mammals, invertebrates, plants and birds. An early morning stroll along the shore can be rewarding for nature lovers. Don’t forget your camera.

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Did you know?
A portion of the the movie 'Almost Famous' was filmed at what was then called the San Diego Sports Arena. This arena is now called Pachanga Arena San Diego.

Enjoying SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego, long a favorite Southern California attraction, has evolved in tune with public expectations over the years. Today this park with its signature orcas and other marine animals also offers rides to thrill younger visitors, from the Tidal Twister, a horizontal infinity loop coaster, to the more sedate and family-friendly gondola ride.

Up-close-and personal experiences with animals like the bottlenose dolphins are a treat for everyone in the family. Fun and education go hand in hand when becoming acquainted with harbor seals, walruses and beluga whales, those fascinating marine mammals that always seem to be smiling.

At SeaWorld, you can not only enjoy open water exhibits but also specialty displays like the Sea Otter exhibit and the Orca Encounter where you can view killer whales as they glide and cavort under water.

You can save on tickets to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other major attractions in San Diego by purchasing the Go San Diego Pass. This pass will gain you discounted entry into places like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, most museums in Balboa Park, the USS Midway and even gear rentals like surfboards and paddle boards. You can save an additional discount if you purchase the Go San Diego Pass via our website.

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San Diego Harbor Cruise
San Diego Harbor Cruise
$28 per person
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The World Famous San Diego Zoo
The World Famous San Diego Zoo
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PETCO Park Tour
PETCO Park Tour
$22 per person
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
$55 per person
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Exploring Point Loma

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo became the first European to set foot in California. In 1542 he sailed into San Diego Bay and his arrival here is commemorated at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. From this vantage point, you will find an unparalleled view of the bay, downtown San Diego and Coronado Island in one direction, and the open sea in the other. An added benefit of visiting this section of Point Loma is that you can also visit Old Point Loma Lighthouse and the Point Loma Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument in the rocky area located below the monument. The best time to explore the tidepools is about two hours before low tide in the fall and winter months.

Point Loma is steeped in history, but some of that history has been revised with the development of Liberty Station in the area that used to be the Naval Training Center (NTC), San Diego. The first Navy recruits began training here in 1923. Expansion through World War II and beyond included the building of new facilities featuring handsome Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. After the Cold War ended, activity at the Naval Training Center began to wind down and the NTC closed in 1997.

Today, Liberty Station is a hub of activity where visitors can find shops, restaurants and the Liberty Public Market, a public market and event venue open seven days a week.

When visiting Point Loma, you may want to take detours to Harbor Island and Shelter Island.

Harbor Island is a strip of real estate only two miles long, but it is home to hotels, marinas and restaurants that are visitor favorites. Park the car and go for a brisk walk or jog while you enjoy the view of San Diego Bay and the city skyline.

You will find hotels and restaurants on lovely Shelter Island as well, but this is also a major boating center where people can moor their yachts or purchase the latest designs. If you drive to the end of the island, you will see a large bronze bell within a pagoda-like structure. This was a gift from Yokohama, Japan, in 1958, when Yokohama and San Diego became sister cities.

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Maritime Museum of San Diego
The San Diego Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum of San Diego is famous for restoring, operating and maintaining historic boats from all around the world. The museum provides daily public tours of their collection of ships.
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Discovering New Delights

Nature-loving residents and visitors alike make time to enjoy Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a recreational area of 68 acres. Sunset Cliffs is located between Ocean Beach and Point Loma, and the park along the shoreline with its picturesque cliff formations offers some of the most spectacular views of the blue Pacific—and awe-inspiring sunsets—that you will find anywhere.

If you are into amusement parks, you won’t want to miss a visit to Mission Beach on the ocean side of Mission Bay. Here you’ll find Belmont Park with its Giant Dipper roller coaster. In Mission Beach, you can also wander along the oceanfront boardwalk and check out the surf shops, cafes, beach bars and nightclubs.

From the Mission Bay area, a drive of just a few minutes will also take you to California’s first settlement, Old Town San Diego, a colorful, historic destination that offers boutique shopping, dining and a taste of old San Diego history all in the Mexican style. Enjoy a margarita along with your enchiladas for lunch and fortify yourself for strolling through the dozens of shops or visiting Ramona’s Marriage Place, a famous adobe home built in 1827, or the reportedly haunted Whaley House.

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Four Points by Sheraton San Diego - SeaWorld
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Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, Four Points by Sheraton San Diego - SeaWorld can provide you with convenience, comfort & modern amenities.
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Seeing More of San Diego

Both Mission Bay and Point Loma are minutes from downtown San Diego, and you will not want to miss the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful city and the surrounding area. There are two easy ways to do this: Take the trolley or sign up for one of several hour-long harbor cruises.

On a Hornblower cruise, you’ll see the USS Midway Museum, the beautiful Star of India, Point Loma, the spectacular Coronado Bridge and much more, all from the perspective of San Diego Bay. For further exploration, the San Diego Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley offers convenient pickup times and several stops throughout the city.

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