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Hilton Bayfront pedestrian bridge Petco Park

With Opening Day behind us, baseball season is in full swing. And if you’re a baseball fan, San Diego is calling your name! From a state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of downtown to memorabilia collections and sports bars galore, San Diego is the perfect baseball getaway for any fan of America’s favorite pastime.

Petco Park – Home to the San Diego Padres

Petco Park - Baseball Getaway

Petco Park is always the perfect destination for a baseball getaway

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, offers baseball fans the chance to catch a game in a remarkable downtown stadium featuring stunning architecture and landscaping, superb sight lines and convenient public transportation access. When it comes to dining, the park also offers much more than your standard stadium hot dogs and brews. Local favorites like Phil’s BBQHodad’s Burgers, Ballast Point Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co. and Lucha Libre Taco Shop offer authentic tastes of San Diego while you take in a game.

Baseball Memorabilia Collections

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The San Diego Central Library is home to the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center.

Opened in September 2013, San Diego’s new central library next door to Petco Park features a permanent exhibition that no baseball lover should miss: the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center. Displaying photos, memorabilia and more, this is the largest and most comprehensive baseball research center in the U.S. outside the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

After checking out the library’s collection, head over to the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The nation’s largest multi-sport museum boasts three levels of memorabilia spanning 68,000 square feet.

East Village Tavern & Bowl

Lanes - East Village Tavern & Bowl

A different kind of strike: the East Village Tavern and Bowl

If you’re looking to get active after a ballgame, East Village Tavern & Bowl near the ballpark offers will quench all your thirsts with a full-bar and restaurant adjacent to its bowling lanes. With lanes open until 2:00 AM, East Village Tavern & Bowl is a favorite nightlife hangout for locals and visitors alike.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Hilton Bayfront pedestrian bridge Petco Park

Take the pedestrian bridge to get directly from the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel to Petco Park in no time at all.

After all that sporting excitement, you don’t have to travel far from the stadium to rest your head. The 1,190-room Hilton San Diego Bayfront nestled along the waterfront connects to Petco Park via a beautiful skybridge. In addition to views of the ballpark, the 30-story hotel features panoramic views of the bay and downtown San Diego.

Enter to Win a Baseball Getaway to San Diego

Want a chance to experience all this in San Diego? Enter our San Diego Double Play Sweepstakes, and you could win round-trip airfare for two, tickets to a San Diego Padres game, a three-night stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, a round of bowling and dinner at the East Village Tavern & Bowl, and passes to Balboa Park. Enter before April 7, 2014 for a chance to win!

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San Diego Padres Home Opener and More Top Things to Do – April 9-14, 2013

This week in San Diego, enjoy America’s favorite pastime with a baseball game during the San Diego Padres home opener week and/or one of these other top things to do:

San Diego Padres Home Opener Week

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It’s not spring in San Diego until the first pitch is thrown at Petco Park. Here’s a rundown on what’s going on this week during the San Diego Padres Home Opener week:

East Village Association Opening Day Block Party

Join in with locals to celebrate the San Diego Padres home opener as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Enjoy a Stone Brewing Beer Garden, live entertainment, DJs, tastes from local restaurants, food trucks, local artisans and businesses, and live broadcasts of the ball game from local radio stations.

> Find out more about the East Village Association Opening Day Block Party

Home Opener Series – Padres v. Dodgers – April 9-11, 2013

To open up the 2013 home games, the Padres will take on their bitter rivals, the LA Dodgers. If you are lucky enough to have tickets, I would suggest wearing Padres brown or the free opening day t-shirt. Home opener starts at 3:40 PM PST.

> Find out more about the Padres v. Dodgers Home Opener Series

Padres v Colorado Rockies – April 12-14, 2013

After the home opener series, the Padres are set to beat the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. Snag tickets to the Saturday game and receive a free Chase Headley Bobblehead.

> Find out more about the Padres v. Colorado Rockies series

Dining Before and After the San Diego Padres Home Opener

So many options! You could grab a beer at the Mission Brewery located a block away from the stadium or you could try one of these dining options around Petco Park. Also check out UT San Diego’s rundown or Eater San Diego’s exhaustive review of dining in Petco Park.

Spring into Night at SeaWorld San Diego

Shamu Rocks at SeaWorld

Shamu Rocks at SeaWorld

This Saturday, SeaWorld San Diego will stay open late so you can enjoy all your favorite attractions by day and then stay late to enjoy the nighttime killer whale rock ‘n’ roll show, Shamu Rocks.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Date: April 13, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
> Find out more about Spring into Night at SeaWorld San Diego

Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Kids will enjoy the balloon animals and other activities at the Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Here you can enjoy live entertainment on two stages, diverse food items, custom-made crafts, business specials, classic car displays and more. Bring the kids for carnival games and inflatable rides, face painting, balloon making and magic shows, and educational exhibits and more. The 21 and up crowd can kick back, enjoy the scenery and take advantage of drink specials at participating Third Avenue eateries.

Where: Third Avenue between E Street and G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: April 14, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Third Avenue Village Street Faire

Adventure Sail Aboard the Californian

Tall Ship Californian - Maritime Museum of San Diego

Take to the high seas on an adventure cruise aboard the tall ship Californian

This Sunday, join the crew of the tall ship, Californian, and haul a line, man the helm and end the day with a cannon salute. Watch the crew as they scamper up and down the rigging to set and furl the sails. Listen as the Californian’s crew relates the history of sailing and exploration in San Diego, tales of whaling and sea otter trade, local sea battles, the art of ship’s gunnery, life at sea and more.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When:
April 14, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $60. Kids (11 and under) – $48
> Find out more about Adventure Sail Aboard the Californian

Rocky Mountain Express IMAX at the Fleet

Rocky Mountain Express - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Take a trip to the Rockies while never having to leave San Diego

Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. Spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through June 30, 2013
> Find out more about Rocky Mountain Express IMAX at the Fleet

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.