Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Sets Sail in San Diego

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One of the many benefits of choosing to stay at Ocean Park Inn during your San Diegan travels is the location. The Ocean Park Inn offers the ability to sleep in to the sound of crashing waves each day, hang out by the beach all afternoon, or take a short drive to one of many exciting nearby attractions. Regardless of the time of year, San Diego is never short on options when it comes to fun events to attend. Take for instance the opportunity to enjoy the famous Summer weather while experiencing an event that is educational, emotional and appropriate for all ages at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

The San Diego Natural History Museum, is currently hosting Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. It’s been 100 years since the Titanic, the largest ship of its time, sank into the Atlantic Ocean. After the RMS Titanic, Inc., discovered the ship in 1985 their mission has been to faithfully and respectfully preserve the memory of the Titanic and those who lost their lives during this tragedy. From now until September 9, 2012, visitors can experience the history of the Titanic through the exhibit’s showcase of 200 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of the Titanic. The exhibit even allows you to envision being a real passenger onboard the ship as you explore vivid recreations of her interior.

This showing is only available for a limited engagement and is definitely a must-see attraction while visiting San Diego in 2012. Special discounts are available at the San Diego Natural History museum for museum members, students, children, seniors, military and groups of 10 or more.

When: February 10, 2012 – September 9, 2012

Hours: Sunday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum

1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please click here.

The Shakespeare Festival Returns to San Diego

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The Old Globe Theatre’s world-famous Shakespeare Festival has returned for another summer of classic performances under the stars! The internationally acclaimed and Tony Award winning Old Globe Theatre, built in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition, is one of the most renowned theatres in the country. The”Globe” is home to the Shakespeare Festival every summer, and boasts three unique venues, each of which resonate with their own distinctive atmosphere: historic, intimate and outdoor.

The Shakespeare Festival, which runs from May 29 – September 25, has become a staple for San Diego locals and visitors alike. Summer 2011’s line up will present six leading productions including Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Tempest,” and Peter Shaffer’s award winning masterpiece “Amadeus.”

“Much Ado About Nothing” is one of the most popular and charming of Shakespeare’s comedies. The play features a classic battle of the sexes, and is complete with passionate poetry and witty banter which make this romantic tale one of clever twists and exciting plot turns.

If you have a love for the theatre, you’ll want to plan a summer vacation during the show’s three-month running. It’s hard to beat a vacation to “America’s Finest City” with beautiful sunny beaches and the art and culture of classic Shakespearean performance.

For more information on the rotating performances or to purchase tickets, visit www.theoldglobe.org.

Christmas in San Diego (December Nights)

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As the holiday season swings into full gear, we will be featuring a new blog every week until December 25th that will showcase the various Christmas activities taking place in San Diego near the Ocean Park Inn. This week our featured event is Balboa Park’s December Nights 2010. The holiday season kicks off with a big celebration in Balboa Park with this two-day celebration that brings out the holiday spirit in everyone. San Diego has a ton of positive qualities, but the one thing our climate lacks is seasonal snowfall. Despite the lack of blizzards and snowmen in San Diego, the December Nights celebration brings forth the holiday spirit in all of us.

This long-standing event has been a staple of San Diego’s holiday celebrations for thirty-three years. This year the celebration is running on December 3 from 5-10pm and December 4 from noon to 10 pm. Participating Balboa Park museums will be open free-of-charge from 5-9pm both nights. The December Nights festival features Christmas light displays, theatrical and musical entertainment, and rare foods and spirits scattered throughout the park. The celebration is expected to draw more than 300,000 people over the exciting two days.

Some of the featured events of the December Nights celebration are as follows:

Christmas on the Prado

Christmas on the Prado features food from around the globe at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages, the Santa Lucia procession at the Museum of Man, gift shopping at the museum stores, and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, De Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree and more. This is one exhibit you won’t want to miss.

International Cottage Christmas Festival

The International Cottage Christmas Festival features authentic music, dance and other holiday festivities from over 30 countries. Here you can sample international cuisine, and view traditional holiday dances and music complete with ornate holiday costumes on the Cottage Stage.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion Stage

This is December Nights’ main performance stage, which features music and entertainment from local San Diego groups. Some highlights of this stage are the House of Scotland Pipe Band and the Chorus of Sweet Adelines.

And finally, check out a new addition for this year at the gourmet food truck. Prado owner David Cohen is partnering with executive chef Deborah Scott to debut this amazing food truck. So swing by and grab a local delicacy created by Deborah and enjoy the celebration. We may not have a white Christmas this year, but San Diegan’s don’t have any trouble getting into the Christmas spirit at this amazing event!

Journey to San Diego

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San Diego Skyline

San Diego Skyline

San Diego has always been a hot spot for travelers of all shapes and sizes, and this is due in large part to gorgeous scenery, amazing hotels, and a long list of varied, and cost-effective activities to fill up your stay! If you’re vacationing on a budget this year, look no further than the centrally located and affordable Ocean Park Inn to call home during your visit. No matter who you’re traveling with, or what you’re looking to get out of your vacation, San Diego has a fun and free activity for you!

Just ten minutes north of Pacific Beach sit the gorgeous La Jolla Coves, an idyllic location to spend an afternoon during your stay. A sunny stroll through La Jolla will greet you with sparkling blue water, pristine beaches, and the unique experience of watching seals come out to play in their natural habitat.

A few miles in the opposite direction will bring you to scenic Seaport Village, a great place to spend the day window-shopping and watching yachts pass by in the San Diego Bay. Just a stone’s throw away is Mission Bay Park, a great spot for family vacationers looking to enjoy the breezy weather with kite-flying, a game of catch, or a relaxing picnic in the sun. If you’re looking to catch a bit of exercise during your stay, Mission Bay Park also boasts over 20 miles of attractive jogging paths which are sure to make your workout out more enjoyable.

Don’t forget to make a pit stop at Balboa Park, where you can enjoy free live music at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. This venue features one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the country, and has been a notable landmark since 1914.

Finally, for the history buff in your crew, don’t forget to stop by the celebrated Old Town San Diego district, where you can stroll through town and view notable buildings such as Seeley Stables, the Steward House, and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but memorable getaway this spring we at the Ocean Park Inn would love to recommend a journey out to San Diego. With countless free, fun, and picturesque activities available, we’re sure you won’t regret your choice!