SOCIAL & EXCURSIONS

SOCIAL EVENTS & LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Program 1:
Social Events
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Program 2:
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
that conference attendees may wish to visit on their own

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Program 3:
Longer day-trips
that attendees may wish to take on their own before or after the ICC

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Social Program

Social Program for Conference Participants

Welcome Reception

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Date: Sunday, 14 June 2020
Venue: San Diego Natural History Museum

Conference Banquet and Closing Ceremony

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Photo courtesy of Hyatt Corporation
Date: Thursday, 18 June 2020
Venue: Manchester Grand Hyatt

ATTRACTIONS

Local Attractions

SAN DIEGO PADRES BASEBALL GAME OR PETCO PARK TOUR

The San Diego Padres have represented the city in Major League Baseball competitions since 1969. Twice, they have advanced to the World Series championship.

If the Padres are playing at home during the conference, you may participate in a group outing to see a game.

If the Padres are not playing at home, during the conference, you will have an opportunity to visit PetCo Park, but for a behind-the-scenes tour of the park.
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San Diego Bay Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy the beautiful Pacific sunset onboard a private yacht. The three hour cruise will include drinks, a buffet dinner of traditional San Diego foods, and live music. Enjoy breathtaking views of San Diego’s most famous sights, including the Coronado Bay Bridge, the Star of India, the North Island Naval station and the USS Midway aircraft carrier. It is a magical San Diego experience so many visitors never forget.
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San Diego Symphony

One of the top orchestras in the United States, the San Diego Symphony orchestra, was founded in 1910 and is a leading force in San Diego’s artistic community. During the summer, the orchestra performs its Summer Pops series on the waterfront at Embarcadero Marina Park. Contingent on the symphony’s 2020 schedule, you will have the opportunity to experience a performance at this beautiful waterfront venue.
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San Diego Coastal Tour

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Photo by Francis Lee, distributed under CC-BY-SA-3.0
On this seven-hour tour, experience the wonders of San Diego’s coast. Visit the famous Point Loma lighthouse and Cabrillo monument for spectacular views from above. Then spend some time in classic beachfront towns such as Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, and Encinitas where you will get to browse the shops and enjoy California fare at the many restaurants. Finally, experience the famous bluffs of Torrey Pines and the beautiful La Jolla cove.
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Temecula Wine Country Tour

The Temecula Valley, four hours from San Diego, is called “Wine Country” because its microclimate of warm midday sun and cooling ocean breezes are ideal for growing most grape varietals.
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Balboa Park

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No visit to San Diego is complete without taking in Balboa Park, the 1,200-acre public park that is home to the Old Globe Theater, a gargantuan outdoor pipe organ, and half-dozen major museums. A morning walk or jog along the park’s central thoroughfare is a perfect way to experience it. Most of the cultural attractions in Balboa Park are independently managed by non-profit organizations – admissions prices vary by institution but admittance to the park itself is free as is the Botanical Building and most of the gardens.
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Whale Watching

Blue whales, the largest creatures on earth and thought to be among the most endangered of the great whales, may be found in San Diego mid-June through September. In fact, the largest group of blue whales in the world, 2,000 to 3,000, feed off the California coast during the summer months. Changes in ocean temperatures and the abundance of krill over the past few years have attracted far more blue whales to San Diego's coast than in the past. There are a number of different ways to experience whale watching in San Diego. A couple of great spots to view the grey whale migration from shore include the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the Cabrillo National Monument, and the Torrey Pines State Reserve where the hiking trails offer expansive views of the Pacific. If you're interested in a closer look at these majestic creatures, a host of sightseeing and tour operators in San Diego offer a variety of whale watching excursions. This is also the best way to see a blue whale as they tend to stay farther out to sea. A whale watching trip is also a great way to experience the ocean and see San Diego's beautiful skyline from a different point of view.
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San Diego Zoo

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An urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in a tropical oasis as you visit amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, tigers, sun bears, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of paradise, giant tortoises, leopards and more. Visit the Australian Outback to see the colony of 24 koalas. Take a Panda Trek to visit the giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and to see a herd of elephants. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or an aerial view from Skyfari, dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert's Restaurant, and see animals up close in the Children's Zoo. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper presentations. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience. The San Diego Zoo is open 365 days a year.
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Gaslamp Quarter

The beating heart of San Diego's downtown rests in the Gaslamp Quarter, comprised of 16 ½ square blocks in the city's central core. With a colorful array of restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and boutiques, you will find plenty of things to do on foot. During the day, the Gaslamp Quarter is a great place for families. Visit the New Children's Museum or explore the historic Victorian architecture preserved throughout the district. Shop at Horton Plaza or catch the Trolley to Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo or Old Town. The sophisticated nightclub scene comes to life as night falls - from award-winning restaurants to dance clubs, jazz and rooftop bars, you'll find it all in the Gaslamp Quarter.
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USS Midway Museum

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Create a once in a lifetime memory exploring the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century! Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates, by exploring galleys, officer's country, sleeping quarters, and the 4 acre flight deck. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations from the engine room to control tower, narrated by Midway sailors who lived or worked in each.
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LEGOLAND® California Resort

This resort is perfectly suited for families with children between the ages of 2-12 and includes LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Hotel. At LEGOLAND California, you'll find more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions including LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef, and LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO models into a child's voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River.
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La Jolla

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With a dramatic coastline boasting spectacular views, it is no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla's coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evokes a Mediterranean feel. With a unique microclimate that rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees, combined with unmatched natural beauty, an upscale casual vibe and world-class attractions, La Jolla lives up to its nickname as "the jewel" of San Diego. Along the dramatic coastline lies Scripps Park, where families can picnic throughout the summer while enjoying Fourth of July fireworks and concerts under the stars. There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit in La Jolla, with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Museum of Contemporary Art all situated in close proximity to the Village.
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Del Mar Beach

Since the legendary days of Hollywood’s golden years, Del Mar has been the destination of choice for many a movie star as well as those with a taste for fast horses, beautiful beaches, top-notch surfing, and award-winning cuisine. Along with the Del Mar Fairgrounds, home to the Del Mar Races and San Diego County Fair, the historic and charming Del Mar Village offers a variety of unique shops, renowned restaurants, and luxury and beach-style hotels. Saturday’s farmers’ market is also a great place to pick up the freshest and finest produce, flowers, and seafood the region has to offer.
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Coronado

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Just across the bridge from downtown and San Diego’s Big Bay, Coronado's stunning beaches offer gentle surf and sparkling mica sand. With a quaint small town charm and an array of outdoor activities, Coronado is the perfect destination for enjoying a day of shopping along the vibrant main street of Orange Avenue, golfing at the 18-hole public course, renting a sailboat for a day on the bay, or exploring by bike along the 16 miles of boardwalk.
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Botanic Garden

Located 30 minutes north of San Diego City Center in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest including grand waterfall, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. Hamilton Children's Garden, offering 3-acres of play filled areas including Toni's Tree House, is the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.
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Sea World

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At SeaWorld® San Diego, you can dive into the wonder of Explorer’s Reef™ where you are immersed into an undersea adventure where you can touch a shark, interact with a ray and feel tiny cleaner fish gently nibble your hands. For the thrill seekers, SeaWorld has Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids, and of course Manta, SeaWorld's double-launch, multi-media roller coaster. For those who want to get even more up close to some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures, the Dolphin Interaction Program allows guests to feed, touch, and play with bottlenose dolphins; and the Beluga Interaction Program is a unique chance to enter the water with beluga whales.
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Belmont Park

Located on the surf and sand of Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego's only beachfront amusement center! From the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster to the famous simulated wave machines and four dynamic oceanfront restaurants, Belmont Park is the quintessential Southern California beach experience.
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Located on the eastern edge of San Diego county, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California extending over 900 square miles. The park features 12 wilderness areas and hundreds of miles of dirt roads, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California desert. Wildlife in the park includes hundreds of species of birds, bighorn sheep, coyote, bobcat, kit fox, and numerous reptiles and rodents. Each spring, the park explodes in color with an impressive display of desert wild flowers.
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Point Loma

Point Loma is known locally as an excellent spot for tide pooling, where low tide brings a magnificent reveal of the underwater reef, exposing flowery anemones, crabs and a myriad of other sea creatures. And don't miss a trip to the Cabrillo National Monument home of the Point Loma Lighthouse for a look back at San Diego's nautical history and stunning views of the bay and downtown skyline. If you are looking for great surf, locals frequent a number of quality surf breaks along the western edge of Point Loma.
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Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is housed in one of the finest collection of historic ships in the world. The iconic and majestic Star of India is docked in downtown San Diego on the beautiful waterfront and is the main attraction at the museum. The museum's collection includes a Soviet submarine the B-39, an American research submarine the USS Dolphin and the HMS Surprise (star of Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean 4), just to name a few.
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De Portola Wine Trail

The De Portola Wine Trail is located in Temecula, CA between Temecula Parkway and Rancho California Road off of the 1-15 Freeway. The DWT wineries include Keyways, Robert Renzoni, Oak Mountain, Gershon Bachus Vintners, Leoness Cellars, Oak Mountain, Frangipani, Cougar, Masia De La Vinya, and Fazeli Cellars. Each winery offers a wide array of handcrafted wine varietals with unique tasting experiences, beautiful views of wine country and the mountains. On the 5 mile trail you will enjoy fine wine, food, and music on the weekends.
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Day-Trips

Longer Day-Trips From San Diego

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a trend-setting global metropolis with an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. Since its founding in 1781, Los Angeles has grown into a dynamic metropolis with its eye on the future, while preserving its extraordinary cultural heritage. LA is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, making it a truly global city.

There are world famous theme parks, like Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Disneyland, while studios like Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures offer the ultimate film and TV fan experience. Attractions like the USS Iowa and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library offer something for the entire family. Shop at retail meccas like The Grove and the Beverly Center, or browse eclectic shopping neighborhoods and bargain outlets. Recreational activities include spectacular beaches and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, or decompress at one of L.A.’s top spas.

One of the best ways to experience Los Angeles is by visiting its incredible cultural attractions. L.A. has more museums and theaters than any U.S. city, and a thriving music and gallery scene. An LA Philharmonic performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall is a must-see, as well as an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl and shows at other famous music venues. L.A.’s world class museums include the stunning Getty Center in Brentwood and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Museum Row. Monthly artwalks take place throughout the city, including popular events in Downtown L.A. and Venice Beach. And of course, when it comes to film and television, Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world.

One of the most visited places in Southern California, Hollywood has been an international center for film and entertainment since the silent-movie days of the 1920s. Many television studios are still based in Tinseltown, and visitors can book ahead to reserve tickets for TV show taping during their stay in Los Angeles. A stroll along the star-studded Walk of Fame leads past the historic Chinese Theater where footprints and handprints of famous movie stars are encased in cement on the sidewalk. The district’s iconic Hollywood sign is located in Griffith Park, home to the Art Deco-style Griffith Park Observatory, the outdoor Greek Theatre and the Los Angeles Zoo.

Home to many Hollywood stars, Beverly Hills features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive. Visit the expansive Beverly Gardens Park to see its spectacular fountains and rose gardens, plus an illuminated Beverly Hills sign. Take in a screening at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where legends of the big screen mix and mingle with fans. Wander the manicured gardens and vast public spaces at Greystone Mansion - a historic estate with a storied past and the backdrop for countless Hollywood feature films.

Disneyland

Disneyland is the only theme park built and designed by Walt Disney and has been operational since 1955. Since its opening, Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the work, with over 650 million guests since it opened.

Disneyland Park consists of eight themed “lands” and a number of concealed backstage areas, and occupies approximately 85 acres. Throughout the park are ’Hidden Mickeys’ representations of Mickey Mouse heads inserted subtly into the design of attractions and environmental decor. An elevated berm supports the 3 ft. narrow gauge Disneyland Railroad that circumnavigates the park. The themed areas are:

Main Street, USA – a patterned Midwest town of the 20th century is home to the Disney Art Gallery and the Opera House.

Adventureland – Designed to recreate the feel of an exotic tropical place, it is home to the Indiana Jones Adventure and Tarzan’s Treehouse.

New Orleans Square - Based on 19th Century New Orleans, it is home to Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mission attractions.

Frontierland - recreates the setting of pioneer days along the American frontier and includes attractions such as the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

Critter Country – an area originally meant to showcase the dances and customs of indigenous tribespeople, the main attraction today is Splash Mountain, a log-flume journey inspired by Disney’s Academy Award-winning film, Song of the South.

Fantasyland – its 1983 refurbishment turned it into a Bavarian village with attractions including Peter Pan’s Flight and the King Arthur Carousel.

Mickey’s Toontown – opened in 1993 was partly inspired by the fictional Los Angeles suburb of Toontown, its two main attractions are Gadget’s go Coaster and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

Tomorrowland – designed to provide a living blueprint of the future, its main attractions include Space Mountain and Autopia.

In addition to the attractions, Disneyland provides live entertainment throughout the park. Many Disney characters can be found throughout the part, greeting visitors, interacting with children, and posing for photos. Every evening at dusk, there is a military-style flag retreat to lower the U.S. flag by a ceremonial detail of Disneyland's Security staff. The ceremony is usually held between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, depending on the entertainment being offered on Main Street, USA, to prevent conflicts with crowds and music.
 

Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park is a popular destination for hikers, rock climbers, photography buffs, and nature lovers. Named after the treelike genus of yucca that grows in the park’s northwestern section, Joshua Tree is an expansive park that includes multiple overnight camping areas, natural springs, man-made reservoirs and more than 4,500 established rock climbing routes. Places of interest include an old cattle rustler’s hideout, Native American rock art and Keys View, a sky-high natural overlook that offers views of the landlocked Salton Sea.

On your way to Joshua Tree, you can visit Palm Springs, a popular vacation destination since the 1920s when movie stars used the desert city as their winter playground. With its mid-century architecture, the city’s Movie Colony District illustrates the lifestyle Hollywood’s elite enjoyed. More than a dozen beautifully maintained golf courses lie within the bounds of the 100-square-mile city, which makes Palm Springs a golfer’s dream, but the region’s natural attractions are worth exploring too. A ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the 8,516-foot (2,596 meter) summit of Chino Canyon gives visitors a birds-eye view of the desert landscapes.

California Coastal Towns: Catalina Island

Catalina Island is a picture-perfect paradise a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the mainland just 22 miles away. The air is refreshing, the water is clear, and there’s not one traffic light on the entire island. From the city of Avalon to the rustic village of Two Harbors, experience the Island for yourself - explore the rugged back country where the buffalo roam, enjoy the most stylish in dining experiences, conquer the rush of thrilling adventures, and relax on the sand with the gentle rhythm of the ocean.
 

California Coastal Towns: Santa Monica

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Santa Monica offers everything travelers want from a Southern California beach town, including great surfing and swimming, wide stretches of sand and plenty of sunshine. Developed as a seaside resort in the early 1900s, the city has grown into an upscale community filled with designer shops, tasty restaurants and unique art galleries. The old-fashioned amusement park at the Santa Monica Pier is home to the city’s most recognizable landmark, a solar-powered Ferris Wheel illuminated with LED lights. Visitors can rub elbows with the rich and famous at the Third Street Promenade, one of the region’s premier shopping destinations.

California Coastal Towns: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a coastal city less than 100 miles (160 km) from Los Angeles but differs vastly in pace from its huge neighbor to the south. Sometimes referred to as “Riviera of the West,” Santa Barbara is well known for its beautiful beaches, mild temperatures and for the California Mission-style architecture that is very common in this city. A long-standing local ordinance ensures that all commercial construction follows the Mission theme, which results in a plethora of red-tiled roofs and adobe supermarkets. Santa Barbara’s most popular attractions are its Stearns Wharf and the Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish outpost founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.

Tobacco magnate Abbot Kinney gets the credit for transforming a marshy stretch of shoreline south of Santa Monica into the “Venice of America.” In 1904, Kinney turned a series of drainage channels into scenic canals and constructed a Venetian-inspired arcade on the beach. While the canals remain one of the community’s top attractions, most visitors head for the beach’s world-famous boardwalk where eccentric street performers compete with shops, stalls and food stands for attention. The beach’s volleyball courts, skating plaza and body-building Muscle Beach area are crowd-pleasers as well. The pier at the southern end of Venice Beach is perfect for fishing.
 
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