September 13, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Things to Do in Downtown

TwitchCon 2019 is just a couple of weeks away and while we’re all excited to see our friends and favorite streamers at the convention, San Diego has so much to offer that it would be a shame to not go out and see some more of the city. To help you figure out some of the best things to do around downtown, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite San Diego activities here for you. 

Escape Rooms

Enigma HQ, San Diego Escape Room

There are plenty of escape rooms to choose from these days, but few that stray from the norm. Here in San Diego, we have two recommendations that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

By now, most people have tried an escape room at least once – but have you done one in VR? Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room, features San Diego’s very first VR Escape Room experience. Team up with up 2-6 friends and see if you can escape the disturbing estate house of deceased composer, Hans Komisch, in “Decomposed VR”.

Escape The Nat is located on the bottom level of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Created by actual museum employees, your group will dig through museum archives to piece together the key to save the world – with science! Once your group has escaped (or everyone dies) you can then hit up the rest of the museum, which is included in the price of the escape room!

Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re looking to add a little culture to your TwitchCon trip, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s downtown location may be just the thing you’re looking for. With a focus on contemporary works, this museum focuses on presenting art created in all types of mediums created since 1950. 

For those inclined to swing by the MCASD this month, you’ll be greeted by Marnie Weber’s Songs that Never Die installation based around a fictitious all-female rock band from the 1970s.

Seaport Village

Seaport Village - San Diego, California
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A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without at least a quick stroll through Seaport Village. Located just a quick walk from the convention center itself, Seaport Village is a charming shopping and dining complex sitting right on the San Diego Bay. The entire complex stretches over 90,000 square feet and features a wide array of unique shops and eateries.

Aside from the shops and waterfront dining, Seaport Village is also home to The Headquarters which features additional storefronts built into a restored police headquarters complete with historic jail cells that offer a perfect photo op for your Instagram feed.

San Diego Sailing Tours

The San Diego Sailing Tours offer one of the most unique ways to view the city and is well worth a few hours of your stay in San Diego. Their signature two-hour tour takes you and a few friends to see the sights around the San Diego Bay in a restored luxury sailing vessel for an experience filled with fun, snacks, and drinks.

On top of enjoying the sun and sea, your Captain will also be well equipped with a wealth of knowledge about local history and of course, sailing. So take some time to step outside of the convention for a bit for some fresh air and relaxation on the Bay.

Maritime Museum 

Star of India 150th Anniversary Sail
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The Maritime Museum in San Diego features a stunning collection of awe-inspiring sea vessels that includes steam-powered boats, submarines, and the oldest functioning sailing ship in the world. These historic ships sit docked in the San Diego Bay, just west of TwitchCon’s home at the San Diego Convention Center and have been featured in various media such as television, film, and even advertising for video games.

The Star of India, originally constructed in 1863, is arguably the Maritime Museum’s crown jewel and may be best known to video game fans for its use in promotion for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. 

There’s one more week and one more blog post to come before TwitchCon arrives in America’s Finest City. Be sure to look back at our last couple of blog posts on restaurants and cocktail lounges and check back in next week for some of our final choices to see, eat, and hang out at in San Diego!