Ever since Petco Park first opened its gates to eager baseball fans in 2004, it has been at the top of the list for things to see and do while visiting San Diego. Home of the Padres, the famous open air ballpark has been home to fun-filled baseball games and good times for both locals and tourists for years.
If you are planning a vacation to San Diego, know that Petco Park’s location could not get any better. The Indian sandstone and stucco stadium is situated in the heart of downtown so that spectators have a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay and skyline. There is even the “park within the park” where you can stretch out on a blanket in the grass and enjoy the park events from a comfortable distance.
The park is located between 7th and 10th Avenues with the San Diego Trolley just two blocks behind home plate. This makes it a cheap ride to enjoy pre-game drinks, tailgating and downtown nightlife. With a few insider tips, you can group your activities together, allowing you to see a handful of great downtown San Diego attractions all within just minutes of each other. Beautiful Balboa Park is 2.4 miles away, San Diego Zoo is 3.6 miles away and Seaport Village is within walking distance. Your Gaslamp Quarter getaway is going to be a lot more enjoyable if you book a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room today, saving you time and money.
However, if you really want to take a car, parking is limited but not impossible. Plan on arriving downtown at least one hour before the game starts and have $20 available for parking garage fees. Grab a bite to eat on the way in or pack a cooler full of snacks to enjoy in your stadium seats.
Petco Park, conveniently located next to affordable San Diego Convention Center hotels, is a great addition to any San Diego vacation itinerary. Enjoy the whole day downtown by exploring the variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques and museums that are available. Looking to blend in with some Padres fan gear? Swing by Sports Fever in downtown’s Horton Plaza mall for jerseys, hats and t-shirts galore!