Prime for Meet­ing

Business Traveler (USA) - - MEETING MATTERS -

When you’re in San Diego, the Navy is every­where. One of the most cel­e­brated ships in the re­tired eet is the SS Mid­way. The Mid­way served 47 years, longer than any other US Navy car­rier in the 20th cen­tury. In her day she was the largest naval ship in the world and the rst of all Navy car­ri­ers built with a steel ight dec .

To­day as the USS Mid­way Mu­seum, she pro­vides a spec­tac­u­lar op­tion for meet­ings. The ship’s amaz­ing size, its prox­im­ity to the con­ven­tion cen­ter and the dra­matic back­drop of sun­set views are some of the rea­sons this venue hosts an aver­age of 700 events an­nu­ally, and why the wait­ing list can be three years in most cases.

San Diego lo­cal Mered­ith Bell, di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and growth at Fes­tiv­i­ties Cater­ing and Spe­cial Events, has her own spe­cial list of spec­tac­u­lar San Diego venues.

With breath­tak­ing views of down­town and the Bay, and look­ing over the Padres’ home turf of PETCO Park, the Ul­ti­mate Sky­Box at Di­a­mond­view Tower is lo­cated on the top oor of the Di­a­mond View Tower. The 2,500-square­foot space can han­dle up to 160 guests, with ve at screen TVs, a large bar area and a 12-foot out­door re­place.

In nearby a Jolla, the EED-certi ed Robert Paine Scripps Fo­rum at UCSD is an ex­tra­or­di­nary ocean-front con­fer­ence cen­ter. With room for up to 250 guests di­rectly on the beach, the cen­ter is lo­cated in the heart of Scripps In­sti­tu­tion of Oceanog­ra­phy.

Also lo­cated here, the Birch Aquar­ium at Scripps of­fers room for up to 1,500 guests. The fa­cil­ity can of­fer guided tours of the aquar­ium, tide-pool talks and divers in the kelp tank.

An­other EED-certi ed venue, the San Diego Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum of­fers in­trigu­ing space for up to 300 guests, with a rooftop deck that of­fers sweep­ing views of Bal­boa Park.

Also set in his­toric Bal­boa Park, the San Diego Mu­seum of Art of­fers a cov­ered court­yard and spa­cious sculp­ture gar­den with room for up to 400 guests. The Mu­seum’s world-class art col­lec­tion, his­toric ar­chi­tec­ture and lo­ca­tion in the heart of Bal­boa Park pro­vide a sparkling venue for pri­vate events.

Events at San Diego’s new­est mu­seum, The New Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, are known to bring out the in­ner child in ev­ery at­tendee. This 50,000-square­foot ur­ban mu­seum of­fers three oors of con­tem­po­rary, in­ter­ac­tive and creative pos­si­bil­i­ties, with ex­i­ble space for groups up to 1,000.

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