San Diego, CA

San Diego International Airport

3.8 miles/15 minute drive to Petco Park

 

 

WHERE TO STAY?  Hotels Near Pecto Park (all within 1 mile of Petco Park)

 

Unlimited budget

Omni Hotel  (Connected to Petco Park - just take the Sky Bridge)

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

Hotel Solamar

 

Moderate Budget

Comfort Inn Gaslamp Quarter

Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center

Days Inn Downtown/Convention Center

Best Western Bayside Inn

Chaser Budget Traveler

Unfortunately, there are no Chasers Budget hotels that we can recommend within a close proximity to Petco Park. You will need to travel at least 3+ miles for the below motels. 

Quality Inn San Diego Naval Base

Super 8 San Diego Circle

  

 

WHERE TO PARK?

The Padres offer plenty of street, metered, paid lots and garage parking surrounding Petco Park. Parking fees range from $5 to $35, depending on the proximity to the ballpark and opposing team. Parking Panda offers gameday parking reservations for Petco Park.  Avoid driving around for the best parking facility - compare on your smartphone and reserve Padres parking todayPublic transportation options include the Trolley, COASTER train, MTS buses, Ferry and Water Taxi. Our favorite option is to park free at Qualcomm Stadium and then hop on the trolley to Petco. 

Ballpark Chasers Tip: During night games and Sunday day games, you can park for free after 6 pm in metered parking. Usually you can find spots in the area of 14th and G. This is an easy walk to the ballpark as its only about a quarter of a mile away.

 

  

 

WHERE TO EAT?

Just a half block from Petco Park is The Tin Fish. They serve a mean fish taco which goes perfect with a 32 ounce beer on their outdoor patio.  Tin Fish has a nice atmosphere and is a Ballpark Chaser favorite. A couple of fun Irish bars close to the ballpark include Henry’s Pub and The Field. If you want a quicker option, try Gaslamp Pizza for amazing pie by the slice. Gaslamp is highly recommended by the locals and we see why. Gaslamp is open late (3am) and just blocks from Petco Field which makes a stop after the game very convenient. If you don't mind a chain, the Yard House is an experience for any beer lover. Just a mile from Petco Park, the Yard House is "home of the world's largest selection of draft beer". With roughly 250 selections of beer and 130 menu items, this stop is a no-brainer. 

Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Stone Brewery Co

Once inside Petco Park, head to the Mercado. Located on the main concourse (by section 108), the Mercado is a food lover’s smorgasbord. From seafood, to Mexican food, to barbecue, to Italian food, the Mercado has it all along with gorgeous views of Coronado Island and the San Diego Bay. If you are seeking a full service restaurant, check out Rimel's Rotisserie located on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. Rimels  serves grilled Mahi Mahi tacos, steaming wok-seared rice bowls , chicken and vegetable pot-stickers, and rotisseries chicken combos. Seaside Market and Phil's BBQ are also great options and are both found on the main concourse. Our last recommendation, Fish Grotto, turns out fish ‘n chips, fried shrimp and just about everything else fish related. 

Ballpark Chaser Hot Spot: Located on 9th and Market right near Petco Park, is a 14,000 sq. ft. sports lounge called East Village Tavern & Bowl.  This fun restaurant and bar has tons of flat screen televisions and 12 bowling lanes to entertain all your friends. Open 7 days a week until 2 am, this is the place to be before or after a Padres game.

 

 

 

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?

Petco Park

Ballpark Chasers very seldom have difficulty purchasing tickets at the Padres box office before a home game. With that being said, big market teams such as Boston, New York and Chicago will bring out more local fans. Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing your tickets through TicketMonster.com

WHERE TO SIT?

One of the most unique seats in all of baseball lies in left field of Petco Park. The 98 year-old Western Metal Supply building offers rooftop seats for groups. Find more unique seating options and the best places to be for a San Diego Padres game by reading the Petco Park Seating Guide.

WHEN TO GO?

We cannot say enough about the weather in San Diego and all of California. Enjoy the sun all season long but don’t forget your sunscreen! Ballpark Chasers recommend late May through July, or whenever you’re able to take a break from your day-to-day routine.

 

WHAT ELSE TO SEE?

Just 2 miles north of Petco Park is an undiscovered gem for the San Diego sports fan or anyone who has an appreciation for sports. The Hall of Champions Sports Museum is the nation’s largest multi-sports museum specializing in the rich history of San Diego athletics. From locals such as Ted Williams to Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Champions has plenty for the sports enthusiast.

 

 

End the day by heading to the water and spending time at the San Diego Harbor. This is a beautiful area to walk, shop, people watch and enjoy amazing seafood. Also, find a harbor cruise for a better look at the San Diego Bay and a chance to see some dolphins. 

Our final recommendation is the USS Midway Museum, located less than two miles from Petco Park. The USS Midway Museum is once in a lifetime opportunity to step aboard a one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served. You can easily spend a day here exploring more than 60 exhibits,  29 restored aircraft and two flight simulators. This is a museum that is fun for all ages. 

 USS Midway Museum

BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?

The California area is perfect for seeing more than one ballpark. Ballpark Chasers recommends combining your trip to Petco Park along with one or more of the five ballparks below.

 

Angel Stadium- 94 miles/1.5 hours

Dodger Stadium – 124 miles/2 hours

Chase Field- 355 miles/5.5 hours

Oakland Coliseum- 487 miles/7.5 hours

AT&T Park-503 miles/8 hours 

 

If you want to stay within the San Diego area and see Minor League Baseball, head one hour north for Lake Elsinor. The Lake Elsinor Storm is the minor league affiliation (Class A) of the San Diego Padres.

 

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