Events & Meetings: ACOG ’17 Comes to Paradise

If West Virginia is “Almost Heaven”, then San Diego might just be the real thing. Just kidding, of course, but it’s not far from the truth. Consider the almost year-round sunshine, the West Coast casual charm, 70+ miles of immaculate coastline, vibrant downtown, and friendly locals. 

Register now and plan to take in all the science, surgery, education and networking at ACOG ’17, from May 6-9, but be sure to leave time to explore one of America’s most beautiful cities.

Better yet, plan for a few extra days before or after the conference. And bring your family! You’ll be glad you did.

Explore Beyond the Conference Walls

With most of the hotels and the bay front San Diego Convention Center within walking distance or just a short trip away from many top San Diego destinations, the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting is an ideal time to combine business and pleasure. There is something almost magical about springtime in picture-perfect San Diego. The days are warm and the evenings pleasantly cool. 

But before you pack your sunglasses, register for the meeting. Browse the Preliminary Program, and choose sessions that are right for you. After spending the day inside soaking up the science, you’ll want to get outside for some fresh air! 

Don’t Miss Coronado, Gaslamp Quarter, USS Midway Museum

Take a walk or run along the bay from the convention center toward the USS Midway Museum.  You’ll enjoy four miles of scenic bay front vistas, along with the charming Seaport Village. The aircraft carrier turned naval aviation museum is a living tribute to San Diego’s proud naval heritage.

Take a drive, catch the ferry conveniently located just behind convention center, or even rent a San Diego DecoBike for a fun excursion to Coronado. This historic island is just across the bay from the convention center. After enjoying fantastic views along the way, you’ll be treated to food, shopping, and miles of relaxing beach. And don’t miss the beauty of the world-famous Hotel del Coronado.

The Gaslamp Quarter is the historic heart of San Diego and just steps from the convention center. The “Gaslamp” features 137 dining options, 73 fine retailers, and 69 bars and nightlife options all set off by the delightful gas lamps adorning each street.

Spend Time at Balboa Park, Old Town

San Diego’s Balboa Park is known for its beautiful gardens, museums, and the world-renown San Diego Zoo. This paradise of arts and culture is spread over 1,200 acres and also features the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Old Globe Theater, Botanical Building, Butterfly Garden and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Considered the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego is home to 27 historic sites, authentic Mexican food, and unforgettable shopping at Bazaar del Mundo for one-of-a-kind gifts. To reach Old Town, take the Old Town Trolley or the Green Line situated just outside the convention center.

Wine and Dine Like a California Native

Make sure to come with an empty stomach—there are plenty of options for an amazing dining experience. San Diego is a culinary masterpiece, boasting some of the finest restaurants in Southern California. Many of these unique dining options are near the convention center.

 Situated along the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is well known for its fresh seafood, and is arguably one of the best places in the world for fish tacos, sushi, and oysters. Flavors of the world can be enjoyed throughout San Diego’s neighborhoods, including authentic Mexican, Italian, Indian, Brazilian, Persian, and Thai.  Of course, this being California, you’ll enjoy only the freshest fruits and vegetables, tastiest California wines, and craft brews.  San Diego is home to 12 award-winning craft breweries located within walking distance of the convention center.

Shop Until You Drop

Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or a new outfit to take home, San Diego has plenty of options. Shopping in San Diego can become a day-long adventure with an amazing array of boutiques, clothing and apparel stores, and outlet malls. Walk along the bay front to shop at Seaport Village and The Headquarters at Seaport. Also, within walking distance of the convention center is Westfield Horton Plaza, home to 100 well-recognized stores, including Macy’s and Bloomingdales. Bazaar del Mundo in historic Old Town features gifts from all over the world, including collectibles, handcrafted artisan jewelry, and local arts and crafts.

Indulge in Arts and Culture

San Diego has one of the most diverse cultural landscapes in the nation. Beneath its laid-back exterior you’ll find top-notch theater, the largest collection of museums west of the Mississippi, and world-class symphony and opera companies. We know time is tight, but be sure to choose at least one to visit from among the USS Midway Museum, Air and Space Museum, Fleet Science Center, Railroad Museum, and Natural History Museum.  Music choices are plentiful, including the symphony under the stars at Summer Pops, Sunday concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, and The Music Box in Little Italy.

Enjoy your time in San Diego.  There is truly something for every taste. We didn’t even mention perennial tourist favorites like Major League Baseball at Petco Park, beautiful bay front cruises, SeaWorld, LegoLand California, or the Pacific beaches.  The official San Diego Attendee Guide features information on hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping, transportation options, and more. Go to, and learn more about everything San Diego has to offer ACOG ‘17 attendees.

Of course, you can always let ACOG do the planning for you. You can easily book spouse and guest tours and Camp ACOG and tours for children, either at the 2017 ACOG Annual Meeting website or onsite in San Diego. 

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