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Other attractions that are not Comic Con in San Diego

Zombie Walk in San Diego
Mike Rollerson

Let's suppose that you're in San Diego for Comic-Con and you are just bored with it. (Well, I guess that really is science fiction and fantasy). Now that you are all the way out there what else can you do? Here are alternative ideas on how to keep you amused.

If you are free on Saturday, July 26 at 5:00 pm, put on your best zombie clothes and meet up with a few others at Children’s Park, near the corner of Island Avenue & 1st Avenue in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for the free Zombie Walk. This is an alcohol and drug free unstructured walk. They ask that you NOT leave blood on the ground in or near the meeting location. And those viewing the walk are not to chase the zombies.

The Whaley House is located at 2476 San Diego Avenue in historic Old Town San Diego. It is an example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture. But more than that, it is haunted. The sounds of a baby or young child are often presumed to be little Tommy Whaley. A young woman is often sensed lingering upon the second floor of the house, and many perceive a feeling of profound sorrow in that portion of the home. She may be daughter Violet who committed suicide. According to many of the paranormal investigators and visitors, the spirits of parents Thomas and Anna Whaley continue to dwell here. But you can should feel comfortable to visit.

For a longer field trip, visit the California Wolf Center in Julian which is a little more than an hour away from the convention center. The “Wolf Recovery Today” tour is Saturdays at 2 pm and 4:30 pm and Sundays at 10 am. It includes a guided observation of two packs of wolves, plus a 5x7” photo of one of our wolves. Don't believe either of the packs are named Uley or New Moon (for you Twilight fans).

If you find yourself at Balboa Park because you had to see the pandas at the zoo, in the same area are some nice museums. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is San Diego's only museum dedicated to science and technology with hands on exhibits and an Imax theater. Present exhibits include the international space station and illusions. You can see more on aerospace history at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. There is an Atlas rocket exhibit as well as Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Let's get something to eat. About 10 miles from downtown San Diego in Chula Vista is the traditional Mexican restaurant Aqui es Texcoco. Sure you could eat their famous lamb barbecue. Be adventurous. Try huitlacoche, the equivalent to a corn “truffle” or the tacos dorado de seso/grilled brain tacos.

Not in the mood for tacos? A little closer to downtown is The Tractor Room. For brunch you can try the free range wild boar hash or elk sausage hash. For dinner there is venison meatloaf and for Marylanders there are all blue crab cakes with sweet corn mashed potatoes.

If you always wanted to go to Hawaii but the furthest west you could go is San Diego, do we have a restaurant for you. Hawaiian Homestyle in San Diego and Chula Vista can give you that authentic taste like their appetizer Spam Musubi which is a slab of steamed rice topped with fried Teriyaki Spam then bundled up in a seaweed wrap.

With all of these attractions, who needs to be at Comic-Con and see such special guests as: Jim Lee, comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment; Mike Mignola, Creator/writer/artist, Hellboy; Veronica Roth, Author, Divergent series; or Fiona Staples, Artist, Saga. And does one really need to have a first look at Halo: Nightfall ?

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