What to See and Do in San Diego at ICALEO® 2016

ICALEO® 2016 is right around the corner! In preparation for the event, we’ve compiled a quick guide of points of interest for laser professionals in San Diego, where the conference is held this year.

It’s time to discover the best in Electro-Optics & Photonics – and one of the most beautiful, engaging cities on the West Coast!

San Diego Harbor ICALEO 2016 Site
Find some time during your ICALEO 2016 trip to explore San Diego’s Harbor.

This year’s International Congress on Applications of Laser Electro-Optics and Photonics (ICALEO) takes place October 16–20, 2016 at the Sheraton® San Diego. ICALEO has established itself for over three decades as the conference where researchers and end-users meet to discuss recent advancements in laser applications and material processes. Bringing laser professionals from all over the world, ICALEO has a lot in store for attendees throughout the event. Click here for complete information, including Registration Opportunities and a Program Guide

When the sessions and seminars are over for the day, many ICALEO visitors may wish to explore the city and its culture. Who can blame them? With a gorgeous coastline, average October highs in the low 70s, and a rich history, there is plenty to see and do while in town for the conference.

Here’s how to explore like a pro after-hours at ICALEO San Diego:  

Museums of Interest

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is home to permanent and traveling exhibits focusing on “furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.” Located in Balboa Park, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is also home to the world’s first IMAX dome theater. Featuring state of the art projection systems, the theater also hosts planetarium shows hosted by the San Diego Astronomy Association. The center also hosts bimonthly workshops on 3D printing technology with San Diego State University. While the museum typically caters to a younger crowd, there is something here for everyone.

Located right around the corner from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Charting the history of flight from a 1700’s hot air balloon through the space age, the San Diego Air and Space Museum is a celebration of aviation and spaceflight advancements. Visitors can enjoy seeing both original and recreated air & spacecraft, as well as learn the history behind them. The museum is currently hosting the exhibition Da Vinci: The Ultimate Inventor. Showcasing the art, inventions, and machines developed by Leonardo Da Vinci with a focus on transportation, military, and mechanical designs, the exhibit is sure to enthrall any visitor.

Other Points of Interest

The  USS Midway Aircraft Carrier also serves as a museum featuring over 60 exhibits, including over 20 restored aircraft. The USS Midway was one of the US’s longest serving aircraft carriers, seeing over 200,000 sailors in its time. Self-guided tours are included with admission,as you make your way through the restored aircraft carrier, covering over 50 years of Navy history. USS Midway is home to multiple flight simulators and interactive exhibits, sure to entertain and educate. On average, guests spend over 3 hours on the carrier, so plan accordingly!

Activities by the Coast and Downtown

For those looking to take advantage of the warm weather and gorgeous coast, Pacific Beach is not too far away from Sheraton® San Diego. This beach town provides sun, surf, and sand by day and vibrant nightlife, after sunset. Catch waves early in the day and grab a drink at one of the many restaurants or bars, afterwards.

Registration for ICALEO®  is now open. With less than a month until the event, do not delay and miss your opportunity to learn, observe, and network at this premiere laser event. Information about the event can be found at https://www.lia.org/conferences/icaleo. Before attending, be sure to check out the top five things to see and do at ICALEO for 2016.


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