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“Appetizer for the real attractions.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coronado Visitor Center

Coronado Visitor Center
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Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Coronado
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Owner description: The Coronado Visitor Center is located in the lobby of the Museum of History and Art. This should be your first stop when you get to this charming and historic beach town. Friendly volunteers provide complimentary maps, brochures, discount tickets and information about events and attractions in Coronado. The Visitor Center offers docent-led tours of the historic Hotel del Coronado and the charming downtown. Open Mon through Fri, 9am to 5pm, weekends 10am to 5pm.
Jacksonville, Florida
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“Appetizer for the real attractions.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

Flat iron building has three sections: visitor center/shop, museum and cafe.

The visitor center has all the pamphlets and maps you would need. The 'genius' on duty is the one to ask for suggestions. She was very helpful.

The museum has limited displays but gives lots of history for the newbie. Watch the short videotape where locals dish out the gossip on famous visitors. Gives you a sense of the importance of the island as a resort destination, both past and present.

All these factoids are really the appetizers for the tours of the Hotel del Coronado. They are usually booked solid.

If you are left out just walk four blocks and see the hotel for real. Some areas have signs posting for guests only. But really, you are not visiting NSA headquarters, and discretion will get you far.

Photo tip: boost up the ISO for inside shots, or switch setting from beach scene to night or indoor. There is a very sharp contrast between the bright beach area and the dark, mahogany interiors.

Wiki tip for the armchair traveler: The excellent reference material is "Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center" by Donald Langmead. Greenwood Press. 2009. pp 233-256.

Enjoy the trip.

Visited July 2013
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Yucca Valley, California
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“I didn't stay long, just window shopping, tourist price for most stuffs they're selling in the stores.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

I enjoyed the beautiful weather and casual strolling. I didn't buy anything because it wasn't in my price range, but mostly I did enjoy the visit.

Visited April 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“HELPFUL MAPS & VISITORS STORE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

The Coronado Visitors Center is located right on the main drag, known as Orange Avenue. The doors are propped open, inviting visitors inside to grab maps and pamphlets offered for free. The attached store has lots of Coronado souvieners for sale too.

Visited April 2013
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“Great Guide.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

My daughter, granddaughter and I took the Hotel Tour and thought it was wonderful. Our tour guide is a volunteer from the Historical Society and the cost was $15.00. The tour took you thru the hotel and gave you a really great look at the Crown Room, Lobby and grounds. The guide gave a very complete history of the island and the hotel and the famous people who have stayed at the Hotel. It was really fun. After the tour we looked around at the shops, etc. We also ate lunch at the Sheerwater Restaurant.

Visited March 2013
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Okanagan Falls, Canada
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“Good place to learn about the community.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We found the staff quite helpful at the Visitor Centre. The exposition on the Kingston Trio was very nicely presented and brought back lots of memories of that era. The old photographs of the Hotel Del and the Tent City were also great.

Visited February 2013
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