Balboa Park, San Diego
I really enjoyed my time at the artists' colony within the park. It's a series of adobe buildings with red tiled roofs which empty into a tiled courtyard....dotted with Bouganvellia vines and cactus. Various artists are housed in the buildings displaying their wares and some will give lessons in jewelry making or other crafts.
It's a wonderful way to view the local arts and wander through a beautiful setting while shopping for treasures.
Favorite thing: If you are in San Diego for a few days, I would say that Balboa park is a must! ITs the perfect sunday afternoon strool for anyone to get a little bit of history, culture, and some fresh air. A lot of small little museums comprise balboa park and also a botanic garden. Balboa was the center of the world fair in the 1920 thus San Diego still treats it as a center of attention. Go to balboa park and dont forget a camera!!!!
Fondest memory: Balboa Park is made up of more than 1000 acres and offers fifteen museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations. Unfortunately, it was Monday, by the time we arrived here, most museums and gardens were already closed. We only managed to took some photos of the brilliant seasonal flowers, and magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival buildings in this urban park.
Fondest memory: We left the zoo at around 4pm, had not covered the whole zoo yet... Actually, the zoo is so big that it's difficult to do it in hald day. But due to limited time, we decided to go to Balboa Park, which located next to zoo entrance.
Free museums entrance, Tuesdays at Balboa Park
* San Diego Model Railroad Museum
* San Diego Natural History Museum
* Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
* Museum of Photographic Arts
* Museum of San Diego History
* San Diego Art Institute
* San Diego Museum of Art
* San Diego Museum of Man
* Japanese Friendship Garden
* Mingei International Museum
* San Diego Aerospace Museum
* San Diego Automotive Museum
* San Diego Hall of Champions
* House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
* Normal museum prices in effect.
* The Timken Museum of Art is always free.
* Centro Cultural de la Raza is free, donation requested.
* Veterans Memorial Center is free, donation requested.
What is Balboa Park? Is it a park?
It's much more than a park itself (I mean parks which I saw in Europe). It's a huge area northeast of San Diego downtown - a park with wide streets (boulevards) with 12 museums, various exhibitions, botanical gardens, Spanish/Mexican style architecture, art centers etc.
San Diego is one of most perfect places in the United States. The weather is perfect 300 days a year, and where else can you go to the beach, the mountains, the desert, and a different country all in one day (although I wouldn't recommend trying that)? If visiting this beautiful city of mine, I would recommend seeing these things in this order.
1)The beach (it's free..who could beat that?)Preferably La Jolla Shores
3)The San Diego Zoo (can be done in the same day as Balboa park if you start real early)
5)Gaslamp Quarter (for restaurants and night life)
6)Julian (For a pretty drive into the mountains, cider and apple pie)
7)TJ - While I don't really LIKE TJ, it is interesting for a traveler to visit for the cheap blankets, cheap beer, and a taste of a different country.
Please feel free to leave me a message if you would like any specific info.
Balboa Park-Botanical Garden and wooden greenhouse
balboa park has all the san diego museums;unfortunately the museums are very expensive------the gaslamp quarter downtown is a renewed area on 5th avenue,from broadway to market street;the atmosphere is very young and electric from 7 pm until everyone goes to sleep
Fondest memory: on 5th avenue,I was surprised,every restaurant or bar has a very beautiful girl at the entrance to make you enter;if you want to enjoy it,you have to seem interested,so you can have a brief chat with a lot of superb girls all the way from brodway to market street
You could spend hours in the parks around the San Diego Zoo area. On the photo you can see the 200-foot California Tower, an left over from the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition.
Fondest memory: The Balboa Park. This 1,200-acre urban park has 14 museums, four theaters, a sports complex, playing fields, a rose garden, open-air pipe organ, sparkling fountain and even an antique carousel and of course the San Diego Zoo.
Visit Balboa Park, museums include the magnificent Aerospace museum, as well as art galleries, other specialised museums, architecture from the 1915 exhibition, etc - and all linked by free trolley!
There is a very fine restaurant in the 'El Prado'
Alternatively visit the Wild Animal Park, where the animals roam in as natural surroundings as can be achieved. Take the mono-rail 50 minute trip to see the park without effort! And I have not mentioned the world famous Sea Park!
Fondest memory: The wide welcomimg streets, the abundance of interest,
the variety of food at reasonable prices, and above all the climate.