Balboa Park, San Diego
Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park has free concerts on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm and some times in the evening. I heard this organ and it is an amazing sound. There are 4,518 individual pipes in this organ.
This beautiful structure houses beyond the lilly pad pool houses a botanical garden. It is located in Balboa Park. It is free but closed on Thursdays. It is just behind the Timken Art Museum which is also free.
The World Beat Center had a nice looking building near Balboa Park so I stopped and went in. They had music classes for small children when I was there. A pleasant young lady there gave me a list of their classes that they hold. The web site is 'worldbeatcenter.org' if you are going to be in San Diego and interested in Brazilian Martial Dance Form, Steel Drums, Samba, or other interesting classes like these.
Japanese Friendship Garden is about halfway between PanAmerica Plaza and Plaza De Panama at Balboa Park. Admission to the traditional gardens cost $2 and it is closed on Mondays and I believe also Wednesdays. I liked the bonsai trees and the koi pond. There is a tea pavillion near the entrance to relax in and have a cup of tea.
San Diego Automotive Museum is a great place for car lovers. It is full of beautifully cared for classic cars. In this picture are some cars from the 50's parked as if in front of an old diner from that era. It is another of the museums in Balboa Park near the PanAmerican Plaza.
Remember the 'Red Baron'? This is a fokker triplane like the Red Baron flew in World War I. It is located in the San Diego Aerospace Museum at Balboa park. Great museum full of machines that depict the history of flight.
Balboa Park has lots of great musuems. I won't include pictures of each and every one of them here. If you are interested in visiting the museums get the museum passport. That is best advice I can give you. The Historical Society was interesting. I enjoyed reading the diaries of Ah Quin there. Centro Cultural De La Raza is in a round building with murals painted on it near Park Boulevard and the World Beat Center. It was closed the day I was at Balboa Park. Rueben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center has hands on exhibits for children to learn about science and a dome movie theater. I saw a movie there about pandas. Museum of Photographic Arts has a lot of different kinds of photographs in it and they do not allow photographs to be taken inside. San Diego Natural History Museum sounds very nice but when I was there most of the museum was closed for renovation. In the Sports Hall of Fame be sure to try the tests of athletic ability just for fun.
Walking around Balboa Park you can find hundreds various plants. They look just beautiful. Go and admire them!