Beautiful Balboa Park

Balboa Park

In the heart of downtown San Diego, you’ll find the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Beautiful Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the World Famous San Diego Zoo. The Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes. These all take place in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.

Discover stunning art collections, watch IMAX films, learn from docent-led tours, and enjoy interactive, kid-friendly exhibitions. Other things in the Park include art studios, carousel rides and a mini railroad. Known for its horticultural treasure, the Park hosts glorious gardens. Including an award winning rose garden, and a butterfly garden, rare plant species, 58 different varieties of palm trees. Also a beautiful botanical building housing over 2,000 different tropical plants. There is something cool and different for everyone here at Balboa! Balboa Park is the perfect place to take the family for a fun-filled day!

Some Recent History

In 2000 Balboa was host to San Diego’s millennium celebration.  San Diego Natural History Museum opened its doors after a major reconstruction to the original building. In 2003 Balboa Park was ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World by the Project for Public Spaces. The most recent formal Balboa Park garden dedication took place on November 11, 2005 and the new Veterans Memorial Garden was opened to the public. The Veterans Memorial Garden is situated on a one-acre parcel of land in the Park honoring all veterans.Balboa Park is steeped in history.  A true labor of love to the City’s leaders of the era, there was great effort to shape this rolling plot of land into the masterpiece it is today. It is truly a majestic part of San Diego.

The San Diego Automotive Museum

The Automotive Museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture. Since opening its doors in December of 1988 millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited this world-class collection.

The fabulous collection of exhibits includes Louis Mattar’s Fabulous Car, a 1947 Cadillac which he equipped with an electric stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a chemical toilet, an ironing board, a medicine cabinet, and, believe it or not, a kitchen sink.

The Museum offers guided tours, too—you’ll learn the intriguing history behind America’s love affair with the automobile. Come to the San Diego Automotive Museum— it’s all here! You won’t want to miss all the cool cars and bikes the museum has! Spend the day at Balboa Park and find some of the best museums San Diego has to offer.

The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham. He was a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979, the San Diego City Council first considered the issue. A year later they gave unanimous approval to the museum and granted. And a long term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego – Balboa Park.

After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988. Since then millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture.


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