Balboa Park

Visitor Information

Thanks to the foresight of its early settlers, San Diego is blessed with an oasis of green that functions as its recreational heart.  Balboa Park, located just east of downtown and the airport began as an 1,400 acre track set aside as a public park in 1865.  The first master plan was prepared in 1903 and the city levied a tax in 1905 to support the master plan.  The grounds were planted by Kate Sessions during the early part of the 20th century.  Her determination to keep San Diego green can be seen in its lush plantings and trees.

Many of the buildings in the park date to the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition and are excellent examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival style.  At the time the buildings were not intended for permanent use, but they have remained in constant use since the Exposition.  In recent years as termites and time have taken their toll buildings are being refurbished or rebuilt as exact replicas. The site was also the host of the 1935-36 California-Pacific International Exposition.

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Balboa Park Businesses

Ascent Real Estate

410 Kalmia St.
San Diego , CA
  • Consultants - Management
  • Real Estate - Broker/Consultants
  • Real Estate - Commercial
  • Real Estate - Foreclosure & Sales
  • Real Estate - Management
  • Real Estate - Residential
  • Real Estate - Services

CalExpress Attorney Messenger Service

1202 Kettner Blvd., Ste. A
San Diego, CA
  • Attorney Services
  • Copy Services
  • Courier Services
  • Litigation Support
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Movie Theaters

1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
701 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
3965 5th Ave. #200
San Diego, CA, 92103
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Upcoming Events

Gauquin to Warhol 20th Century Icons

Sun, Jan 25
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego
The exhibition is a who’s who of the art world, with monumental works from Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Paul Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, among others. This is the only West Coast stop for this exhibition, which features 70+ works from the renowned collection from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., and covers modern movements from Post-Impressionism to Pop.

Murder For Two

Sun, Jan 25
The Old Globe Theater
San Diego
The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Murder for Two, with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. Globe veteran Scott Schwartz (A Room with a View at the Globe, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse) returns to direct Blair and Kinosian’s Off Broadway hit, a vaudevillian mystery musical with an energetic two-man cast. Great American novelist Arthur Whitney has been murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could be any one of the guests. But this is no ordinary murder mystery. The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects, and both play the piano! Murder for Two is an irrepressibly wacky tour-de-force musical that NewYork1 dubbed “a must-see 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity!”

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Sun, Jan 25
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Gauquin to Warhol 20th Century Icons

Mon, Jan 26
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego
The exhibition is a who’s who of the art world, with monumental works from Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Paul Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, among others. This is the only West Coast stop for this exhibition, which features 70+ works from the renowned collection from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., and covers modern movements from Post-Impressionism to Pop.

Newsmakers 2015

Mon, Jan 26
6:00pm 7:30pm
SDPC Office, Spreckles Building
San Diego
This year is Balboa Park's centennial of the Panama-California Exposition - and who's the best Newsmaker to update Press Club members than San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria? Gloria, former Interim Mayor and Council President, will update the club on highlights of the year plus give us a sense of what long-term projects are in the works.
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