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

Ron Stuart Mens Clothing

225 A St.
San Diego, CA
  • Master Tailor
  • Men's Clothing
  • Wardrobe Consultation

Shelburne Sherr Court Reporters & Videography

501 W Broadway, Ste. 1330
San Diego, CA
  • Audio Services
  • CD-Rom Services
  • Court Reporting Services
  • Document Depository
  • Litigation Support
  • Paralegal Services
  • Video Services
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San Diego, CA, 92101
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San Diego, CA, 92101
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San Diego, CA, 92103
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San Diego, CA, 92101
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San Diego, CA, 92101

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Upcoming Events

Law8:30a

Women and the Law Conference 2015

Thomas Jefferson School of Lawís 2015 Women and the Law Conference will explore Women and the Criminal Justice System. Noted criminal defense attorney and author Leslie Abramson, who handled the Menendez Brothers trial and the Phil Spector case, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture (which Justice Ginsburg generously established for TJSL in 2003). A dynamic speaker, Abramson promises to give a spirited presentation. Other notables speaking at the conference include retired U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez and Santa Clara law professor Gerald Uelmen. Panels will focus on timely and controversial subjects, including: Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System?, Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law, and Women in Prison. The conference will be followed by a reception.
Arts10:00a

Fragile Waters First West Coast Showing/Ansel Adams Exclusive Exhibit

- The Maritime Museum of San Diego will present the exhibition, FRAGILE WATERS, which opens Sunday, March 1, 2015, and runs through September 15, 2015. FRAGILE WATERS is a powerful artistic and ecological statement reflected in the inspiring black and white images of three renowned photographers and consummate environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. Press Conference will be held at the Maritime Museum on Friday, February 27 at 10am
Entertainment

27th Running of Amierca's Schooner Cup Charity Regatta

The Maritime Museumís tall ship Californian, will be participating in the race. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)which is a civilian organization that provides support to active duty and retired Sailors, Marines and their families in time of need. All net proceeds from these events go directly to the Navy-Marine Relief Corps Society. The Americaís Schooner Cup Race is a Silver Gate Yacht Club Foundation 501-(c)- 3 fund raising event to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Construction9:00a

Public Workshop #1 East Village Green General Development Plan

Please join Civic San Diego for East Village Greenís first public workshop, an open house walkthrough, where you are free to explore the opportunities by the projectís unique site and solicit feedback about amenities and program elements that are most important to you. Come and go as you please from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Arts10:00a

Fragile Waters First West Coast Showing/Ansel Adams Exclusive Exhibit

- The Maritime Museum of San Diego will present the exhibition, FRAGILE WATERS, which opens Sunday, March 1, 2015, and runs through September 15, 2015. FRAGILE WATERS is a powerful artistic and ecological statement reflected in the inspiring black and white images of three renowned photographers and consummate environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. Press Conference will be held at the Maritime Museum on Friday, February 27 at 10am
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