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

Wilson Elser

655 West Broadway, Ste. 900
San Diego, CA
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Financial Services
  • Legal - Appellate Matters
  • Legal - Aviation
  • Legal - Bankruptcy
  • Legal - Civil Litigation
  • Legal - Construction Litigation
  • Legal - Employment Litigation
  • Legal - Environmental
  • Legal - Insurance Litigation
  • Legal - Mediation
  • Legal - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Legal - Primary Liability
  • Legal - Product Liability
  • Legal - Real Estate
  • Legal - Tort Negligence
  • Litigation Support

Solar Alliance of America

406 9th Ave., Ste. 304
San Dieg, CA
  • Solar Panels
  • Solar Residential Development
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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

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Upcoming Events

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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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Business PlanC: Will You Make Money?

The final workshop session focuses on two key elements - will you make money and will you finish your plan. You will be given a financial planning template and participate in an interactive look at the effects of varying cost and revenue assumptions.
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
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
Business5:00p

Wing Wednesdays: Lessons in Leadership, Startup Edition

The perfect hump day will get a person through the rest of the week on a high-note, with new aspirations and a positive outlook. Join the San Diego Tech Entrepreneur community for Wing Wednesday to hear from a panel of startups who will share their experiences and expertise to help San Diego’s entrepreneurial ecosystem thrive. A tasty plus – we’ll bring in delicious chicken wings from our favorite wing spot - The Commons! What better way to spend hump day than to celebrate entrepreneurship over wings and revelry?
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