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

LevitZacks Certified Public Accountants

701 B St., Ste. 1300
San Diego, CA
  • Accounting Services
  • Appraisals & Valuations
  • Forensic Consultants

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


The Twenty-seventh man

In a Soviet prison in 1952, Stalin’s secret police have rounded up 26 writers, the giants of Yiddish literature in Russia. As judgment looms, a 27th suddenly appears: a teenager, unpublished and unknown. Baffled by his arrest, he and his cellmates wonder at what has brought them together and wrestle with what it means to write in troubled times. Edelstein returns to the play he premiered in New York and reimagines it for the Globe’s intimate in-the-round space, bringing us larger-than-life personalities and an unforgettable reminder of the transcendent power of storytelling.
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Annual Real Estate Conference

The Burnham-Moores Center’s Annual Real Estate Conference is a signature gathering of the who’s who of San Diego’s real estate-related industry leaders. High quality audiences top 700 annually. Local and nationally recognized industry leaders noted for the credibility and value of their insights challenge conventional thinking and explain why. For questions or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diane Ice at (619) 260-2379.

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

Reading Week

Our mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

MCLE Speaker Event: TracKing v. Burwell

Will Insurance Exchange Subsidies (and Obamacare Itself) Survive the Latest Supreme Court Review? Featuring California Western professors Susan B. Channick and Glenn C. Smith in conversation about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, which explores whether health insurance purchased on federally facilitated exchanges qualifies for federal subsidies to ensure affordability. MCLE Credit Provided. RSVP by Feb 26th.
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