Balboa Park

Balboa Park Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown.
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The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions–including the San Diego Zoo. Step into the beauty of 1,200 lushly planted acres, explore the attractions, enjoy the views, and you will see why Balboa Park–the nation’s largest urban cultural park–is ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. Many of the cultural institutions, as well as much of the stunning architecture and landscaping in the Park, are the legacy of two Expositions. The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal and provided a major impetus for the creation of the Park as it appears today. Balboa Park’s famous El Prado pedestrian walkway features highly ornamented Spanish-Renaissance style buildings constructed for this Exposition. The 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition, held to boost the local economy during the depression, added more cultural organizations, structures and landscaping. The buildings around the Pan American Plaza at the southern end of the Park present a fascinating architectural history of the Southwest. To help you plan your visit, a snapshot description of the major attractions in the Park follows. Enjoy discovering the excitement and beauty of Balboa Park!

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Celebrate the season tomorrow with the whole family with The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Project 2020...
12/19/2020

Celebrate the season tomorrow with the whole family with The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker Project 2020.”

This is one of our favorite posts and we’ve been saving it for the day before the World Premiere of “The Nutcracker Project 2020.” Lucia Del Rio is dancing the lead role of “Clara” this year, and a few days before her promotional photo shoot in @balboapark, her mom emailed us the photo on the left with the subject line, “Ballet Dreams.” We re-created that moment from 12 years ago and this side-by-side is not only a testament to the legacy of our historic ballet school, but a great example of what we strive to provide for our students: a place where hard work and perseverance is championed, and where dreams can become a reality. We are beyond proud of Lucia, and every single one of our students who created something utterly magical for all of you to experience this holiday season from the safety of your homes. We can not wait to share the beauty, strength and grace of our dancers with you tomorrow. $5 tickets available at www.sdcyb.org!

Don't miss this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the "Jewels of the Season", one of San Diego's most dazzling holid...
12/16/2020

Don't miss this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the "Jewels of the Season", one of San Diego's most dazzling holiday traditions.✨

Join the San Diego Model Railroad Museum and Timken Museum of Art for an online lecture with Lynne Thompson, Timken's ornament specialist and personal friend of artisan Elizabeth Schlappi!

Thompson will discuss Jewel's artisans Florence Hord and Elizabeth Schlappi, the history of the ornaments, the designs and materials collected from around the world, how she came to inherit the Jewels and ultimately donate them to the Timken.

When? Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 5 p.m.

This event is donation based. Reserve your spot at https://www.sdmrm.org/modelercitizens!

Don't miss the holiday grand finale of our Modeler Citizens Lecture Series!​

🚃 On 12/3, hear the fascinating tale of Walt Disney's half-mile-long backyard Carolwood Pacific Railroad from two Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn volunteers. ​
🎄 On 12/17, learn about the Timken Museum of Art's dazzling Jewels of the Season--the history and the sparkle--from Lynne Thompson, San Diego's foremost Jewels ornament specialist.​

Register at https://www.sdmrm.org/modelercitizens for as little as $1 & support the museum!

Tis’ the season of holiday cheer and making memories around #BalboaPark!✨For a jolly experience at the Park, be sure to:...
12/16/2020

Tis’ the season of holiday cheer and making memories around #BalboaPark!✨

For a jolly experience at the Park, be sure to:

🎼Put on your favorite holiday playlist. (Don’t forget your 😷!)

🦌Greet Blitzen, Clyde, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Rudolph, Vixen, and 🎅🏽 Santa in the Plaza. (Catch Rudolph’s nose light up at night!)

🎄Visit the wonderful Grinch tree at the Old Globe and snap some pics.

And share your photos with us! 📸 Tag @BalboaPark for a chance to be featured in our story!

Photo credit: @ letravelstyle via Instagram

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s virtual Hall of Fame celebration on December 10, 2020! This year, the Museum wil...
12/09/2020

Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s virtual Hall of Fame celebration on December 10, 2020! This year, the Museum will be honoring Tammie Jo Shults and Barbara Barrett.

Since 1963, the International Air & Space Hall of Fame has honored the world’s most significant pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers, and space explorers.

When? December 10, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Where: To receive the virtual event link, register here: https://sandiegoairandspace.org/calendar/hof2020-registration

Proceeds go towards the Museum's Youth Education Programs and COVID19 Recovery Fund.❤️

As an added bonus, all registered guests will be automatically entered to win two FREE tickets from Alaska Airlines!✈️

We're just three days away from the International Air & Space Hall of Fame Virtual Gala where we will be inducting two truly influential women aviators in Barbara Barrett and Tammie Jo Shults this Thursday Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Pacific! ✨
Registration is free and open to the public at https://bit.ly/3nJhkbT. Proceeds benefit the Museum's Youth Education Programs and COVID19 Recovery Fund.

Following the guidance set forth by the state of California early this week, museums have temporarily closed. While muse...
12/09/2020

Following the guidance set forth by the state of California early this week, museums have temporarily closed. While museums' doors in #BalboaPark are closed, don’t forget that there are still many ways to enjoy the park! Miles of hiking trails and the beautiful gardens remain open to the public.🌳🌵🌹

As always, we encourage park lovers and visitors to follow state and local safety guidelines regarding physical distancing and mask-wearing for a safe and enjoyable visit to (y)our beloved Balboa Park!

Plan ahead and prepare by reviewing the Personal Safety Requirements by visiting: culturalpartnership.org/beforeyouvisit

And for the latest updates and hours in the Park, visit: culturalpartnership.org/updates

Thank you all so much for understanding and joining us in our continued efforts of protecting the public health of park visitors, staff, and in following State guidelines. ❤️

#BalboaParkHikingTrails: balboapark.org/enjoy/trails

#BalboaParkGardens: balboapark.org/explore/gardens

Photo Source: canva.com

The time has come!!  🎄#TasteofDecemberNights has begun! 🎄  For all info visit https://www.balboapark.org/december-nights...
12/04/2020
Balboa Park December Nights | Balboa Park

The time has come!! 🎄#TasteofDecemberNights has begun! 🎄 For all info visit https://www.balboapark.org/december-nights for maps, menus, & details on how to get your favorite bites! 🎅 will be there to wave to the kids 11-2 each day! Listen to your fave holiday music on the iHeartRadio app!

Home Eat & Drink Know Before You Go Giveaways Season's Greetings For more than 40 years, the San Diego community has welcomed in the holiday season by celebrating the annual December Nights at Balboa Park. Due to the current pandemic conditions, we are saddened that our beloved gift to the region ca...

It starts today!  For the next 3 days, get your #tasteofdecembernights at the drive-through food event from 11am-10pm in...
12/04/2020

It starts today! For the next 3 days, get your #tasteofdecembernights at the drive-through food event from 11am-10pm in the Inspiration Point lot on Park Blvd. check out the official menu, and plan out your favorite treats!

The official menu for Taste of December Nights is now available!👇

Plan your visit at decembernights.org and we'll see you there tomorrow!🎅

Only a few more days until you need your stretchy pants again!  The #TasteofDecemberNights drive-through food event is h...
12/03/2020
Taste of December Nights | City of San Diego Official Website

Only a few more days until you need your stretchy pants again! The #TasteofDecemberNights drive-through food event is happening this weekend! Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., there will be more than 20 of your favorite past #DecemberNights food vendors in the Inspiration Point Parking Lot, where you can drive in, order, pick-up your favorite treats, and take them away to enjoy!! For all the details, including the vendor list and details on the event, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/taste-of-december-nights

For more than 40 years, the San Diego community has welcomed in the holiday season by celebrating the annual December Nights at Balboa Park. Due to the current pandemic conditions, we are saddened that our beloved gift to the region cannot occur as we know it. Instead, the City of San Diego is offer...

The new Palisades Plaza was officially unveiled today at a press conference by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Mayor-Elect Todd G...
12/02/2020

The new Palisades Plaza was officially unveiled today at a press conference by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Mayor-Elect Todd Gloria, Councilmember Chris Ward and other City leaders. This project brings a more pedestrian friendly vibe to the south end of Balboa Park. With new landscaping, lighting, a safer tram stop, and added seating and tables, it it a perfect place to take a break and watch the planes fly overhead. Thank you to the City of San Diego for making this wonderful improvement possible!

Introducing AsaKatsu at the Japanese Friendship Garden! #AsaKatsu translates to “morning activity” which many people in ...
12/01/2020
AsaKatsu — Japanese Friendship Garden

Introducing AsaKatsu at the Japanese Friendship Garden! #AsaKatsu translates to “morning activity” which many people in Japan participate in to help make them more productive for the rest of the day.

Each month, JFG will have virtual events based on a central theme. One payment will give you access to all scheduled AsaKatsu events for the current month!

$10 for JFG members or $20 for non-members.

Learn more here: https://www.niwa.org/asakatsu

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and #HappyThanksgiving!🦃We are truly grateful to all of Balboa Park's volunt...
11/26/2020

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and #HappyThanksgiving!🦃

We are truly grateful to all of Balboa Park's volunteers, staff, rangers, and visitors that continue to make #BalboaPark an amazing experience.❤️

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
11/26/2020

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Though some organizations have not reopened, many are taking the opportunity to plan for energy efficiency improvements to their facilities.

Casa de Balboa, House of Hospitality, Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Us, San Diego Natural History Museum, Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park, San Diego Museum of Art, The Old Globe, and The Timken Museum of Art are undergoing SDG&E’s Comprehensive Audit Program. ✨

Read more at tinyurl.com/y4kezz95

#BalboaParkSustainability #sdge

Palisades Plaza is now open in Balboa Park! ✨
11/25/2020

Palisades Plaza is now open in Balboa Park! ✨

Palisades Plaza is now open in Balboa Park!

This project remodeled the deteriorating South Palisades asphalt parking lot and transformed it into a public square near the San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, the Mid-City Gymnasium and soon-to-be Comic-Con Museum. It is intended to restore the Palisades area to its 1935 purpose.

Construction for the project kicked off in April 2020 and was completed entirely by the City’s Transportation and Storm Water and Parks and Recreation departments. Improvements included:

· Removal of asphalt from South Palisades to create public plaza
· Upgrading the San Diego Trolley stop
· Planting trees, enhancing landscape and installation of turf lawn areas
· Repaving of the North Palisades parking lot
· Upgrading sidewalk and pedestrian curb ramps to meet ADA standards.

11/18/2020
Balboa Park to You Season 1 Recap!

Summer #2020 was an unprecedented time, and it has been awesome to document and share all of the ways #BalboaPark organizations have continued delivering experiences in exciting new ways during the pandemic.

As we reflect on the season, we also look forward to continued innovation from the venues in Balboa Park!

Special thanks to Jazmine for hosting our first season of 'Balboa Park to You', and to the nonprofits in the park who keep us inspired every day!

For more videos from across the park visit 'Balboa Park TV' on YouTube!

https://youtu.be/Wx4VkgCjCNc

Summer 2020 was an unprecedented time, and it has been awesome to document and share all of the ways Balboa Park organizations have continued delivering expe...

Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park
11/16/2020
Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park

Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park

COVID-19 update. Purple Tier status ... 11/14/2020

The Spanish Village Art Center studios will remain open daily, 11am-4pm. Strict Covid-19 regulations have been put into place. Masks are required. Social distancing highly recommended. Thank you for your cooperation. Stay safe. We are all in this together.

More information here:

The Old Globe
11/16/2020
The Old Globe

The Old Globe

The Old Globe's annual Grinch Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be shown virtually this year on Sunday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. PT on our social media channels. NBC 7 San Diego has all the details!

11/15/2020
Balboa Park to You - Celebrating 12 Years of the Balboa Park Sustainability Program

Since 2008 the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership has administered the #BalboaParkSustainabilityProgram. And by collaborating with a long list of partners over the past 12 years, the accomplishments have been impressive!

The program in its current form is winding down at the end of 2020, leaving the park and the staff in its various nonprofit organizations in a much greener place than when it started.

In this Balboa Park to You video, we talk with Rubi, the program manager, and recap the extraordinary results this program has had. See the video below!

https://youtu.be/gMEVR_ZYdC4

Since 2008 the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership has administered the Balboa Park Sustainability Program. And by collaborating with a long list of partners ov...

This week the State of #California announced that #SanDiego County has entered the Purple Tier for Covid-19 restrictions...
11/14/2020

This week the State of #California announced that #SanDiego County has entered the Purple Tier for Covid-19 restrictions. For our beloved #BalboaPark, this means that indoor museum operations park-wide will cease by Friday, November 13.

We will post an update as soon as San Diego County gives the green light for museums to resume regular operations.

For more information and to see what is open, visit Balboa's Cultural Partnership's website (culturalpartnership.org/updates) for the latest updates on park closures. Thank you all! And stay safe! ✨

The City of San Diego's Parks and Recreation Department is providing grab-and-go candy distributions at 27 recreation ce...
10/30/2020

The City of San Diego's Parks and Recreation Department is providing grab-and-go candy distributions at 27 recreation centers through Oct. 31. The city also is distributing meals to families at 16 recreation centers.

Today, Friday, October 30, from 4 - 6 pm, families can drive-up to the Balboa Park/Morley Field Recreation Center (2229 Morley Field Dr.) for a free bag of candy and a spooky surprise or two!

Everyone is required to wear a face mask, and costumes for kids are encouraged. 🎃

Details:https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/halloween-rec-centers.pdf

Shotgun Tom Kelly: Layout Tour
10/29/2020
Shotgun Tom Kelly: Layout Tour

Shotgun Tom Kelly: Layout Tour

Award-winning radio host Shotgun Tom Kelly will showcase his model layout in this up-close-and-personal look at his life off the airwaves.

Show the San Diego Air & Space Museum your favorite #Halloween costume and take photos with their spooky decorations! 👻T...
10/28/2020

Show the San Diego Air & Space Museum your favorite #Halloween costume and take photos with their spooky decorations! 👻

Tag your photo with the hashtag #SDASMhalloween to enter their #VirtualCostumeContest for a chance to win Special Goodie Bag valued at $100! 🎃

https://www.facebook.com/SDASM/photos/a.397889517814/10157946937187815/

All week long the Museum is encouraging guests to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and take photos with our spooky decorations! Tag the photo on your Facebook or Instagram account using the hashtag #SDASMhalloween to enter our Virtual Costume Contest.

The winner of the costume contest will receive a Special Goodie Bag valued at $100 from the Museum’s Gift Shop. Come join us for a Happy Halloween! 🎃

Centro Cultural de la Raza
10/28/2020

Centro Cultural de la Raza

This Thursday at 1p

Hey Park lovers! We want to hear from you! #BalboaPark is asking residents to fill out a short survey to help identify p...
10/27/2020

Hey Park lovers! We want to hear from you! #BalboaPark is asking residents to fill out a short survey to help identify priorities for future investment in the country’s largest urban cultural park.

Your input will help ensure available resources are directed towards initiatives that you want to experience. Please take a few minutes and help shape the future of #SanDiego’s crown jewel for generations!

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¡Queremos escucharte! El Parque Balboa está pidiendo a todos los residentes de la ciudad de San Diego que completen una breve encuesta para ayudar a identificar las prioridades para futuras inversiones en
el parque cultural urbano más grande del país. Su aporte ayudará a garantizar que los recursosdisponibles se dirijan hacia las iniciativas que más deseas.

¡Tómese unos minutos y ayude a darle forma a la joya de la corona de San Diego para generaciones futuras!

🌳Survey in English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JMVV8PK

🌳Encuesta en Español -- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PW5YQY5

Check out the San Diego Air & Space Museum's after-school remote learning experience, Air & Space at Your Place! 🚀💫
10/27/2020

Check out the San Diego Air & Space Museum's after-school remote learning experience, Air & Space at Your Place! 🚀💫

Join us for our after-school Artists & Astronomers program! Dive into the science of the solar system as we create textured moon paintings, intergalactic magnets, miniature planetary nightlights, and so much more. Program materials included, and shipping options available.
https://bit.ly/3hO8uqA

It's almost Halloween, so it's time to CLICK or Treat! ​Lurk 🕯️ on www.sdmrm.org/trains-and-tots for coloring pages, cra...
10/23/2020

It's almost Halloween, so it's time to CLICK or Treat! ​
Lurk 🕯️ on www.sdmrm.org/trains-and-tots for coloring pages, crafts, and stories...​

Haunt 👻 our halls to see elaborate decorations and find some Friendly Phantoms...​

& get special treats 🍬 when you donate to our GoFundMe​ at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sdmrm

​Museum members - check your emails for a special event.

It's almost Halloween, so it's time to CLICK or Treat! ​

Lurk 🕯️ on www.sdmrm.org/trains-and-tots for coloring pages, crafts, and stories...​
Haunt 👻 our halls to see elaborate decorations and find some Friendly Phantoms...​
& get special treats 🍬 when you donate to our GoFundMe​ at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sdmrm

​Museum members - check your emails for a special event.

10/22/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: Halloween!

Looking for a fun and safe Halloween activities this year? Check out this mix of in-person and online offerings from a few of your favorite Balboa Park museums!👻🎃

https://youtu.be/2xHJ40JBAVg

Looking for fun and safe Halloween activities this year? Check out this mix of in-person and online offerings from a few of your favorite Balboa Park museums...

10/12/2020
Balboa Park to You - Stay Inspired: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Happy #Hispanic / #LatinxHeritageMonth!

Here are just a few ways to connect with organizations in #BalboaPark and celebrate #Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month!

San Diego Air & Space Museum: https://sandiegoairandspace.org/exhibits/online-exhibit-page/hispanic-and-latino-aviators-introduction

Museum of Photographic Arts: https://shop.mopa.org/collections/books/products/point-counterpoint-contemporary-mexican-photography

Centro Cultural de la Raza: https://www.facebook.com/centrocultural/

Here are just a few ways to connect with organizations in Balboa Park and celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month! San Diego Air and Space Museum: https://s...

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1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Bus: Balboa Park is on the #7 bus line, which runs between downtown San Diego and east San Diego and La Mesa (along University). Trolley: Take any trolley into downtown San Diego. Get off at the City College stop (12th Ave. and C St.) Transfer to the outbound #7 bus just around the corner at 11th and C.

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Looking forward to seeing all of you next year!
Since not everyone has a car, I guess the rest of us can just go to hell if we wanted to attend December Night. It's not a county order that this event can only take place as a drive-thru is it? If so, the planner should have just cancelled it. This is discrimination.
Welcome! See the NEW holiday events calendar! www.VaccaroHomesearch.com MERRY CHRISTMAS!
is Balboa park decorated for Christmas? (other than the Old Globe)
the 2020 December nights that will happen should be cancelled this year do to a lot of people that go ride the city bus to get there. it is it dum to of a test of event in a car that makes a lot of people mad they can't go there is no freebies and i can see that event will suck. :(
I have been wanting to do a project with my Grandfather's pictures of Balboa Park for years...Since there could not have been a prettier day at Balboa Park than this past weekend, I ran out of excuses. I hope you enjoy.
Dear Balboa Park, With no December Nights and no Grinch at The Old Globe... Please bring a ice skating rink to the park this holiday season. Thank you 😊 😉
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