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Check Out These Great San Diego Museums in Balboa Park

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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One of San Diego’s most-visited spots is Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre park that ranks as one of the country’s oldest. Much of its beautiful Spanish architecture was built for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition. Nowadays, most of these buildings house museums — in fact, there are a whopping 16 museums in the park. Here are the San Diego museums to put on your list.

Natural History Museum

Two words: dinosaur skeletons. One of the oldest museums on the West Coast, the Natural History Museum allows you to get the closest you’ll ever get to standing beside a dinosaur. That’s just one of the many reasons you should have the Natural History Museum at the top of your list if you’re visiting Balboa Park.

Interactive exhibits allow visitors to trace the fossil history of Southern California back to prehistoric times. Other exhibits focus on the region’s great biodiversity. Thanks to the museum’s most-recent expansion, there’s also a state-of-the-art 3-D theater. Unlike some of the smaller museums in Balboa Park, you can easily make a full day out of this one.

dinosaur skeleton in a museum

Museum of Man

The Museum of Man is the first museum you encounter when you enter the park via the arched bridge along El Prado. The museum is in the building that boasts the famous California Tower, a well-known San Diego landmark. The Museum of Man revolves around human history, or anthropology. During the Panama-California Exhibition, it housed an exhibit called “The Story of Man Through the Ages.” Its exhibits today tell the same story, occasionally with a specific focus on the San Diego area.

The Museum of Man includes a second building across the street which houses a separate rotating exhibit with an additional admission fee. For the foreseeable future, this exhibit revolves around the interesting and disturbing subject of cannibalism. As part of the exhibit, there’s even a web-based game based on the infamous, ill-fated Donner Party. Check it out, unless you don’t have the stomach for the topic.

Air & Space Museum

The Air & Space Museum, along with the adjacent Automotive Museum, isn’t along El Prado and was actually built much later. But while the building itself may not be much of a beauty to look at, it’s what’s inside that counts. Real-life airplanes and space vessels are here for you to explore, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the flight simulators. They cost a few dollars extra, but it’s definitely worth it. After all, exploring new frontiers is what this museum is all about.

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San Diego Museum of Art

Art fans should put the San Diego Museum of Art on their must-visit list. The museum’s collection highlights art from all corners of the world, spanning many different eras. From paintings to sculptures, from German expressionism to 1700s Venetian art scene, you’ll find it all at San Diego’s best traditional art museum.

Those who are fans of more modern, mixed-media arts should check out the San Diego Art Institute, which is also located in Balboa Park. The exhibits here often combine aspects of photography, video and sound to form cohesive pieces of installation art. Balboa Park is also home to the Timken Museum of Art. which is free to enter.

Get In For Free

This might not help you if you’re visiting San Diego on business, but we should mention that every Tuesday, a handful of Balboa Park museums are free to San Diego County residents and active military personnel. You can see which museums are free on which Tuesdays here. (Also, in early December each year, the museums are free as part of the December Nights festivities).

 

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Your Guide to Some of the Best San Diego Beaches

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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One of Southern California’s biggest draws is that you can head to the beach year-round. Sure, the water might get a little chilly in winter, but head to any beach in San Diego County and you’ll see that doesn’t stop people. San Diego’s beaches and their surrounding communities range from the super upscale digs of La Jolla to the more youth-oriented, laid-back vibe of Ocean Beach, and everything in between. Here’s our rundown of some of the best San Diego beaches. (more…)

A Full Day of Fun Things to Do in La Jolla

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

la jolla beach

La Jolla is located within San Diego city limits, but it feels like a small, beautiful town of its own. Its name comes from a Spanish word for “jewel,” and it really is the jewel of the city — a charming, upscale hillside community surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. If you have a day to spend here, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Here are some of our favorite things to do in La Jolla.

Breakfast (or Brunch) on the Cove

It isn’t hard to find a good restaurant in La Jolla, but if you’re there in the morning, we suggest Brockton Villa. If it’s nice out (and when is it not in San Diego?), you can sit on the patio right across the street from La Jolla Cove, a beach filled with neat caves and cute seals. It’s a perfect way to start the day. (more…)

Your Guide to San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Restaurants

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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For many visitors, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is the crown jewel of the city. The San Diego Convention Center brings in folks from around the globe for huge events like Comic-Con and business conferences of all kind. When the conference lets out for the day, many visitors walk across the train tracks to Fifth Avenue, the primary stretch of the Gaslamp. How do you choose from dozens of restaurants within a short walk, and how do you avoid those that are overpriced tourist traps? The guide to Gaslamp Quarter restaurants will help. (more…)

Outdoor Spring Activities in San Diego to Enjoy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Spring is approaching in San Diego, and while we know that winter in Southern California isn’t much to recover from, it’s still an exciting time. Flowers will be blooming and more folks will be spending time outdoors. If you’re going to be in town this spring, you need to take advantage of this. To help you out, here are a few spring activities in San Diego to get you out and enjoying the beautiful climate. (more…)

What to Expect at San Diego’s December Nights

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

balboa park

San Diego’s Balboa Park is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but it’s particularly great in December, when the park puts on the winter- and holiday-themed December Nights. Now in its 39th straight year, the event will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. December Nights is expected to attract 350,000 people over both days, and you should be one of them. Here’s why: (more…)

Grab a Drink at These Great San Diego Cocktail Bars

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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San Diego is an excellent place for relaxing on a sunny day with a drink in your hand after a hard day’s work. Luckily for all of us, the cocktail options are plentiful. Here are some of the greatest San Diego cocktail bars to visit for a drink if you’re in town.

False Idol — 675 W. Beech St., San Diego

Little Italy

This brand-new tiki bar is the hottest place in San Diego to grab a cocktail right now. False Idol is actually hidden within another establishment, Craft & Commerce, in Little Italy. Visitors pass through a metal door near the bar into a walk-in cooler before reaching False Idol’s cavernous chamber. (more…)

Top 3 Dishes that Offer the Best of Traditional San Diego Food!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Favorite San Diego Food : Fish Tacos

San Diego is a multicultural, ethnically diverse metropolis, which means that the food is as unique as the people who make it. This sunny city by the sea offers a delicious sampling of everything, but there are a few signature dishes that embody “San Diego food.” Here are the three best San Diego signature dishes and where to find them:

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Workaholics’ Guide to Relaxing in San Diego

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Woman enjoys relaxing at a pier. Relaxing in San Diego

It can be very difficult to put our jobs and responsibilities aside and focus on unwinding. However, finding time to have fun and lounge is an important part of maintaining a balanced lifestyle. You need it to get rid of stress. You work hard, so why not treat yourself to some relaxation time?

Here are some tips to unwinding in San Diego for those of us who struggle not to bring work home with us.

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6 Must-haves for a Spectacular Summer in San Diego

Friday, June 17th, 2016

San Diego Summer Must-haves

It’s summertime in San Diego, and with great weather comes great responsibility. Before you rush off to the beach or go exploring the local bars and restaurants, make sure you have all your necessary supplies!

We’re here to help with this list of the 6 Must-haves for a Spectacular Summer in San Diego.

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