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  • 1 Presidio Park Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Presidio Park Taylor Street

    The foundations of Spanish colonial history in Alta California lie atop this prominent knoll, from which sweeping views extend over San Diego. The beautifully landscaped park features a fine historical museum and archaeological remains of the first E..

  • 2 San Diego Convention Center Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    111 W. Harbor Dr.

    With its open-air rooftop plaza surmounted by a giant white tent, this waterfront convention center resembles a futuristic sailing ship docked on its 11-acre site beside San Diego Bay. Inaugurated in 1990, the convention center more than doubled its ..

  • 3 San Diego Model Railroad Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1649 El Prado

    This museum houses one of the largest operating model railroad displays in North America. Actual former Southern California railroads are paid tribute with four working scale-model train exhibits and an interactive toy-train room.

  • 4 San Diego Museum of Man Interesting

    Museums and art

    1350 El Prado

    Born out a Smithsonian Institution exhibit in the Panama-California Exposition of 1915, the museum now has a collection of more than 70,000 objects, arranged to explore evolution, anthropology, ancient history and indigigenous cultures. The museum oc..

  • 5 Spreckels Theatre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    121 Broadway

    Sugar magnate John D. Spreckels commissioned the imposing and elegant Baroque theater (1912) to celebrate the opening of both the Panama Canal and San Diego's 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. The lobby's walls and ceiling gleam with ..

  • 6 San Diego History Center

    Museums and art

    1649 El Prado

    Permanent and changing exhibits on the city's history since the 1840s are presented here, including photos, decorative arts and children's items.

  • 7 Westfield Horton Plaza

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    With its twisting and turning passageways, multiple ramps and stairways, crazy quilt of architectural styles and dazzling palette of more than 49 pastel colors, the open-air, multilevel, post-Modern shopping center (1985, Jon Jerde) is deliberately d..

  • 8 America Plaza

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1001 Kettner Blvd. at Broadway

    San Diego's tallest building, this tapered, 34-story office tower (1991) rises to a star-shaped pinnacle above walls of glass and white granite. Adjoining, a crescent-shaped glass-and-steel canopy shelters a trolley station and connects the tower to ..

  • 9 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

    Museums and art

    Au sud de la Plaza de Balboa

    Five changing interactive exhibit galleries, a dome-screen theater and a 23-rider motion simulator for SciTour "voyages" of space discovery share this Spanish Colonial structure, built in 1973 and doubled in size in 1998. The center is name..

  • 10 San Diego Natural History Museum

    Museums and art

    1788 Au nord de la place

    Founded in 1874, the San Diego Society of Natural History opened its first museum in 1920 in Casa de Balboa. The present imposing two-story building fronting Plaza de Balboa was finished in 1933. A major renovation in March 2001 more than doubled the..

  • 11 Santa Fe Depot

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1050 Kettner Blvd. at Broadway

    Distinguished by two elegant towers facing Broadway, the Spanish Colonial-style train station (1915, Bakewell & Brown Jr.) was built to handle the increased traffic of visitors arriving for the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park, replacing a..

  • 12 Seaport Village

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    849 W. Harbor Dr. at Kettner Blvd.

    Hugging the harbor within sight of the downtown skyline, this popular, 14-acre complex of one- and two-story New England- and Mediterranean-style buildings connected by cobblestone pathways unites gift shops, restaurants and a waterside boardwalk. Th..

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