Balboa Park was originally called “City Park,” but was renamed after Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, in honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, held in the Park that year. Balboa Park was declared a National Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Landmark District in 1977. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Park is managed and maintained by The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, and supported by dozens of other non-profit organizations. You can learn more about a few of these organizations, and their missions.
San Diego Zoo
Old Town San Diego
OLD TOWN is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort.
Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance.
Fashion Valley Mall
Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Southern California’s trendiest destination, Fashion Valley. Accented by living succulent walls, gorgeous palm trees and iconic fountains, Fashion Valley is a must visit.
Visit more than 200 stores including international fashion houses like Hermès, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo, leading department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, all while drinking in the San Diego sun in this open-air environment. Try something new at the acclaimed True Food Kitchen, Stacked and Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge or enjoy favorites at The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and California Pizza Kitchen.
River Walk Golf Course
Riverwalk Golf Club encompasses three nine-hole layouts that can be combined in a variety of ways to create a unique experience every time you play. Distinctive in character but consistent in quality, every hole was meticulously designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Jr. in the old style, leaving the terrain completely natural.
This San Diego Golf Course boasts mature stands of palm, oak and eucalyptus trees frame undulating fairways and manicured greens, with numerous wetland areas, nearly 100 bunkers and an array of picturesque water features – including four lakes and the San Diego River – creating both strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop for golf. While challenging for low handicappers, the course offers multiple tees on each hole, ensuring an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities.
As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests can immerse themselves in our rich Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs, and dance the night away at nationally-recognized nightlife venues. Tucked tightly into 16 ½ blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walkable urban playground located in Downtown San Diego adjacent to the Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza. And getting here is as easy as a Southern California breeze. The Gaslamp area is accessible via the freeway and several trolley and bus lines. We invite you to explore the district for yourself and find out what makes it unforgettable!
San Diego Trolley
A 14 acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex recreating a harbor side setting of a century ago. Includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants, and located in close proximity to local hotels. Opened in 1980.