San Diego Category: Attractions
In 1868, San Diego city leaders set aside 1,400 acres of land that went untouched for over 20 years. It wasn’t until Kate Sessions, a local botanist and flower shop owner at the time, struck up a deal with the City of San Diego and agreed to plant 100 trees per year in exchange for 32 acres of land which she used to expand her commercial nursery that “Park City” as it was originally called, began to take shape.
Session’s generous donation helped to jump-start the beautification process that took place at the turn of the century. Before everyone knew it water systems had been installed, roads were built, more and more flowers and trees were planted, and some of San Diego’s most well-known landmark buildings of today began to arise.
“Park City” officially became known as Balboa Park in 1910 when it was announced that San Diego was set to host the historic 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, which declared the opening of the Panama Canal. The incentive of hosting this opportunistic event sparked the stunning architecture and cultural institutions that still can be seen and visited in Balboa Park to this day.
What was once merely a barren untamed plot of land now holds many of San Diego’s finest museums, shops, restaurants and attractions. From the San Diego Natural History Museum to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to the San Diego Air and Space museum to even the World Famous San Diego Zoo, there is something to peak everyone’s interest in Balboa Park on your next vacation to San Diego.
No matter what your objective is on your travel to San Diego, or what you came to San Diego to do, Balboa Park is an iconic historic jewel that should not be missed.
By: Krista Kosmicki
Address: 1549 El Prado