Category Archives: Cultural

Coronado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, and enjoy some light shopping followed by a meal at a number of restaurants with great panoramic views of the San Diego skyline. If you’re not up for a full-blown harbor cruise, hop on the Coronado Ferry from Broadway Street ($4.75 each way)

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Spanish Village Art Center

Tucked between the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Zoo is the Spanish Village Art Center with its numerous studios and galleries. Just walking into the central plaza of the center is a visual delight, with the hand-painted concrete, displayed art, and, right now, the jacaranda and bougainvillea in bloom. The eye-popping colors are reason enough for

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Mount Palomar Observatory

Mount Palomar Observatory, about two hours northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to the 200-inch Hale telescope, an amazing astronomical instrument that’s been in continuous use since taking its first official image on 26 January 1949. The drive from San Diego to the observatory is quite scenic once you leave I-15 heading east on CA 76. You’ll pass through

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Plum Pottery

Plum Pottery is a bright, airy pottery studio and shop where you can see local artisans hunched over a spinning potter’s wheel forming their next creation. I stumbled across it as I explored South Park last weekend and decided to pop in for a visit. Three artists were there plying their craft, and they educated me about their little studio

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South Park

No, not the television show—the San Diego neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Balboa Park. South Park isn’t perhaps as well-known as its bigger brother, North Park, or its cousin, Hillcrest, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this charming, eclectic neighborhood with a true community feel to it. The heart of South Park is along 30th and Fern Streets,

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Spreckels Organ

A century-old gem in the heart of Balboa Park is the Spreckles Organ Pavilion. The organ was played for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1914 to kick off the Panama-California Exposition that began on 1 January 1915, and it’s been entertaining park visitors ever since. Each Sunday afternoon, you can enjoy a free hour-long concert that begins at

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