Downtown San Diego Recreation and Parks
Downtown San Diego features many small neighborhood parks and a beautiful spacious park known as Balboa Park after the explorer who discovered the Pacific Ocean. Begun as a tourist destination in the 1920s for the Pacific Exposition, Balboa Park now features museums such as the Natural History Museum, San Diego Historical Society, Science Museum, and other smaller, unique museums such as the Museum of Model Railroads. The quiet ambience and old world architecture makes Balboa Park a great place to spend the day with the family or for visiting at night for a play at the Old Globe theater. With a professional baseball team, San Diego offers Downtown's Petco Park as America's newest urban Major League baseball stadium. Home to the San Diego Padres, the ballpark has great seating, modern amenities and panoramic views of San Diego Bay.