San Diego Mineral and Gem Society

The goal of the San Diego Mineral and Gem Societies' museum is to help people gain a better understanding and appreciation of minerals, gems, fossils and the lapidary arts.  Our museum is located in the San Diego Mineral & Gem Society building adjacent to the Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park, San Diego, California.  The museum features many fine mineral, gem, lapidary and fossil specimens from around the world.  The collection has been assembled over the last 75 years through purchases and donations.  Admission to the museum is free.

Morley Field Playground

This medium-sized playground is perfect for kids aged 5-12, families with dogs and those who love playing sports. There are slides, monkey bars, swings and a rock-climbing wall to enjoy. It is surrounded by fun places like the a swimming pool, dog park and tennis courts.

This playground is located south of Bud Kearns Memorial Swimming Pool on the northeast side of the Morley Field Sports Complex.

Nate's Point Dog Park

This off-leash area is located on Balboa Park’s West Mesa, south of El Prado / Laurel Street and east of Balboa Drive. It is approximately 2.3 acres and completely fenced with amenities that include a drinking fountain and picnic tables. Named for former San Diego city employee Nate Wells, the space has been used as a dog park since 1996.

Pepper Grove Playground

This large playground is suitable for kids of all ages. It is separated into two main areas. The side designed for children younger than five has a giant sandbox, cushioned floors, slides and swings. The other side, designed for kids five and older, offers a large jungle gym, faux zip line and fun things to spin on.

There are also many picnic tables, big fields and amazing views.

Balboa Park Visitors Center & Gift Shop

The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30 am-4:30 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day), the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice, and more.


Has the sight of a building ever stopped you in your tracks? Put a smile on your face? Made you wonder? Whether you're an expert or just curious, you can find many different architectural styles throughout Balboa Park. Follow the stops below for a structural safari!


Are you a fan of all things weird, wild, and wonderful? Follow the stops below to take a tour highlighting some of Balboa Park's fascinating oddities and obscure facts.

New and Old

Are you a history buff? Love seeing the way things were? Balboa Park recently celebrated its 100th birthday, and times have changed since the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that put the Park on the map. Follow the stops below to take a journey back in time to Balboa Park in 1915.