5 Things You May Not Know About San Diego

Whaley House

1. Located in Old Town San Diego, the famous Whaley House, constructed in 1856 on a former gallows site, is one of only two officially-designated haunted houses in California. The Whaley House is often referred to as “the most haunted house in America,” inhabited by no less than seven spirits. The Whaley House is also the first two-story brick building in Southern California and the oldest two-story brick building on the West Coast.

Balboa Park

2. Balboa Park is the second oldest city park in America. This magnificent cultural complex is second only to the Smithsonian in size and is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West”; it has the highest concentration of museums west of the Mississippi and the largesturban cultural park in North America.

US Navy Flying over San Diego Bay

3. San Diego is home to the largest military complex in the United States; eleven major Navy and Marine Corpsinstallations are home to approximately 150,000 active duty military personnel.

Chicano Park

4. Chicano Park, located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the downtown neighborhood of Barrio Logan, is home to the largestcollection of outdoor murals in the country.

5. The 4,600-acre Mission Bay, with its 27 miles of beaches and abundance of grassy recreation areas, is the largest aquatic park in the world.

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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19 thoughts on “5 Things You May Not Know About San Diego

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  3. @Aaron What are you talking about? First of all… Liese asked a question about the information presented in the article that Balboa Park is the second oldest city park in the country and commented that she would like to know which is the oldest. Suzzanne (who wrote the article) told her where she got the information (from Balboa Park itself) and which park IS the oldest.

  4. Love my city and been to every one of these. Thanks for the fun facts about all. I run Mission Bay, nice to put a bit of history to my runs. Whaley House has always freaked me out. You know they make 4th graders tour the house as a “special” activity during the school year. Crazy!! Balboa is always beautiful and Chicano Park (although located in a not so nice neighborhood right now) is always fun to admire. Don’t worry visitors, things are changing in that hood. Its called progress. 🙂 I love and support our military!! Thanks again!

  5. I’ve seen a TV show about Chicano Park graffiti and murals artwork and I couldn’t believe how big the venue is. I would like to see it in live sometimes

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  7. Oh and that may be true of Chicano park the only problem is all the gang members and homeless people who are always there making it no fun to go to!

  8. Suzzanne Ok so what does Boston being the first have to do with this article or San Diego?

    She A didn’t say Balboa was the first and she didn’t say the Smithsonian was the oldest just the its second only to the Smithsonian in size and is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West”; it has the highest concentration of museums west of the Mississippi and the largest urban cultural park in North America.

    Where does the age come in here is doesn’t she doesn’t even say when the Smithsonian was build(1836)and is not considered a national park.

  9. Hey Veronica! Thanks for visiting our city, but Chicano Park is not that close to Old Town. CP is located to the south side of downtown San Diego, and Old Town is located to the north – just east across the I-5 freeway. Come back for another visit soon, OK! I highly recommend the Old Town area.

  10. i didnt know Chicano Park was a famous place, we took a wrong turn trying to get onto the bridge from downtown, and stumbled across it, it is awesome.

  11. I’m not questioning your accuracy but I would like to know how you discovered that balboa is the second oldest city park in the US? I would really like to know which one is the oldest. Can you share your source?

  12. I have been to all of those places hahaha I love to go places in San Diego that most people dont notice because you can find some of the most beautiful things and you have a fun adventure at the same time. One thing I like doing is bicycling to Oceanbeach from Chula Vista with a friend or two and we always try to take a new path each time we go.

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