Balboa Park's Best Hidden Gem: The Spanish Village Art Center

If you are a resident of San Diego or on your way to visit San Diego, you have most likely heard of Balboa Park. It's like going to New York and and hearing about Central Park. I have been to Balboa Park a handful of times now and today was the first time I stumbled upon the Spanish Village Art Center. I had no idea this place existed in Balboa Park.

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Spanish Village + www.thetravelpockets.com

I went with a friend who grew up in San Diego who has frequented Balboa park and the San Diego zoo numerous times and even she didn't know about this hidden gem.

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Spanish Village + www.thetravelpockets.com

As soon as we spotted this colorful little village, we were super excited to start exploring. The village was established in the late 1930s and all the buildings are the original buildings with the exception of a new coat of paint. The artists that work here today are not allowed to change anything to the exterior to preserve this amazing historic site. Now it totally makes sense to me why the buildings were so small and vintage looking!

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Spanish Village + www.thetravelpockets.com
Spanish Village + www.thetravelpockets.com

I am not an art major and no little about art, but just being here made me smile and want to learn more about the artists and how they became a member of this community. Every studio has an artist who holds a story and love behind their gorgeous crafts.

THIS ARTIST TOLD ME THAT IT TOOK HIM A YEAR TO CREATE THIS PEICE. HE WAS  ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES THAT DAY.

THIS ARTIST TOLD ME THAT IT TOOK HIM A YEAR TO CREATE THIS PEICE. HE WAS  ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES THAT DAY.

NIGHT LIGHTS

NIGHT LIGHTS

THERE WERE SQUI RRELS EVERYWHERE 

THERE WERE SQUI RRELS EVERYWHERE 

I went on a weekday and it was fairly quiet and some of the studios were closed. But the weekends are filled with more activities and events like pottery demonstrations and artist's showing new techniques like alcohol ink art.

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Spanish Village + www.thetravelpockets.com

It's such a shame that this hidden gem is so hidden because it's so full of rich history and beautiful art. So the next time you hear someone mention Balboa Park, tell them to visit the Spanish Village Art Center. I promise you, and they, won't be disappointed. 

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Spanish Village + www.thetravelpockets.com

SPANISH VILLAGE ART CENTER
ADDRESS: 1770 VILLAGE PL, SAN DIEGO, CA 92102 (Between San Diego Natural History Museum & San Diego Zoo)
HOURS: EVERYDAY FROM 11AM - 4PM

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