A visit to Balboa Park will provide you with some of the best things to do in San Diego. Hidden in the far corner of the park, near the zoo, is one of the city’s true gems, Spanish Village Art Center. Whether you’re a big art lover or not, a trip to this beautiful part of the park is a must.
Spanish Village Art Center originally opened in 1935 and has since attracted millions of visitors who may be initially drawn to the multi-colored cobblestone ground and quaint adobe buildings, but quickly take notice of the incredible art that is being mad, displayed, and sold in the area. Located just behind the Natural History Museum, Spanish Village may take some searching out for those unfamiliar with Balboa Park, but it is well worth the visit. Inside the buildings, many of the best artists in town are hard at work crafting jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and more. The perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Balboa Park on a crowded day, Spanish Village also sells tasty treats at its snack bar and has plenty of seating for you to relax and enjoy the atmosphere while refueling.
One of the top cheap things to do in San Diego, there is no charge for admission into the village, so you can browse to your heart’s content and save your money for any pieces you may be interested in buying. If you’d like to learn a little more about making art, you can sign up for one of the numerous classes that are offered throughout the week. Classes range in price, but for every class the price includes instruction and all the materials you need to make your first masterpiece. Classes cover a broad range of topics including abstract acrylics, polymer clay, visual journaling, watercolors, pencils, mosaics, and more. If you’re an experienced artist you can also apply to be a member and take part in the biggest community of artists in town.
Funbassadors can arrange a visit to Spanish Village or sign up for a class and take a Funseeker along, possibly rounding out the day with a trip to Panama 66 for lunch afterwards. Funseekers get to purchase a FunGig that gives them access to one of the most fun things to do in San Diego where they can learn to make art or just enjoy the works of others.