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The San Diego area is home to many attractions. If you are interested in visiting other attractions, you will have to plan extra time, before or after your NEH workshop dates.


Balboa Park - The Park covers a huge 1,200 acres and it's minutes away from downtown San Diego. We have over 85 cultural and recreational organizations here, including fifteen museums and various performing arts groups, like the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre and the world-famous Globe Theatre, which presents at least 14 productions and 550 performances a year.


Belmont Park - Belmont Park has something for everyone. At one of the best beaches in San Diego - Mission Beach. Take a twist on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, a dip in the historic Plunge swimming pool, or a stroll through the carousel shops


Birch Aquarium at Scripps - Experience a dazzling variety of Marine life; visit an outdoor tide pool; and explore an interactive oceanographic museum.


California Surf Museum - The California Surf Museum presents standing displays of surfing equipment and photographs. Every six months it introduces a new feature exhibit highlighting one of the pioneering legends of the surfing world. The museum also retails surfing-related merchandise.


Centro Cultural de la Raza - The Centro Cultural de la Raza is a 30 year old non-profit cultural arts organization, established in 1970, whose mission is to create, promote, and preserve Mexicano/o, Chicana/o, and indigenous art and culture.  Programs include a multi-disciplinary educational component, performing and literary arts presentations, visual arts exhibits and film/video screenings.


Knott's Soak City USA - Thirty-two water-logged acres packed with 22 of the most intense water rides imaginable -- all themed to the surf woodies and longboards of the 1950s San Diego coast!


La Jolla Playhouse - The Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theater in residence at the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.


LEGOland - At LEGOLAND kids are in charge on over 40 rides and adventures.


Maritime Museum of San Diego - San Diego's Maritime Museum is Home of Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing ship.


Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego- The permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, includes more than 3,000 works created after 1950, representing all media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, and installation.


Museum of Making Music - The Museum of Making Music is located in Carlsbad and overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  The museum's exhibits cover 100 years of music in America, beginning in 1890. They provide a wonderful trip through five time periods which include popular music, walk-through music stores, key musical innovations, 450+ vintage instruments and dozens of historic photographs.


Museum of Photographic Arts - The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the first and finest museums in the country dedicated to the photographic arts.  Visitors have the opportunity to view work by some of the most celebrated photographers and cinematographers in the history of these mediums.


Old Globe Theatre - The Internationally acclaimed, Tony award-winning old Globe Theatre, located in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park, presents musicals, comedies, classics, and contemporary drama.


Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is the place for people of all ages to get their hands on science, enjoy the world’s most dynamic films in the giant IMAX dome theatre, and blast off in the exciting motion-based simulator ride SciTours.


San Diego Aerospace Museum - The San Diego Aerospace Museum brings to life aviation's rich heritage through a dazzling collection of over 65 U.S. and foreign aircraft and spacecraft. 


San Diego Automotive Museum - Located in lovely Balboa Park, the San Diego Automotive Museum showcases over 80 classic and historically significant vehicles from horseless carriages to 50's favorites, from muscle cars to motorcycles--even innovations of the future!


San Diego Convention Center - Online guide to shopping, lodging, dining, attractions and recreation in San Diego.


San Diego Museum of Art - This historic museum's renowned collections include Renaissance and Baroque masters, 19th-century European, Asian, and American art. The museum also features acclaimed international exhibitions.


San Diego Opera - Performing January through May, the San Diego Opera offers visitors brilliant productions which feature world-renowned artists.


San Diego Railroad Museum - The San Diego Railroad Museum, operated by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of railroads as they existed in the Pacific Southwest.


San Diego Wild Animal Park - Opened to the public on May 10, 1972, the San Diego Wild Animal Park is a unique adventure -- a zoo unlike traditional zoos -- in which animals roam in entire herds and flocks, in enclosures measured in acres rather than feet.


San Diego Zoo - The 100-acre World-Famous San Diego Zoo is home over 3,800 animals of 800 different species.


Seaport Village - Seaport Village is a 14-acre waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex, recreating a harborside setting of a century ago.  Visitors can enjoy 59 unique shops, 4 bayfront restaurants, 13 eateries, 4 miles of walkways, and a 1/4-mile boardwalk along the bay which provides spectacular views of San Diego's harbor.


SeaWorld - See the world-famous Shamu show, play with dolphins, see the world's largest display of sharks, and see truly amazing animals all in this one of a kind amusement park.


USS Midway Museum - The USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Go to sea without leaving port!  Explore more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 25 restored aircraft. Located in downtown San Diego.


The Wave Waterpark - "The Wave" is a state of the art waterpark located in the beautiful city of Vista, California. "The Wave" was completed in 1994 & consists of 3 acres of pure aquatic fun. "The Wave" boasts four 35' tall water slides, ranging from 87' to 330' in length. The park is home to the "Flow Rider" continuous waves.


Useful links:
• Application cover sheet
• Eligibility criteria
• Principles of Civility

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