On September 28, 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed at San Diego Bay. This event marked the first time that Europeans had set foot on what later became the west coast of the United States. To get there, follow State Highway 209 south, from Interstate Highways I-5 or I-8, to the tip of Point Loma.
Located in Presidio Park above Old Town State Historic Park, this striking mission-style building was constructed in 1929 to commemorate the site where Father Junipero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portola established the first mission and fortified settlement in present-day California. The museum showcases artifacts such as housewares, period clothing, furniture, tools and a cannon and cannonballs from the Native American, Spanish and Mexican periods through 1848. An on-site summer archaeological program offers a fascinating link to San Diego's past and its importance as California's cornerstone. The museum store offers a complete selection of books on early San Diego and California history appropriate for children and adults.
The purpose of this mission was to plant a foothold for the new empire of Spain in North America, especially in California. This mission was originally built in 1769, by Father Junipero Serra. It has a 46-ft. tall bell tower. Located at 10818 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego, CA.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855 the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1991 the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point. Located at the Cabrillo National Monument.
Experience aviation's history from the Wright Flyer to the Space Shuttle...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 on display for your education and enjoyment. Glimpse the dawn of powered flight at Kittyhawk. Recapture the days of aerial combat during World War I, when fighter planes like the Spad, the Nieuport and the Albatros flew the skies over France. Located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA.
Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is the world's largest operating model railroad exhibit. This unique museum has four enormous scale model layouts depicting railroads of the southwest in O, HO and N scales; a toy train gallery with hands-on controls for children; an LGB modular layout; numerous artifacts and displays including a centralized tower control machine, working semaphore, and crossing signal.
Dedicated to all Firefighters, the Firehouse Museum displays a large collection of fire-fighting equipment and memorabilia from across the country and around the world. This amazing story of fire-fighting is displayed in memorabilia, photographs and equipment. Come see what our fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers had to use when it came to fighting fires. Located at 1572 Columbia St., San Diego, CA.