San Diego
Balboa Park hosting "real pirate" exhibit
Arghh! San Diego is the place to be, matey, as the 1 Natural History Museum puts on a special pirates exhibit through September 28. The museum is in Balboa Park, home to many other museums and attractions, and the exhibit will be National Geographic's "Real Pirates -- the Untold Story of the Whydah."

The Whydah was the first completely authenticated pirate ship found in U.S. waters, and the exhibit will include treasures and artifacts from the ship. The exhibit looks at early 18th-century piracy by displaying more than 200 artifacts recovered from the sea. The exhibits tell the true story of the Whydah, which sank just off Cape Cod early 300 years ago.

Among the artifacts are treasure chests of gold and coins, cannons, pistols, knives, jewelry and an actual ship replica.

The Natural History Museum is one of several museums in Balboa Park, home of the San Diego Zoo. You might set aside several hours for the zoo, but you literally will have to come back over several days to see everything at Balboa Park. Altogether there are 15 museums located in the scenic part of San Diego.

The warm weather makes is a fun experience any time of the year to walk through the park and check out the many interesting attractions. The park is picturesque with its historic architecture and lush landscaping.

Many of the buildings were put here during one of two historic expositions. In 1915 and 1916, this was the location of the Panama-California Exposition. In 1935 and 1936, they held the California Pacific International Exposition in this location. Exposition and the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition. Throughout the park you find ornate designs common during the first part of the 20th Century.

When you visit Balboa Park, stop in at the Visitor Center where you can buy combo passes to visit most of the museums for one flat price.
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