San Diego’s largest artist community, the Spanish Village Art Center, is located inside bustling Balboa Park. Originally built in 1935 for an exposition to depict a real Spanish village, travelers can’t resist the center’s charm. Meander across the eclectic, multi-colored tiles of the village courtyard and watch the artists at work. Art collectors will love browsing pieces created by more than 200 different craftspeople. In addition to studio viewing, visitors can chat with the artists, sign up for art classes or attend special events like live art demonstrations.
Look for the Spanish Village Art Center at San Diego’s Balboa Park between the San Diego Zoo and Natural History Museum. Admission is free and the village studios run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.