Celebrities

Welcome to the Balboa Park Celebrity tour! Which Celebrities have made it into the Balboa Park Hall of Fame? You may be in for a suprise!

We will begin our journey from the iconic California Tower; Did you know this has featured in films such as Citizen Kane(1941) and Almost Famous (2000) ?

Landing at The Museum of Man we meet our polite and well natured friend C3-PO. He has featured in all seven of the Star Wars films, which one is your favorite?

Next stop, just around the corner, we find Ye 'Old Globe Theatre'. San Diego's very own replica from the original in London. And here is the famous play-write himself!

Heading through the beautiful Alcazar Gardens and down the path we can find The San Diego Automotive Museum. Heres one of many bikes that helped Evel Knievel (1938-2007) rise to stardom. Did you know that on October 25, 1975, Knievel successfully jumped his motorcycle over 14 Greyhound buses at the Kings Island theme park near Cincinnati, Ohio?

Cruising alongside Knievel we have the famous Ford Gran Torino featured in Starsky & Hutch. Which do you prefer; the 1975 Television series or the 2004 film ?

Steve McQueen (1930-1980), also known as 'The King of Cool', used motorcycles like this one to perform many of his own stunts; most notably in films such as Bullitt and The Great Escape.

Celebrity sighting at the San Diego Air & Space Museum! Sir Richard Branson (1950-present) is best known for his business entrepreneurship with the Virgin brand. Branson also has a string of world record attempts. Most notably in January 1991, he crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles, in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet.
This broke the record, with a speed of 245 miles per hour (394 km/h).

We can also find the Lockheed Vega 5B. This Plane has featured in the Film Amelia (2009), the story of the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

And now, in the Hall of Champions red corner! The Greatest. The Peoples Champion! Mohammed Ali (1942-2016)! Weighing in at 236lbs, standing 6"3 this World Boxing Heavy Weight Champion is regarded by many as the greatest of all time.
Total fights:61, Wins:56, Wins by KO:37 and Losses:5.

Alright then folks as we make our way back up to the square we pass Spreckles Organ Pavilion. Judging by our calculations, we are walking in the footsteps of the late Albert Einstein (1879-1955)! Arriving here on a research trip in 1930, the physicist was met with a warm welcome as he took to the stage to receive silver and gold plaques from the San Diego community.

Boarding the train at the Modern Railroad Museum, glance out and see Sir Rod Stewart also known as "Rod the Mod" (1945-present) through the passenger window. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide with six consecutive no.1 albums in the U.K he is also an avid model railroad enthusiast.

Now on the other side of the platform we have the great Lucille Ball (1911-1989). Did you know that not only was she an accomplished actress, comedian, model, film studio executive and producer? She was also awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one at 6436 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to motion pictures, and one at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard for television.

Last but not least, "Wouldn't it be nice" to end our day at the San Diego Zoo? We can find the shoot location of the iconic Beach Boys - Pet Sounds album cover (1966) at the children's petting zoo.

Who would have thought there would be so many Celebrities around the park? We hope you have enjoyed this Playlist and managed to avoid those pesky paparazzi!