Historic Cabrillo Bridge
The Cabrillo Bridge opened on April 12, 1914. The first car driven across had Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, G. Aubrey Davidson, and Mayor Charles F. O’Neall as it’s passengers. It was built for the Panama-California Exposition which took place in Balboa Park from 1915-16. The Exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which put San Diego on the map as the first American port travelers would arrive at.
The Britt Scripps Inn is located just to the west of Balboa Park. Just three blocks away is the entrance to the Park, which takes you over the Cabrillo Bridge (see map). The bridge takes you over State Route 163 into the center of of Balboa Park. The Old Globe Theatre, The Museum of Man, and the San Diego Museum of Art are all just located right over the Bridge.