|After nailing down some reservations for the LA area we drove to Balboa Park to check out some museums. Out of the twenty plus museums in this area we picked two as well as one garden to visit. We went to the Air and Space Museum first. This was a nice museum with displays and aircraft from WWI to the space program. We were a little put off at first because several planes were obvious mock-ups. Then we read that they had a fire in 1978 and lost 54 planes. They had spent years trying to replace those aircraft. As I said the museum was nicely laid out and very educational. We particularly liked the WWII Corsair that had been severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina. It was given to the Air and Space Museum to restore and it was better than new.
Then we visited the Model Railroad Museum. This entailed 7 or 8 rooms with multiple tracks. Trains were in O, HO, N gauge and two rooms had toy trains which were larger. Each room is handled by a different model railroad club who built the layout and stand-by to make sure the trains run properly. One of the rooms was actually under construction. It was fascinating to see behind the scenes. The children of all ages seemed to be having a grand time.
We also walked through a small garden called the Zoro Garden. This had lots of flowers and shrubs that would attract butterflies and indeed we spotted a few Monarchs. The seemed a little overgrown, but it was pretty. We walked through a courtyard that housed several artists studios,but it seemed most of them were closed for the afternoon. It would be interesting to see this area on a week-end although I'm not sure about fighting the crowds.