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National City is a city in San Diego, California that is located 5 miles south of downtown San Diego, on San Diego Bay in southern San Diego County, and 10 miles north of Baja California, Mexico. The City is bordered by San Diego to the north and east, Chula Vista to the south, the unincorporated areas of Lincoln Acres and Bonita to the south and southeast, and San Diego Bay to the west.
National City is the second oldest community in San Diego and features historic sites, rich Victorian architecture, restaurants rich in history and funky flea market shopping. National City is located just minutes from Downtown San Diego and all of San Diego’s biggest attractions. Being centrally located and just minutes from Downtown San Diego makes National City close enough and far enough away from it all—and at a more affordable price.
The story of National City is actually a Kimball story. The Kimball brothers Warren, Levi and Frank were New Hampshire natives who made their way West and purchased 30,000 acres of land and developed it into the upscale community National City. The Kimball’s are accredited for building the first roads and railroad in National City. They also implemented the first post office, library, and import-export wharf and brought to the area trees that are planted throughout the city that can still be seen in present day.
Frank A Kimball House Museum & Brick Row: Soak up some National City history by visiting the Frank A. Kimball House Museum and Brick Row located across the street from the founder’s historical home. Kimball, accredited founder of National City, built the first house in the South Bay area that had indoor plumbing and built what is known as “Brick Row”, a stretch of 10-connected four bedroom homes made for railroad executives from the East Coast. Visit these historic sites on Saturday and Sundays between 11am and 1pm.
National City Depot: The historic National City Depot Museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The Santa Fe station, previously known as the California Southern Railway, was the first terminus of transcontinental rail travel in San Diego and is the oldest railroad structure and still in its original location.
National City Golf Course: known as a hidden gem of National City, National City Golf Course is a public 9-hole golf course suited for beginners and advanced players. Best described by American Golf’s website: “With on par five, 5 par fours, and three par 3’s, National City Golf Course allows you to use every club in the bag, while being accessible to younger players and the casual golfer”.
National City Parks: National City is the home to many iconic parks. The El Toyon Parks is a 25-acre facility that includes basketball and tennis courts, baseball, soccer and football fields, picnic areas, unleashed dog park and playground. Kimball Park, a 20-acre facility includes: a skate park, baseball and tennis courts and basketball courts. In addition to the sporting amenities Kimball Park includes a recreation center, City Civic Center, Public Library, Arts Center, Martin Luther King Community Center and amphitheater. Pepper Park is a 5+ acre facility that has a boat launch, fishing pier and Aquatic Center. The Las Palmas Park is a 30-acre facility that includes a recreation center, Olympic-size pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic and playground areas and snack counter.
Historic Restaurants: National City restaurants are equally rich in history. Café La Maze, founded in 1935, was a restaurant built as a stop along the way for the Hollywood Crowd to enjoy on the way to Tijuana, Mexico during the prohibition and a last chance to gamble at the restaurants hidden gambling room above the restaurants. Niederfrank’s Ice Cream, known for its famed frosty treats, is another National City gem. Opened in 1948 the same freezers are still being used today for these famous frosty treats.
Mile of Cars: home to one of the first “auto malls” in the world, National City Boulevard comprises 21 new car dealerships which is known as Mile of Cars. First established in the early 1900’s when the first motor car was introduced it was only a matter of time before other car franchises would move in and take advantage selling cars at the auto mall.
Swap Meet: The National City Swap Meet is located at 3201 D Avenue in National City, California and is the oldest swap meet in San Diego County with over 800 vendors across 25 acres. The National City Swap Meet is open on weekends 7am to 3pm and is the perfect outdoor flea market to find discounts on fabrics, clothing, toys and household items.
National City’s School District consists of 10 public schools offering grades K-6 and one Preschool Center. Sweetwater Union High School District comprised of four campuses in National City offering grades 7-12. Southwestern Community College District is in downtown National City.