Hmmm ... thanks for the responses so far people. I do like visiting galleries, but that's not really what I was looking for. I'm looking for centers that offer classes, workshops, seminars, darkroom rentals, etc... that sort of thing. With a focus on Photography - traditional and historical even better.
I've been to the Getty and Balboa Park in SD. Great places to see pics, I agree. Freestyle is fantastic store and I've been there several times too. They've outsourced their workshops to Julia Dean, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I was hoping that there was a gem in the sand - like a La La Land Center for Photographic Arts that has alternative printing workshops once a month, outings in the summer, darkroom rentals at a discount, etc... alas, I can dream ...