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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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  • Balboa Park
    Amy A
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    5 Jun 25, 2014

    Gorgeous paths for quiet nature walks or runs, bird watching, etc. Enjoy golfing or playing frisbee disk golf at Morley Field.

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    Veronica Raye
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    5 Jun 10, 2014

    Such a San Diego Gem, museums, children's playground, gardens, the SD Zoo, trails, large lawns, events, it's really got it all! It's especially fun to visit during the holidays & see the Festival of Lights.

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  • Balboa Park
    Audra Leigh "SanDiegoCheers.com"
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    5 Jan 12, 2014

    Balboa park is great for many reason. You can walk around the property for exercise, learn from the different museums, catch a show at the Imax or head to the zoo which is next door. I've even seen a play here, which was fantastic. And the restaurant is divine!

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  • Balboa ParkPro 2014
    Kat
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    5 Sep 13, 2013

    This place never gets old. Lots of family friendly things to do. Love coming here, any season!

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    Kat Sun
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    5 Jul 12, 2014

    Balboa Park is a great spot for families and dates! There are a number of museums (there's at least 1 with free admission, the others have a fee) and the gardens and fountains are beautiful. I love the intricate architecture of the outside of the buildings. This is a great spot to spend a few hours walking around and exploring the area. In the summer, you're bound to come across a few weddings.

    On Sundays, the UN International Houses are open for viewing. Next time I'm in SD, hopefully I'll be able to go. The Puerto Rico house had a cooking class in progress when my family was here on Saturday; the others were closed.

    There's free parking, but you may find yourself circling around mid-day.

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  • Balboa Park
    Tamar M
    5 Jun 29, 2014

    Photographer's Dream! This place is so scenic. We love to take our cameras and capture all the beautiful plant and animal life.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Jun 10, 2014

    Unlike tourist traps like Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco or Hollywood Boulevard in LA, San Diego's Balboa Park is popular with visitors for good reason. On a sunny Sunday (and you can bet that any given Sunday is going to be sunny here in SD), you could easily spend the whole day just wandering around, finding secret gardens, watching craftspeople at work in Spanish Village, wandering through all of the top-class museums, or just reading a book on the great lawn outside the botanical building. One surprisingly cool little find is the United Nations houses, each dedicated to a different country and displaying museum-quality artwork inside.

    Tip: To avoid weekend traffic jams, don't drive into the park across the Cabrillo Bridge to El Prado, which can take 30 minutes and lead to no parking whatsoever. Instead, enter and park at the south end of the park near the air and space museum, then walk north to El Prado.

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  • Balboa Park
    Patrick C
    5 Jun 10, 2014

    15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens, exhibits, gardens, plays, concerts. Sooo many things to do!

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  • Balboa Park
    Connie A
    5 Apr 16, 2014

    Balboa Park is a 1200 acre urban cultural park. It contains the zoo,museums several theaters and open space and walking trails. It also has green belts and gardens.
    It was opened in 1868 and has been named a National Historic Landmark .
    If you have never been a day or more could easily be spent there.
    The architecture is truly magnificent

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  • Balboa Park
    Stephanie S
    5 Mar 22, 2014

    A San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions laid out among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park. The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM daily, the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice and more.

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  • Balboa Park
    peter jennings
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    5 Mar 21, 2014

    This a great place to pass time in San Diego. There is so much to do here. There are museums, international houses, nature walks, local vendors selling arts and crafts, a velodrome to name but a few. December nights is great a great event as all of the museums are free.

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    Andrea L
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    5 Mar 12, 2014

    Balboa Park is a giant and awesome park in the middle of San Diego. There's something for everyone here. There's a dog park, several museums, cafes, and lots of area to just relax, have a picnic, or go for a bike ride. It's even pretty to just drive though.

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  • Balboa Park
    Wesley B
    5 Jan 16, 2014

    With many world renowned museums, fairs and events, Balboa Park has a little something for everyone!

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  • Balboa Park
    Linda D
    5 Dec 15, 2013

    Balboa Park has so much to see and do. There are gardens, hiking trails and many interesting museums. However, The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a must see for young and old.

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    Mike Rose
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    5 Nov 28, 2013

    There is so much to see and do in Balboa Park. Go for a walk. Visit a museum (or 2 or 3.....or 4). Look at all the different types of plants. Explore the architecture. Or just relax and do some people watching. You can pretty much do it all in Balboa Park

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  • Balboa Park
    Sunny G
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    5 Nov 20, 2013

    Beautiful architecture and gardens. Great locale for a wedding (attended one here). Piles of museums that have something for everyone!

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  • Balboa Park
    Todd D
    5 Nov 14, 2013

    Great for everyone to visit. Free admission into most Museums. Experience the culture of San Diego.

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  • Balboa Park
    Yolanda H
    5 Oct 31, 2013

    Beautiful is the only word for this park! There are historic buildings from The Worlds Fair to enjoy at this location along with many museums and other attractions. The Old Globe Theatre is located in this park.

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  • Balboa Park
    Terry W
    5 Oct 14, 2013

    Natural History, Man, Ruben H Fleet Space Theater, Children's, Train Museums, Arboretum, Restaurants

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  • Balboa Park
    Catherine
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    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Huge park filled with so many things to do! It is gorgeous here with plenty of gardens and fountains in the middle. There are also lots of museums to see, and depending on the day, there may be shows as well! It's a great place to bring the kids and family, and it is enough to do to fill up your day!

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5.0 out of 5
359 member's reviews
14,534 people visited Balboa Park
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    Visitor's Center: Daily 9:30a-4:30p; park open 24-hours daily
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    (619) 239-0512

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Balboa Park is a massive urban park in San Diego, California. Along with countless green spaces and gardens, the park is home to multiple museums, shops, restaurants and, most famously, the San Diego Zoo. Many of the buildings within the park were built for California expos in the early twentieth century, and are now protected as prime examples of architecture from that period.