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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic paradise is packed with an array of attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“japanese garden” (294 reviews)
“rose garden” (281 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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+1 619-239-0512
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"japanese garden"
in 294 reviews
"rose garden"
in 281 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 325 reviews
"prado restaurant"
in 200 reviews
"international houses"
in 100 reviews
"spanish village"
in 223 reviews
"the natural history museum"
in 191 reviews
"organ pavilion"
in 123 reviews
"air and space museum"
in 204 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 163 reviews
"fleet science center"
in 101 reviews
"street performers"
in 115 reviews
"walk around"
in 187 reviews
"day pass"
in 93 reviews
"parador"
in 388 reviews
"art"
in 604 reviews
"zoo"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had SUCH an amazing time exploring this place ... it’s not really a “park” like any other - it’s more a massive cultural hub that happens to be in a beautiful peaceful park. There are art museums , the history museum , science museum ,...More

Thank Kristina G
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We didn't arrive until around 11am and went in the big parking lot at Inspiration point. We were surprised that there was plenty of parking available. We waited for the free shuttle, and quickly learned that you have to hustle to get a seat. We...More

Thank Saxeygirl
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Reviewed 2 days ago

museums are free entrance, at least the ones we visited, nice enviroment, music, places for pictures

Thank MD2help
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great place to stroll around. We visited the Museum of Man which we enjoyed as it was very unique. We watched the film on aircraft carriers in the IMAX Theatre in the Science Center which was timely as we had just visited The Midway...More

Thank 2butterfly
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Probably the best collection of an amazing variety of museums you’ll find. Set in the beautiful park and surrounding historical buildings from from two World Expositions I the early 1900’s. Hard to pick our favorite museum, but the Air and Space Museum, Automobile Museum and...More

Thank Lee S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Having lived in San Diego for years, Balboa Park has so much to offer. Great on the weekends, but crowded. If you can go during the middle of the week, will be easier to see everything minus the crowds.

Thank bfblank
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Balboa park is simply the best! There is something for everyone here! We went 2 days in a row and I wish I'd gone 7 consecutive days, but we had so many other things lined up. I will be taking another trip in the fall...More

Thank butterflyalibop
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The park has something for everybody. This trip we hit the Museum of Man and Spanish Village. The kids love to just walk around the shops and talk to the artists.

Thank Tadd63
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fridays are fun because there are food trucks. And any other day is fun too. There's usually lots of people walking around. Sometimes musicians playing music off to the side or ladies doing henna tattoos or balloon animals. There are also lots of museums to...More

Thank p0kad0ts0n
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Like Central Park, this park has so many joyous surprises. I have gone there since childhood and still find new places to see. The Zoo is ok, but treat yourself to the long strolls to the upgraded museums and the wonderful gardens throughout. If you...More

Thank DBuksh
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stclareray
28 April 2018|
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Response from Dileep B | Reviewed this property |
Park is free for everyone, but museums have entry fee.
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stclareray
28 April 2018|
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Response from Professional-Pilgrim | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Stclarera in Brizzie! When we went to Balboa Park in late February, 2018, we each paid USD 46.00 for a one-day Explorer Adult Pass. This entitled us to one admission to our choice of up to five different museums. In... More
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KrithikRaj
9 April 2018|
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Response from raafatalaraji00 | Reviewed this property |
The park 24 hours but the museums are open regular times from 8am-5pm
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