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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed yesterday

Balboa Park is beautiful! Lots of museums and spots to picnic. Parking is free!! Come spend some time in this park!

Thank Spicysalty
Reviewed yesterday

There is always something new. We always bring our friends and family from out of town to visit. The architectural is always impressive.

Thank UandMeTravellers
Reviewed yesterday

The zoo is in the park, but all the other museums and shops could take all day. Two must sees: Spanish Art Village and Museum of Modern Man I believe it is.

Thank Michael T
Reviewed yesterday

So much to see and do-museums, perfect landscaping and World renowned zoo. Indoor/outdoor events year round

Thank jeriannesmith
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This close to downtown regroups many museums and cultural activities. The entrance to the park, botanical gardens and some museums is free. Some others not. Intresting Spanish Renaissance architecture.

Thank longtravel09
Reviewed yesterday

The park is huge. There are 17 museums. We only wen t to two. The Japanese gardens were lovely and the San Diego Art Museum had fantastic pictures.

Thank ZeebruggeExplorer
Reviewed 2 days ago

Balboa Park is one of those rare tourist sites that really needs to be visited multiple times to be fully appreciated. Were there for a wedding Saturday evening. Returned just to walk around at sunset another evening. Would have gone back one more time if...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked around Balboa Park, exploring and taking pictures. The weather was great and the people who worked there were friendly and helpful. We went on a couple dirt trails and those had great views and vistas.

Thank Aimee F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent a whole day here but sadly didn't have the time to see everything but almost. The scooters that you can hire inside the park are a brilliant idea it helps you get around so much faster.

Thank Debra J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Something for everyone. First started going to Balboa with my parents at the age of 5. Every time my dad had active duty in SD, always made at least one trip to the Park. During law school, lived about 4 blocks from Balboa and spent...More

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pam e
16 September 2018|
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Response from ThomasH5779 | Property representative |
You can drive through the park and there is plenty of parking, especially at the Inspiration Point parking lot on Park Blvd. A tram will take you up to the heart of the park. It runs every 15 minutes or so. I use Lyft (or... More
28 April 2018|
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Response from ThomasH5779 | Property representative |
Each Tuesday some of the museums are open free of charge to residents. The Timpken Museum and the Botanical Building are open free of charge. Your best bet is to stop at the Visitor Center in the House of Hospitality and... More