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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 via mobile

Such a beautiful park and so much to see and do. There is always something going on, and excellent museums are a must.

Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I visited Balboa Park during December Nights which was a very cool experience. It is a very large crowd so be prepared. There is lots of waking required and there are some hills. Make sure you use the main entrance. I scootered in and out...More

Thank E820BFjillh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the serendipity of being there for December Nights. This is a very large gathering of all kinds of exhibits and food opportunities. They have about 350,000 people come on the first full weekend in December. This is on Friday and Saturday nights. During...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

You can easily spend many happy hours here. The restuarant foods seemed high priced and I would suggest picnicing or buying food elsewhere if you can.

Thank Dee C
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place to relax and walk out jet-lag. This park is full of history, interesting buildings and gorgeous gardens.

Thank Kristen W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Balboa Park is incredibly tranquil and beautiful. The park is 1,700 acres of pure beauty and cultural experiences. The Park is within walking distance, a bus ride away or an Uber/Lyft ride away from downtown San Diego. It houses many museums and lush gardens that...More

Thank PhylissB1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Located near downtown San Diego, this park is one of the best in the country. It offers a very relaxing experience as well as many fun things to do. A very good place to run and exercise but also many fun attractions inside buildings such...More

Thank vegasrugbyref
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a trip to the park mainly to go to the zoo which needs no review as it is well renowned for its brilliance, but a walk around the rest of the park is a treat loads to see museum's, nature ,hidden shops,and only a...More

Thank ian h
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the Museum of Art and was very pleased with the paintings and sculptures inside.It's $10 entrance donation for Seniors.Such a big place to walk and we enjoyed their gardens,there's little restaurants and eating places around,i love the pond with water lilies and ducks.There's...More

Thank 747goodlife
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came here for a walk after a trip to the Zoo with friends. Such a great choice of museums with reasonable entry fees. I especially enjoyed the Museum of Photographic Art.

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30 October 2018|
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Response from Michael W | Property representative |
Hello, Jacqueline! The "famous" Moreton Bay Fig tree on the North side of the San Diego Natural History Museum is fenced off to prevent damage, however there are several different fig and other big trees in the park, some... More
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
3 September 2018|
Response from MamaThornSt | Reviewed this property |
I certainly recommend using Lyft, Uber , taxi or bus service to facilitate ease of access to Balboa Park. Since there is a wealth of activities at the Park, locals as well as tourists are vying for a limited amount of... More