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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 today via mobile

Unbelievable just gorgeous loved every second of my walks through the park. Information desk was awesome. Don’t miss it

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JC D
Reviewed today via mobile

The kids and adults loved the Fleet Science building. We watch a noon imax movie. Also, we spent a few hours at the railroad museum. All done via volunteers!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Balboa Park seems to be San Diego's center for everything. I've never visited another city that has so many wonderful cultural, historical and scientific attractions in one place. The beautiful architecture and grounds help to make it a great experience.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MNPeach
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a nice gem in the middle of San Diego. Museums, zoo, largest outdoor organ in the world. Walking paths and parking available.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MatthewJPeacock
Reviewed yesterday

Close to USS Midway, nice boardwalk and shops, restaurants. I stayed at HYATT across the street so very close to me for daily walk. Safe and family oriented. Visit the kite shop and buy the youngsters a kite to fly right there on the grassy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brian T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice place in San Diego for a peaceful walk and get away from the city life and traffic for couple of hours. During summer they play the biggest outdoor pipe organ free of charge to the public. The park also has multiple museums and world...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank moontaker
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were told we MUST go to Balboa Park.It was a beautiful Sunday and even though the park was very crowded, we enjoyed it thoroughly. There are many museums within the Park, some free, some not, but all of interest. We especially enjoyed the small...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EllenJMM
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful place to visit. They have museums, rose gardens, Japanese friendship garden and right next door is the World Famous San Diego Zoo!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Hot48cricket
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was here 45 years ago as a teen and it left a great impression on me then. This is even more beautiful and well - developed than I remember. Good variety of food, out door activity, gardens, art, just a great time for families...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LoveTravel402494
Reviewed 3 days ago

We only have about an hour to spend here before our flight. Luckily we found a parking spot right away. We went to the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) to buy my son some photographic t-shirts and walked around in that area. I also took...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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12 March 2019|
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Response from Michael W | Property representative |
Hello there! Ride share services come to the park frequently. I suggest telling the driver to take you to the Prado restaurant - it is in the heart/center of the park, and their GPS will guide them. Otherwise, the park is... More
6 February 2019|
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Response from Michael W | Property representative |
The organ concerts happen weekly on Sundays at 2 pm. There are concerts at less regular times as well; if you search Spreckels Organ Society you will find the website for the organ, which includes a calendar and... More
Mariam S
11 December 2018|
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Response from Michael W | Property representative |
In general the grounds are free to visit, as is Spanish Village Art Center. Otherwise each museum has its own admission policy/cost, and The Old Globe Theatre has its own fee for performances. A cost-effective way to visit... More