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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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+1 619-239-0512
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic...

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.

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Lots of places to stop and see inside the park

Cactus Garden, Rose Garden, painted walkways, reasonable priced artist shops, food vendors, water fountains, ampitheater, huge rooted trees, and that's just what we saw in our... read more

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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cactus Garden, Rose Garden, painted walkways, reasonable priced artist shops, food vendors, water fountains, ampitheater, huge rooted trees, and that's just what we saw in our short visit. Parking is free. There are places to grab a bit to eat or coffee. We walked around for an hour or two and there was so much to see. Lots of places... More 

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texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

liked the air and space museum the best also the golf course is mot bad just a fun place to hang out with the family. Liked it.

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Hayward, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Parking is free. Several museums (most want a donation). I went on a bus tour and had only 90 minutes to walk around. There was a Japanese tea garden fast food place to grab a bowl of something. The buildings were restored from a 1915 Pan Colombian Exhibition. Good photo ops. Get a map from their visitor center. You can... More 

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Roswell, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You could spend an entire day here. There are many museums, restaurants, artists, gardens, walkways, and of course the zoo. We did not do all the museums- we ate lunch first at The Prado which was delicious, then we went to the Photography museum- which was cool. What we enjoyed the most though was walking around the "streets" of the... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great place to still for the day. Eleven museums on the Prado and more just to the south end. So much to see. Beautiful architecture. Was the host for the "world Fair" the year the Panama Canal opened giving the east coast access to the west.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a morning walking around the park. Beautiful park, gardens and architecture. Great for walking and people watching as well as many museum options. Want to go back and enjoy the zoo and museums next time.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked up the hill (long hill) from the gaslamp district to maybe the most amazing park I've ever visited. What wonderful surprise to find beautiful landscaping, lovely walkways, amazing architecture, 17 museums, famous San Diego Zoo, a great cafe etc. etc. Really you could spend 2 weeks in this park and not see everything! Very good informational and directional... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Balboa Park is a gem just north of downtown San Diego. The buildings in the central plaza where built for the Panama American Exposition in 1913 in the Spanish style and now house a variety of museums. Even if you don't go inside the architecture alone is absolutely stunning. It's a wonderful place to wander and a photographer's dream. Balboa... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

...including Pokémon Go! Free wifi throughout the park! Lovely crowds, helpful staff and all of the museums are here in one convenient place! Incredible! Fresh air and sunshine. Check to see if your hotel has a shuttle that can drop you off/pick you up from here :)

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Drake, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A huge park with something for everyone. Be sure to check out the rose garden and right by that, the cactus garden. You might be tired at the end of the day, so check out the bus number ahead of time that will take you right back to the convention center or the Green Line - I think it's bus... More 

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