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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
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Private Tour: Balboa Park in San Diego
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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%
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“beautiful park” (614 reviews)
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“rose garden” (232 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed yesterday

So beautiful, the museums are terrific, especially the San Diego Museum of Art, the aromatic flowers, the Prado restaurant, and wonderful people watching.

Thank beeeeeebs
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful area. There are many museums to see or its a great place just to walk and people watch. My favorite is the gardens (across the road), and the history of man has some wild exhibits across from the main building.

Thank bobdelw
Reviewed yesterday

Spent a great day at Balboa Park, beautiful architecture in the old buildings and lovely gardens (especially the Botanical and Rose garden). Free shuttle to get you around the grounds and from the parking lot as well. Lunch in the restaurant was a bit pricy...More

Thank Allan R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved the park but didn't get the full value from our day passes to the museums! Air and space was cool, as was the museum of man. Science not worth it.

Thank Hayley B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful San Diego day to wander around the Park. Did the ranger tour (only o.k. for this guide), Museum of Man, Photography Museum (exhibits rotate every 4 months), the Arboretum, some changes since our last visit, San Diego History Museum. And a great lunch at...More

Thank L R S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Whenever friends or family come to town and they want to do touristy stuff, we take them to Balboa Park. TIP: Book a Segway tour of the Park to really cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. Also your list should...More

Thank FlySleepEat
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Balboa park is a very big park with beautiful buildings, fountains, old trees, an artists' village and museums. Don't miss it when in San Diego!

Thank ArizonaPete15
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Balboa park was beautiful. My teenager enjoyed it to the fullest. Weather was beautiful as well. A must see

Thank Tara J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Don't miss Balboa Park. I would recommend researching all of the museums and other things the park has to offer before going, as the park is large with so much to see. I really enjoyed the Spanish Art Village, with it's colors, decor and art...More

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Arrived here via an Old Town Trolley Tour and what a lovely surprise. A large open and free park with plenty of space to wander, picnic or have family fun. There was a stage and several buildings to look over. You could easily spend half...More

Thank annettelaurie
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We purchased the Balboa Park Pass and would love advice about planning how much time to spend in each museum. I realize this is subjective, but a rough estimate would be useful. My wife and I are 56 and it will just be us the first week of July. You could simply put an A, B, C, or D in front of each museum: A. 30 minutes or less; B. up to an hour max; C. 1 to 2 hours; D. 2+ hours. Here is the list:Centro Cultural de la Raza George W. Marston House Mingei International Museum Museum of Photographic Arts Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego Art Institute San Diego Automotive Museum San Diego Hall of Champions San Diego History Center San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Man San Diego Natural History Museum Timken Museum of Art Veterans Museum and Memorial Center Mineral and Gem Society Japanese Gardens Thank you!
25 June 2017|
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Response from Stephanie M | Reviewed this property |
Automotive Museum: 1hr, Air and Space: 1.25 hours, Model Railroad Museum was sort of disappointing: 1/2 hour, Museum of Man: 1 hour, Natural History Museum: 1.5 hours
How long does it take to see all of Balboa park if we are driving in sometime around noon/lunch hour? We want to eat there, see the Spanish Art Center, Sculpture Garden, Botanical Garden, and maybe a museum or 2. Should we plan to eat dinner and lunch there? Are there nightly shows at the Organ Pavilion?
3 June 2017|
Response from Annette G | Reviewed this property |
If you truly want to take in the sights, yes I would plan on spending the afternoon and early evening there. You might want to check online for shows at the organ pavilion, there were nine scheduled the time we were there... More
Noticed most museums don't open until 10:00. Are the gardens, etc open earlier? Thank you!
1 June 2017|
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Response from Gösta R | Reviewed this property |
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