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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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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%
Travellers talk about
“beautiful park” (616 reviews)
“japanese garden” (233 reviews)
“rose garden” (239 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 via mobile

Balboa Park is simply the best attraction in San Diego. Period! They are very well organized and the place is so neat. Mark

Thank Belinda I
Reviewed yesterday

This park is an excellent place to have any thing. There are little parts to explore, like the outdoor amphitheater, the Japanese gardens, the zoo, the museums, etc. We recently had a family reunion and used the park for a scavenger hunt. It was great!...More

Thank Alisi W
Reviewed yesterday

Incomparable jewel of San Diego. Weather you like horticulture, history, art, dining, or arts and crafts, it has it all. Great for people watching

Thank asingermd
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It takes several days to visit the park. It has many fascinating exhibits and things to do. One day we visited ate Aerospace museum and the automotive museum. Another day we went to the Man museum and Art museum. Then another visit took us to...More

Thank Emmanuelle C
Reviewed yesterday

We came to Balboa Park on a Monday in may and overall the park is nice and has some buildings but there is nothing truly special and it's not really a must visit.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Well of course there is the zoo. But there are lots of playgrounds and playing fields, some beautiful gardens and lovely walks, some historic buildings from an old international expo. The best part of San Diego.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 days ago

For an early morning run or walk in the park, Balboa Park is the place to be. We loved the park for its many museums, its wonderful landscape, and classic architecture. Our visit to the botanical gardens was a highlight. And, lunch at The Prado...More

Thank CMH162
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful buildings, beautiful gardens, exiting and unexpected museums - especially the Mingei international people craft museum - this place has it all. Absolutely marvelous !

Thank Frenchfrog39
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are poor people with poor ways and we visited for free. All but two of the museum's cost something to enter. We asked for the free entry areas at the visitors cemter. There was one museum and the Spanish Arts Park that were free....More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 2 days ago

With relatives who live within walking distance, we visit Balboa Park EVERY time we're in San Diego! What a jewel amongst so many that San Diego has to offer. With the thousands of reviews & photos, what can we add that's 'new'? Our most recent...More

Thank Still-Enjoying-Life
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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
1 June 2017|
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Response from BWWC | Reviewed this property |
Hours: The Balboa Park grounds are open 24 hours a day, the Visitors Center is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, and museum hours vary by institution. Visitors Center is located in the House of Hospitality building, near the... More