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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

Balboa Park is around 100 years old and one of our first stops anytime we are in San Diego. It is one of the largest urban parks at 1200 acres, larger than even NYC’s Central Park. We love strolling through the Spanish styles buildings and...More

Thank OutsideSuburbia
Reviewed 2 days ago

We aren't from the area so out time was limited. We walked through all of the gardens and walked through the Botanical Building. We spent only about three hours in the park, but a person could spend an entire week if you want to visit...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went to Balboa Park while away in San Diego. It was OK, but not great. Most of the good Museums you need to pay for and there weren't many that I felt worth paying for. The buidings and overall scenery on a beautiful day were...More

Thank RicRei
Reviewed 3 days ago

Spend the afternoon here. Did not have time for all the museums, but enjoyed the ambiance and access to the culture.

Thank Herbert G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So much to see! Don’t miss this fabulous park. So many museums. Pick and choose the ones you like. We rode a scooter throughout the park to see the whole thing. Enjoy every minute of it. Reserve the day.

Thank mmfred
Reviewed 4 days ago

Only got to drive through during a short convention break. Easy parking and very ornate buildings. Gardens where lovely. this is a must stop and spend time as it is on our scheduled next visit. So much to do in San Diego.

Thank sholl789
Reviewed 4 days ago

This park was created over a hundred years ago and is complimented by some of the most beautiful landscaping while having the most amazing architecture. Each of the 16 museums are housed in buildings that are representative of the style of the time. Definitely a...More

Thank Relax45264281334
Reviewed 4 days ago

I popped by last weekend to visit the Air and Space Museum to see the "Bullitt" Mustang, and was reminded what an amazing place we have in the middle of our city. I commented that if you didn't live here, you'd want to take photos...More

Thank giget8
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are looking for a place to walk through and enjoy the scenery this is it. They have an optional tour in the tower which costs extra but is worth it in my opinion. You get added history and a great view of the...More

Thank Tourist206610
Reviewed 5 days ago

Each time we come to San Diego our first stop is to Balboa Park.......the grounds are exquisite....the buildings and their archiitecture are not to be missed......Museums....first rate......the Garden House is an visual experince unto itself........time slows down here...they also have a full scale restaurant and...More

Thank teresatbeyer
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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
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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