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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
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went on a very sunny January morning and really enjoyed strolling round drinking in the atmosphere. We didn’t visit any of the museums but enjoyed popping into the botanical garden and the Spanish Village.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TheRelfster
Reviewed today

This was my first time visiting Balboa Park and it will certainly not be my last. This place was amazing. Every corner you turned was another beautiful site. I wish I had time to visit some of the museums. It was also one of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ScottsdaleDave
Reviewed yesterday

We had a great time at the park so many things to see and do. We went on a Sunday and on that day there is a concert at the worlds largest outdoor pipe organ which was very good. There are many street performers there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maurice B
Reviewed yesterday

There is so much to do in this fabulous park, the few hours we spent here didn't do it justice. We did mostly free stuff - of which there are many. You could spend a week here and probably not see everything. Excellent place -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LoveMyFamily6
Reviewed yesterday

Bountiful views, with awesome people. I hope all enjoy themselves as much as I have. You must see for yourself!!!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank john m
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I took a walk with my cousin around the park. It is a very large park, and it includes the San Diego Zoo, many museums, some gardens, and other attractions. There is parking on the surrounding streets for free.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TennisStar602
Reviewed 2 days ago

In a beautiful location of gardens, historic buildings and walking paths, Balboa Park is truly a gem. The venue has a multitude of museums to visit and there is truly something for everyone. Art, science, history, galleries, shops--and the zoo is phenomenal. This is definitely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank aliceann1
Reviewed 2 days ago

So much to see and do and a wide variety of attractions for everyone. The San Diego Zoo is located here and a must see for animal lovers. The paths are easy to follow and will take you thru lush foliage, gardens, and park exhibits....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judith B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Every time I visit Balboa Park I notice something different. I visited the museum in park which had the Speed attraction. As usual Balboa Park is never disappointing! Anyone visiting San Diego should place Balboa Park at the top of their list.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank skip1065
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take the day and walk around Balboa Park. Ride bikes all around and enjoy in the people watching. There are a lot of street performers there playing harps, guitars, and some strange other ones. enjoy the beautiful botanical and rose gardens. the Museum of art...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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
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
pam e
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