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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #13 of 236 activities in San Diego
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Type: Parks, Gardens, Playgrounds
Activities: Biking, City walk sightseeing, Walking, Viewing wildlife, Getting married
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you go with your family with youngchildren they will not be disappointed with the science museum. If you are car lovers a visit to the automobile museum showing antique cars is exciting.. If you are interested in art do visit the museum of art there. If you love flowers a visit to the green house is a must. If... More

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umchenz
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A great park inside the city. It is beautiful. Lots of museums inside the park. Can easily spend the whole day if you decide to see some museums, otherwise it is 2 to 3 hours visit. Very close to the Zoo. I liked it.

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Staten Island, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Went during the evening to a little geocaching. Was a serene and beautiful part of our day. Would have liked to have the time to visit more but we were leaving the next morning. Lots of caches in the area !

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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

With so many museums nearby and the zoo located in the park this is so convenient for people living in San Diego and near S.D. I visited the zoo and Air and Space Museum. This is very well maintained and beautiful.

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El Cajon, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've been visiting Balboa Park all my life. It's always been a pleasure just strolling through the park without a destination in mind. It has so much to offer, with so many different museums, places to eat (The Prada) and other places including the zoo's restaurants, the Old Globe Theater, places to shop and of course the world famous San... More

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99 reviews 99 reviews
35 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Wow! This place has it all. It's larger than Central Park! It has history, museums, theater, The Prado restaurant, and so much more. There are new things to explore each time. There is an amazing free musical organ show, Sundays for sure, (check times),& check out the international houses on Sunday. If there is something playing at the theater, check... More

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Exton, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Most people know Balboa Park for the San Diego Zoo. The park itself, however, is filled with museums, gardens, and sites worth exploring. We only had time for a quick visit to the automotive museum, but it was worth every minute. Another great find was the Tea Room which served Japanese-style meals (self-serve style) with outdoor tables. The lunch we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Wow what an adventure! If you are hosting a HUGE party you can not get a better venue! 6 museums beautiful parks! Great family adventure!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Had a great time walking around the park. We had our dogs with us so we could not go to the museums. Will definitely go back to visit them. Loved seeing the architecture of all the old buildings. Beautiful gardens and colorful trees and flowers all around. I live in the desert so I really enjoyed seeing this. The art... More

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Yorba Linda, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I absolutely LOVE Balboa Park! We recently went to the Pirates! exhibit at the Natural History Museum and though the price was a bit steep, it was worth it to this history and pirate buff. The Timken Museum has some amazing classical paintings (including a Rembrandt and a Rubens) and it's free! I was a little disappointed in the Museum... More

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