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Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-239-0512
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Ranked #2 of 499 things to do in San Diego
Type: Gardens, Playgrounds, Fun & Games, Nature & Parks
Activities: Biking, City walk sightseeing, Walking, Viewing wildlife, Getting married
Fee: No
Owner description: One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this...
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Type: Gardens, Playgrounds, Fun & Games, Nature & Parks
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 Diego Zoo.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
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Holland
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98 reviews 98 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Having visited the Zoo we went here for short walk, nice and relaxed but not especially to get exited about for us, who are global travellers form Europe. we went in musuem, nice it is there for general education but living nearby the greatest musea in the Netherands we donot get thrilled to see one Raphaél, allthough ...very true...it is... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This landmark park offers a great outdoor experience for the whole family - and so convenient to public transportation!

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

What a gem, right in the middle of the city, with so many thing to do. The architecture is amazing, the gardens beautiful, the museums a marvel. Unfortunately, we didn't allocate enough time this trip, but will be back, for sure.

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visit on a weekend and what an k say, Balboa park is very Awesome such nice grounds and the museums are very interesting, the flower garden is very cute but my favorite spot is the Rose garden that's is so beautiful so many roses and they smell soo good Totally recommend it to anyone no just as a tourist but... More 

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Plano, Texas, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A nice place to walk around and look. My only complaint is that the museums and exhibits are very overpriced. They are small exhibits with hefty price tags. The humorous number of "waivers" you have to sign to see anything would be amusing if it wasn't so tragic.

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Arlington, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I dont think Balboa Park gets the credit it deserves. This is such a nice, peaceful amenity for San Diego. It is incredibly peaceful but has just enough people energy to engage your mind. You can see locals enjoying the park, including children feeding the ducks and fish in the park's ponds. Also, I really enjoyed looking at the buildings... More 

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Miramar, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful outdoor park with an immense amount of culture! We started off by doing the king tut tour at one of the museums, very interesting, very satisfying. There are so many attractions, plan to be here for a whole day..even then you might not see everything..it's like Disney world 😄. Take a lot of pictures!

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Cut Knife, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Museum lovers dream stop. The gardens are beautiful. So impressed with city planning everything in one space.

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Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I had so much fun people watching and enjoying the architecture! The closest I've ever felt to Europe here in the US!

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Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Park is huge. Has many museums. Each museum is independently operated so cost varies place to place. The grounds are beautiful. Lovely to just walk around and just have lunch. People watch. The park itself is free-but the museums have an entrance fee.

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