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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #14 of 240 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Visiting the San Diego area we spent a lovely day with family and a friend who met us there . The beauty of the Architecture and Gardens were amazing ... Visit several museums and artisan shops , fun for all .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Enjoy the museums and if you are on budget enjoy the scenery. Playtime with the family and people gazing is a must. Just enjoy the vibe and our pleasant sunny San Diego.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Visitors to San Diego really ought to put Balboa Park at or near the top of their list of places to see. To enhance your appreciation, read up in advance on the history of how the park was created and preserved. Parking can be a challenge on weekends if you don’t arrive early. Consider parking on the street, perhaps on... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

A great place to come and look at all of san diego. Very colorful place with lots of attractions. Close to all the museums. A great place to take wonderful pictures of the numerous gardens around.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Great park for families with children (all ages). Excellent for couples as well. Good museums , walking and includes The San Diego Zoo. (one of the worlds best). There are free days at some Museums, There is a Fee to visit S.D. Zoo.

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Was in town for State horseshoe tournement, enjoyed the park, visited museums, took tram, walked around- need more time to do everything there is

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Lots to do- got there later in the day and stayed for music in the park. There are a number of exhibits but, be warned, there are fees associated.

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Abington, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We were in San Diego for a conference and had some free time went to Balboa Park, It was breathtaking. Beautiful park. Would recommend checking this out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The Balboa Park is one of this places you can have it all: history, architecture, garden, open space, open air. So worth a visit!

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Chilliwack, Canada
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50 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Coming from the Vancouver area, we are spoilt by our amazing Stanley Park. Well, after recently visiting Balboa Park in San DIego, I would have to say that their residents are equally as spoilt. The biggest difference between the two is that Stanley Park is surrounded by the ocean while Balboa is land-locked. Doesn't matter as the gardens, amazing architecture,... More

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