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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-239-0512
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Viewing wildlife, Biking, Walking, Getting married
Description: One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic...
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.
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Beautiful area

Went to the air and space museum. Excellent displays. Also went to the San Diego Zoo and it was a fun time. Big zoo, took all day long!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Puyallup, Washington
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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Went to the air and space museum. Excellent displays. Also went to the San Diego Zoo and it was a fun time. Big zoo, took all day long!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Love the many museums but not the many prices of admissions. Beautiful place to walk around and enjoy the lovely SD weather. Great place for kids to run and many fun kids items in museums. You will see homeless people :)

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite places in San Diego, bar none. It has lots of things to do and see. All the museums are great, the biotanical and tea gardens are beautiful. There are also cultural events, fabulous plays (Old Globe) and Spanish Art village. Plan on spending a whole day or 2 to see everything there. Enjoy!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We just spent one afternoon wandering around the park, but we could have spent days. There are so many museums and gardens and things to see. Don't miss the sculpture garden and the lily pond.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you are in the SD area, you MUST visit Balboa Park. The European style architecture and beautiful landscape are breathtaking and the museums are plentiful and amazing. The local street performers set a great ambiance too! Highly recommend!!!!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A beautiful place with hundreds of attractions,I could spend days on end here visiting all the different museums and seeing all the different sights.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There is so much to do at park it would take days to do it all. We visited the air and space museum (slightly disappointing), the free outdoor organ recital (2pm every Sunday-spectacular) and a native Indian festival was happening the day we visited.

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Anaheim, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

San Diego should be justly proud of this lovely park, with its collection of many museums. The buildings mostly date from an early 20th century exhibition and have been maintained very well. I especially enjoy the Rubin H. Fleet and the Air and Space Museums. All in all, a great way to spend several days enjoying a San Diego treasure.

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Pleasanton, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lots to see and lots to do. Museums are pricey but the displays are of high quality. Much of it is left over from turn of the century Pan Pacific Expositions which were held there. The buildings are beautiful and very well maintained.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We love going to balboa park especially for the festive holidays & spring (gardens are in bloom!). This park has the botanical garden & japanese garden ( cherry blossom festival!), museums & exhibits and the Old Globe theater. Visiting the park is free however some attractions have fees such as the japanese garden, some museums & exhibits. I suggest checking... More 

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