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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: Biking, City walk sightseeing, Walking, Viewing wildlife, 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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Wow it was packed with a lot of people and vendor booths. Wonderful free event. Balboa park is always a great place to visit for a day touring the museums or checking out the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Wow it was packed with a lot of people and vendor booths. Wonderful free event. Balboa park is always a great place to visit for a day touring the museums or checking out the architecture and any life.

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Berkeley, California
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Balboa gets 5 stars with ease. This is one of America's greatest Big City public Park. It CAN NOT be done in one day, so one must choose what to do. You can spend more than one day exploring JUST the 15 Gardens that the Park contains. My favorite is the CACTUS garden. Maybe you would like to see the... More 

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Queen Creek, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

a lot of beautiful views and museums but the admissions are a little bit pricey for my family. they have a fountain where the kids can go swimming so bring some extra clothes for the kids.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

On a recent first-time visit to San Diego, I discovered Balboa Park on my first full day ... and rediscovered it every subsequent day of my visit - the first time to run, the next day to visit museums and watch puppies play in the dog park, and the next to stroll and watch people playing bocce. In other words,... More 

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La Pine, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Balboa Park is always a favorite for me. Depending on the Season there are always Special Events along with the most impressive Museums to visit. Always something to interest the variety of people who choose to visit this area.

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Redwood City, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Balboa Park is so beautiful and has so much to do! We want to return to San Diego just to spend more time there. There are museums; we only saw the model train one-it's fun. The Prado restaurant is beautiful as is the Botanical Building with all its orchids

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Fremont, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Large and beautiful park with artsy shops and 15 nice museums , especially museum of arts and museum of natural science. A must see for San Diego visitors.

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

An amazing park, so much architecture and museums to enjoy. A very chilled out and relaxing place to be.

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Sammamish, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The information b=center closes a bit early but the museums are beautiful, as is the park. We had a great time!

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Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

My husband and I live in Banker's Hill about 6 blocks from Balboa Park, we walk here pretty much everyday with our dogs. The museums are a little pricey, but other than that its just a great place to explore.

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