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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #12 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
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The special exhibit of Sorolla's work in SD Museum of Art attracted our long weekend tour. That took more than a day. The zoo could have taken another two days. I enjoyed watching the koalas more than the pandas, not to mention the many aviaries. Agh, there is the botanical garden.... No, I skipped many other attractions and photogenic settings.... More

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Westminster, Colorado, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see in Balboa Park that we will have to make another day trip on our next visit to San Diego. We spent an entire day there enjoying the history and architecture, staring in wonder at the beautiful botanical garden, and adoring the sculptures and local flora. We stopped in nearly every museum. What a great... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

While visiting San Diego, CA we made a visit to the lovely Balboa Park, Museum of Man and Spanish Village. It was such fun. We went to see the museum, and if you are up for it, the Torture Exhibit is very interesting, but not recommended for children, or those who are squeamish. The exhibit has replicas and original devices... More

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Madrid, Spain
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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Fun place to walk through. We went after going to the San Diego Zoo, but everything was already closed. Shame there is no place to eat in the evening - we were hoping to have dinner at the restaurant watching planes land, but no luck. Park beautifully layed-out.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

As this is the third time I've been to San Diego, it was time to fully investigate the offerings within and it was more than worth it. If you are a an Aerospace enthusiast, car buff or gravitate to more traditional art/natural history venues and other specific interests...this is the place for you. All museums are first class and is... More

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Burlington, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wow, great spot for sight-seeing and people-watching. Huge park with many museums on the grounds, something for everyone. If you like great architecture you'll love some of these buildings. Make sure you check out the Cactus Garden and the Palm Canyon.

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Slidell, LA
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Within Balboa Park, you can easily spend the entire day exploring. From the renowned San Diego Zoo, a selection of 15 museums (including The Museum of Art, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Air & Space Museum, The Automotive Museum, etc.), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (free Sunday concerts at 2 p.m.), and The Japanese Friendship Garden. There's a... More

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Was our family's first visit to the park, and we had a great time. There's so much to see that it would have taken us a few days to see everything, but we were only able to spend one day there. I had no idea that they had so many different museums there. Parking was a challenge, but we got... More

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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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