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Balboa Park

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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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Afternoon in the Park

My sister and I met for the afternoon in San Diego and decided to take the hop-on hop-off trolley and make our highlight a garden tour of Balboa Park. The trolley drops off... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

My sister and I met for the afternoon in San Diego and decided to take the hop-on hop-off trolley and make our highlight a garden tour of Balboa Park. The trolley drops off adjacent to the visitor center. Stop there for a map and to find out what may be of special interest the day you visit. We got the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Don't Miss this place. One of my favorite parks in the world. The museums and Conservatory are havens of calm delight.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Be sure to attend a concert in the organ pavilion and visit all of the museums plus the botanical garden. Balboa Park is a national treasurer and should not be missed.

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Greenfield, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Depending on what you like, this is a place to visit and relax on a day when you do not have much to do.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, we only had a couple of hours here so didn't get to visit any museums. This is a beautiful park with so much to see and do, hope to return one day.

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OREGON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Balboa Park is a national treasure. It's a lush and amazing public space with Moorish tile, royal gardens, theater, walking paths, dinosaurs, fountains, a cafe, everything you could hope for in a city park. Take a break from commercial endeavors and spend some time here. Also, if you have young children, there's a great picture book about visionary Kate Sessions,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

It accommodates big range of ages from toddler up to old people. There are museums , playing ground, bazaar, cafe, well I almost could not mentioned what there were because it was alot of things to see. All are arranged nicely and beautifully. And of course there were many people came to visit. So if you plan to come the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had an amazing time strolling through the park and admiring the architecture of the various buildings. It is so gorgeous and harmonious, and gives you an immediate sense of peace and well being. I can't wait to go back on my next trip to San Diego!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Park was absolutely amazing with All of the museums offered in it too!! This was my first visit to California and also what I did on my first day there. I was genuinely impressed with everything that the park has to offer!

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San Diego, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This park is the main reason I moved here in 1962. I had visited the park on a family vacation as a child and knew even then that I wanted to live in San Diego. Sigh... It's true. I've been to many public parks all over the world, and they each have their charm, but Balboa Park has my heart.... More 

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