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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #15 of 248 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Guelph
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

A beautifully maintained and diverse park. Be sure to check out Prado while you are there for their happy hour. Great place to spend an evening with friends. Would recommend Balboa Park to all those visiting SD.

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Atlanta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Saw Balboa Park after leaving San Diego Zoo and wish I had more time to spend there. There are an array of museums and restaurants in the center of the park. The architecture of the buildings are so beautiful. I think this is one of the prettiest parks in a major city that I have been in.

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Las Vegas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Balboa Park is one of our "must see" whenever we're in San Diego. There's so much to do and see, that a whole day will never be enough if you truly want to take in everything this amazing park has to offer. We love it!

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Marietta, Georgia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Rose and Cactus Garden can entertain you for an hour. The photos you will take will last a lifetime. Amazing! The museums are many and will tickle your fancy. Finish up at The Prado for a meal and/ or beverage. Yumm.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

spent half a day at this zoo which we found very user friendly. Started with a bus tour around the complex which gave us a good overview. We then decided what we wanted to go back to. Unfortunately we visited during a bit of a heatwave so the bus was ideal for us. There is also a skytrain for viewing... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I took a stroll down the park to the museums. There is just so much to see. Need atleast more the half a day to explore just that part of the park. And there is just so much more. If I had the time, would have come back to see more of the park. Visit this place. It's different and... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I was in San Diego for a conference and stayed an extra day to visit Balboa Park. It was well worth it! I spent the morning at the Botanical Building, the Timken art museum and the rose and desert garden across the bridge. The tour from the park ranger at 11 was very interesting - she told lots of stories... More

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lanex
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We spent about half a day and could easily spend a week. We visited 3 of the museums, the botanical building & lily pond, had lunch and visited 4 of the gardens. In the tradition of the great city parks. Absolutely loved it and would certainly go back. No fees for just walking around but most museums charge a fee.... More

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Homer, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We both had our fill of the historic buildings, and many museums. Too much to see in one visit. Many museums had discount tickets online. We saw the miniature railroad and veteran's museums. Loved the trams that pick you up at the parking lot and took us to several museum areas. A wonderful day adventure for families.

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Charlotte
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed visiting Balboa Park (especially the arboretum)! Great architecture and beautiful sites. There was a historic feel to the park and the trolley system that we used to get there was convenient.

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