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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #12 of 219 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: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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Edmonton
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84 reviews 84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lots to see and do here. We went to the Spreckels organ concert, toured the Old Globe theater, international houses. Watched and listened to a Beatles tribute band, visited some museums and the botanical garden and lots of other things. We thought we would spend 2-3 hours at the park but we ended up spending the whole day and went... More

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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This was one of the real highlights of our San Diego trip! We spent the most lovely afternoon strolling this lovely park. The grounds are beautifully manicured with unusual trees and shrubs and flowers. There are sculptures, free museums, exhibits and activities. Recently we went to the Bronx Botanical Gardens, and they had some orchids. In this park, there was... More

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Go and take a wonder at Balboa park. It doesn't matter whether you are in to museums or just want to have a walk in the palms and take in the gorgeous architecture. Park at inspiration point and take a ride around on the tram before you decide what you want to do.... If you are feeling energetic its actually... More

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Cerritos, California
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226 reviews 226 reviews
105 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

after all these years, only the zoo! Balboa Park is more than a place to see the animals, it's a place of historical significance with beautiful Spanish architecture. With so many museums in one area, your best bet is to stop by the visitors center to get info on museum packages and other places of interest. Walk around to discover... More

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San Diego, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Balboa Park is one of the best things San Diego has to offer. Being there is so much fun any day of the week - whether you just want to take leisurely walks, bike, spread a blanket and soak in the sun, read under a shady tree, or visit any of the museums and restaurants. Balboa Park is home to... More

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Oceanside, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great Park area, historic buildings, good restaurants, amazing theater and every kind of museum in one location and the Zoo is just next door.

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San Diego
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Most visitors are drawn to San Diego for the beautiful beaches and water sports. A great complement is Balboa Park. It has something for everyone including those who want to enjoy San Diego's perfect weather. The San Diego zoo and the many museums is the biggest draw, but there is so much more. Stunning gardens, amazing hikes through canyons, lawn... More

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to ramble around in, in day light. Some awesome events take place here. Many museums are in this park, open air theater also. Organ events excellent.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The gardens at Balboa Park are worth a day trip of their own, especially the Botanical Building, Alcazar, the Rose Garden and the Desert Garden east of Park Blvd. They are all free, and if you just want to walk around and literally smell the roses this park is the place to do it. On a hot summer day, the... More

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Vista
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Established as a preserve in 1835 is was host to the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition and 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition, so much the architecture is history of itself. Many museums, including my favorite, the model train club and the Air & Space are located here as well the San Diego Zoo. If you like to walk or ride a, what... More

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