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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #13 of 239 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, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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645 reviews 645 reviews
303 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Wow! Lovely roses and plantlife, beautiful architecture, romantic views, and so many museums! I would definitely go back--there was so much to do! Exhibits change, so check them out periodically if you live nearby!

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South Shore, MA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

In order to avoid crowds, we visited there in the morning during the weekend. Many museums are in walking distance. I like the uniqueness of many architectural buildings with Spanish/Renaissance styles interweaved nicely together with gardens, ponds, and walkway. The botanic garden is our favor. Make sure you give yourself at least one full day to enjoy this place.

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Dallas, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I loved the plants and historic places around Balboa Park. They were beautiful! I also liked how they had trams so we wouldn't have to drive or walk. Also, prepare for not much parking available on busy days. Otherwise, I loved it!

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Tuxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

My wife had been looking forward to our holiday family bike ride and chose Balboa park after rave reviews of the park itself - big mistake! Hire for our family of 4 was $60 for an hour and we had basically done the whole park in 20 mins and the rental shop just shrugged their shoulders when we asked for... More

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Ontario
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited Balboa Park on a tour of California when we were staying in San Diego. We absolutely loved this place. The grounds themselves are worth the visit but we really enjoyed the museums. In particular we recommend the Natural History Museum and the "Real Pirates" exhibit. The exhibit was very well done and totally worth the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I was in San Diego this past week and have determined that my two visits to Balboa Park - actually make that three visits (the Zoo is also in the park) were the highlights to our trip. The park is downtown, it's huge, parking is free, there are tonnes of things to do, it's beautiful. The people of San Diego... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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191 reviews 191 reviews
48 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

As the title says! Just be discreet and don't ruin it for the rest of us. I kid. Or do I? Either way, it's a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. Sober or otherwise. Being so close to the museums is a huge plus as well. Huge grounds. Plenty of space to walk, bike or just sit on your backside... More

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MN
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68 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

15 museums and eight gardens will more than keep you busy. It can't all be covered in one day...lucky you; you can spend more that one day here.

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City of Angels
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103 reviews 103 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We just returned home from Balboa Park..... There is so very much to see here and I ♥ the architecture...... There are many museums, but here's the bad thing.... each one has a separate entrance fee and it would be better to have an option to purchase entrance to one, two, three, or ALL museums for a discounted price. The... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had time to kill and decided to spend it here. The grounds are beautiful and great people watching.

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