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Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-239-0512
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Ranked #16 of 373 Activities in San Diego
Type: Playgrounds, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Fun & Games
Activities: Biking, City walk sightseeing, Walking, Viewing wildlife, Getting married
Fee: No
Owner description: One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this...
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Type: Playgrounds, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Fun & Games
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 Diego Zoo.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
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87 reviews 87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A great day out the bus takes you right to the entrance of this huge park. Although be warned there is a fee to each building you enter except the Botanical garden area. There are also a few eating places and plenty of lawn area to enjoy the day. The Japanese garden is also free Allow a day to enjoy... More 

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Colgate, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is an exceptional park and is deserving of many visits to take in the entire park experience - we would go back to the park again.

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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

San Diego with it's perfect weather has this great park, that everyone enjoys year round, the days I spent there were concerts at the opera area, the resturant next to the gardens and in the gardens, people in the park doing there Tia Chi, and just so many other things, it is a full of life place to visit.

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Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

wonderful museums; lovely, interesting grounds with some historical architectural meaning (rare in so.cal) due to its ties to the 1907 panama-california exhibition; and the 1936 as well. the only thing to dislike is not every museum is open on the same day and the jumble of choices may mean disappointment...i couldn't get into the arts and crafts house only open... More 

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Brighton, Colorado, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Balboa Park would take days to adequately visit as there are so many museum choices, in addition to park space. We particularly enjoyed the Air and Space Museum.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I was here for work and was able to get out several times over the course of a few days and walk through the park. There is something really special about this place…I was inspired.

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Washington DC
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264 reviews 264 reviews
63 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful space with some really wonderful buildings dating back to the early 20th Century. Some knockout gardens and open space for sunning, turning the kids loose, etc. The main museum is here and worth a visit. A must see if you have a few days in the city.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We saw this venue on the trolley tour and did not leave enough time so had to skip a detailed visit. We so regretted that as we drove through it is clearly a beautiful spot with a huge variety of interesting sites to see. Next time!

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Austin, Texas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
52 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We decided to come back here and give it a try since 3 years ago, we didn't really get to enjoy it much at all. Parking was hard to find last time and to us it was so spread out and we felt lost. So this year because we have science museum passes for the whole family we decided to... More 

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Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We visited the park on a Sunday. We enjoyed the international cottages and the organ concert. We rode bikes to and from the park from Coronado

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