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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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Our primary purpose of going the Balboa Park was to visit the San Diego Zoo. We were surprised with the size and beauty of the park on our way to the zoo. There are so many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Our primary purpose of going the Balboa Park was to visit the San Diego Zoo. We were surprised with the size and beauty of the park on our way to the zoo. There are so many things to do and see it would take some time to do them all!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Park with fountains, several museums,art exhibits, plants and the Spreckels organ pavilion. There are nature trails and gardens to view. A good place for the kids to run and enjoy.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We've been to Balboa Park twice and have never been to the zoo! We love the park, but prefer just to wander and take in the beautiful buildings. One of these days we might go inside one! We did ride the carousel however and it's beautiful. A real old-fashioned gem!

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We are new in this area and a family annual pass for the balboa museums was one of the first things I arranged after we'd moved. We went there 4 times covering 6 museums so far and at the last day my 9-year-old kid commented that "How can we be so much bored whenever we visit museums?" He used to... More 

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Hampden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Natural History Museum - check! Museum of Art - check! Children's Museum - check! Just about anything that interests you will be available to you at Balboa Park! Stop into the Information Building and purchase an all inclusive ticket for about $88. It includes all museums and attractions at Balboa Park PLUS the Zoo and some activities on the San... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Really a great park with multiple museums all in one large area. They offer a tram to assist you in getting to all areas. We got the 1-day multi museum pass, which gave us the chance to pick 5 different places to visit. We picked an eclectic group with our favorite being the car museum. There is a fair amount... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The museums, gardens and architecture were breath-taking! Be sure to buy a ticket that includes several museums to get your money's worth.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

As a native of San Diego, I grew up enjoying Balboa Park and all it had to offer. It was a pristine spot in the center of a very large "small town". People cared about the Park and it was tended and tidy. It was a point of civic pride and a great treasure. Sadly, much has changed and not... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Balboa Park is huge park near downtown San Diego. There are over 15 museums to see including the famous San Diego Zoo. A family could easily spend an entire vacation just in the park exploring the grounds and touring the museums. The park is massive, so be prepared to do some walking even with a free tram service to take... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The zoo and many museums located here. It is great to go to one location with so many excellent quality venues. You can go to the zoo for half a day and two or three museums or botanical gardens in the same day. This, really maximizes transportation resources,,

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-239-0512
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

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