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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #14 of 244 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
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Camas, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Balboa park is a San Diego institution, well worth a stop for short or long trips. We took an audio tour this time from the visitor center. The tour was interesting and provided a too base for understanding the historical and architectural appreciation for Balboa park.

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Glendale, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This park is amazing and the architecture is amazing. Details are amazing in the buildings, I could have stayed and took pictures all day. There is a park outside of the entrance and you need to be careful because there are a lot of homeless and shady people. Some where stumbling around and asking for money. Once you enter the... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

When we arrived for our week in San Diego, we bought the 7 day Explorer Pass to the park. It allowed us free access to these wonderful museums and gardens. While we are from the Washington, D.C. where museums are mostly free, this is a place you can come everyday and park for FREE. Museums are very manageable in size.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is the park you see when you are flying into the airport. If you get a chance check it out definitely worth the time.

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new jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

It's Abbey beautiful park with amazing gardens and historic buildings. Loved the Science Museum and The 3D movie under the sea., fantastic! A eery well trained knowledgeable personnel. Very pleasant experience and so much to see here! Enjoy this beautiful place, so much walking and places to see and relax!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We were impressed by the range of buildings to see in Balboa Park. It is easy to spend the day there. I liked the Spanish era architecture and statue of El Cid (my favourite historical figure)

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Miami, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This park is absolutely beautiful! All of the San Diego museums are in this park, so whether you're looking for art, science or something unique you will find it here. The buildings really remind me of Spain- you feel a little like a European traveler when walking around here :)

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San Francisco, California
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is a huge park in San Diego. Wear proper shoes if you plan on seeing a lot of it. Many museums of which few are free but since there is no charge to park or entrance fee to Balboa Park, it does not feel like a huge added expense. We did not do any museum as the weather was... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It was also a mistake that I started my day there just before noon and since it was November, it got dark (and cold) earlier, it was a Sunday, so the park was quite packed, I only managed to check out one museum (the one with the human culture? - there was a fee for this), I sat and enjoyed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Only had a few hours to see all of Balboa park. We walked around the Spanish village area and the botanical gardens. Seems like a national park. Everything is well taken care of. Would be a great place for any age group, lots to do and see. Most museums in the park have an admission.

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