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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #16 of 320 Activities in San Diego
Type: Playgrounds, Gardens, Parks, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Biking, City walk sightseeing, Walking, Viewing wildlife, Getting married
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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, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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San Mateo, California, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Walk around, people watch and explore. And you'll see why so many people with cameras use this park as a setting for their engagement or family portraits. I totally plan to return and tour a couple of the museums or the Japanese garden. My favorites was the Botanical Building while my brother really digs the Lego installation in the railroad... More

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184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Balboa Park covers 1200 acres and is home to the San Diego Zoo. Even if you skip the zoo, you'd need days to take advantage of everything the park has to offer. The land was designated a city park back in 1835 and, in 1915 it hosted the Panama California Exposition, which is when a lot of permanent structures were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

There were so many things to see. We spent the entire afternoon visiting the botanical gardens, rose garden and cactus area. There were lots of opportunities for photographs. We toured the art area and visited with many of the local artists. This is a very large park so wear comfortable shoes!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Balboa park was one of our favorite things to do in SD. Parking was a pain because residents have free museum access in Tuesdays. We went to the International Village (Ireland, England, China, Hungary were open from 12-4). It is open 4th Tues. and every Sunday afternoon. Very cute cultural display with artifacts and snacks common to each area. Ate... More

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99 reviews 99 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The old part of this park is filled with streets of old buildings from 1915 and terrific plantings. Apart from the quality of the museums which varies from great to ho-hum, the atmosphere is lovely and it has a feel of being well-liked by locals as well. Good place to people and plant watch.

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Los Angeles
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267 reviews 267 reviews
225 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Balboa Park is a wonderful place for many reasons. We had been before but I didn't even see enough to remember it. This time, we explored. First, we drove to the Organ concert on Sunday at 2 pm. We parked in a nearby lot and enjoyed the one hour concert. After, we went to see the organ pipes because they... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This park was lovely to walk around and see the Spanish architecture and floral gardens. We would have liked to tour the museums, but they were a little pricey.

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

there is so much here to see, plan to do it over several days (if you include the zoo). Make sure you get a multi-attraction park this will save $$. the kids loved every part of it. museums, art galleries and more. Get a cab to there (its cheap & easy) and then use the free shuttle to get around... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We spent two full days going through all the museums and parks. They are all well done and if you were interested you could really get into it. We took a number of the guided tours and the guides were very knowledgeable about their subject matter. We were traveling in November and it was not very busy. We were told... More

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Halifax, NS
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My husband and I very much enjoyed the park, gardens and several of the museums. We did not have time to take in the San Diego Zoo located with in the park. The various flora and fauna was very nice, and the walking is not difficult.

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