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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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San Diego City Tour
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Ranked #15 of 327 Activities in San Diego
Type: Playgrounds, Gardens, Parks, Sightseeing Tours
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, Parks, Sightseeing Tours
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 older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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127 reviews 127 reviews
45 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

What a treat this was. There are so many beautiful exhibits and so little time unless you intend to come back. We saw the Mingue exhibit and was thrilled by it. The are museum was delightful. This is a definite must if you enjoy museum of all types. Or, pick and choose, you will not go wrong.

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Billings, Montana
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Large and Lovely outdoor park with many museums. Most of the gardens are free. Most museums have an admission fee. Very enjoyable!

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Cameron Park, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Spanning 1,200 acres of lush, beautifully landscaped, is known as San Diego's "crown jewel" offering cultural and outdoor recreation. it does not offer the metropolitan pace---instead it offers palm trees, art exhibits, two World Fairs (1915 and 1935.) Ornate Spanish Colonial buildings! Area a MUST to SEE!

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Go to the zoo, go to all the museums, or just take a nice leisurely walk throughout the park, vary clean and beautiful.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We spent a very pleasant day here. The Guided Tour from the Visitor Centre was definitely worth doing - most informative and interesting. The San Diego Art Museum was very good, the Timken Museum of Art was lovely (and free!) as was the Botanical Garden. Overall, a lovely place. Recommended.

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San Diego, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Balboa Park has many attractions and amenities for all the family to enjoy, so whatever peeks your interest, chances are you will most likely find more than one thing that you'll like to do here. You will need at least a couple of days to see it all! Bring comfortable shoes, money, bottled water, and camera. There are some restaurants... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

It was so huge we didn't know where to park or where to go with our GPS. Best advice park at the San Diego Zoo for free and walk through the art village and all the museums. There is a lot to do for fee's ride bikes, go into museums, go shopping, eat, paint kids faces, or walk around for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a must see if you visit San Diego! This is were the Famous San Diego Zoo is, located but there are over a Dozen fantastic museums from air and space to human body to model railroads. Don't miss the Organ Pavillion where they have free concerts and the carousel.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Its very beautiful. Look online to see what exhibits they have, that way you'll be prepared & know what you want to do. Saw the museum of torture, which was interesting & disturbing. The botanical garden was very nice. Take comfy shoes, there is a lot of walking! Also each museum/ exhibit cost money so I would suggest going early,... More 

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The museums are well worth going here for! The park itself is a wonderful area for a walk, picnic or just to enjoy the CA sunshine! My favorite places to see here is the Japanese Tea Garden, Museum of Natural History & the Train Museum!

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