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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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amazing place

The Japanese garden was nice. Cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom. Best was the Mingei museum! Loved the Stockdale and Sekimachi exhibit. The whole complex with many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Japanese garden was nice. Cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom. Best was the Mingei museum! Loved the Stockdale and Sekimachi exhibit. The whole complex with many gardens and museums was great!

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Pocatello
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115 reviews 115 reviews
26 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

WOW this has it all museums, galleries, shopping and right next to the zoo. You could spend a month here and still not fully see everything. Great parking and free shuttle through the whole place. something for everyone

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Carle Place, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is labeled as a park but it is much more then that. It is an enormous beautiful place. So well planned out. Yes parking can a problem however we parked on the street outside the park to avoid the problem. You just walk in from there no big thing it's wide open with no admission charge or main entrance... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had gone to balboa park on a hot and sunny day- big mistake. The different exhibits were very interesting and there was a lot of cool things to see there. The grounds of the park are well kept but because there are so many museums, it took a lot of walking. The gardens are beautiful. I would recommend going-... More 

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Red Deer
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see from car museum to history museums botanical gardens took the subway then a bus to the entrance or oldtown trolley goes there pack a lunch or eat on sight.

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Lexington, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My friend and I really enjoyed visiting Balboa Park. Although we went in Feburary, in the morning, when it was raining, it was still so beautiful and so worth the trip. The architecture is amazing, and reminded us of architecture in Seville, Spain. It took us about 2 hours to see the whole park and to go through one of... More 

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San Jacinto, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This park is a must when visiting San Diego. We have visited several times and from the beautiful grounds, the architecture, and the museums, you must take at least a day or two if you have never visited area before. And, of course, the zoo is one of the best in the world. Great outing!!

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Paris, France
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is an incredible place. There are 17 museums with something for everyone. Unfortunately you could spend a fortune on admission tickets, so choose wisely! The outdoor areas are nice and you could bring a picnic. The parking is a bit difficult and the tram system leaves something to be desired. They don't make the rounds to the parking lots... More 

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Wyoming, Michigan
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69 reviews 69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A great afternoon for one of those "a bit cloudy and needing a place to walk and explore" moments. Beautiful architecture and history. Wonderful place to just enjoy the day, take in some deep breaths and see some beauty. It was busy, Sunday, so be prepared.

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Midwest
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Oh how we love Balboa Park. It is just beautiful, not to mention all of the things to do. We are from the Midwest and actually took our daughter back to have her senior pictures taken here. It is just so beautiful! There are numerous museums to take in at Balboa Park. Check it out.......you will not be disappointed!

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