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“Lots of Great Museums” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balboa Park

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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San Diego City Tour
Ranked #15 of 327 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, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
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“Lots of Great Museums”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Home to many great museums and also the Old Globe Theatre complex. This is where several great Broadway shows have been introduced, including soon-to-be-released on Broadway, the new George Takei show, Allegiance.

Visited December 2012
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Now this is somewhat of a circumstantial review, but it's worth mentioning. It's a huge place with lots of really great vistas, walking trails, outstanding Spanish colonial architecture, and interesting museums. We even got to hear the organist rehearsing for the weekly Sunday concert. While all of that was impressive, they neglected to put anything on their website about a Christmas event the day we came. The pedestrian malls were lined with trashy carnival booths and rides. A few of the museums weren't open. The tram that circles the park did not stop at its normal locations, forcing us to walk everywhere. Any other weekend this place would have been pretty neat, but I'm disappointed we wasted half a day here.

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Lebanon
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“Too much to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

32 museums and the Zoo-quite a place. Zoo is very handicap friendly. The Aerospace museum is outstanding. The museum of Natural History suffered a power outage the day we were there and was closed.

Visited November 2012
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“So much to see and do here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is a lovely park. Well maintained and lots to see and do for all ages. Check opening times, as some museums are closed on Mondays. There is a fee for the Japanese garden which is relaxing but small, although they are building a bigger area. Well worth visiting and lots to see even if you don’t spend any money.

Visited July 2012
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Central Oklahoma
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“Lots to see at Balboa Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We went in the Nat. HIstory Museum. Enjoyed the 45 nature film about coral reefs the most there. Landscaping is enjoyable in e park - like the atrium there, Ate good food at the Prado restaurant, lovely other buildings to see and more than we
could get to. Would take a segway ride to see it all next time.

Visited November 2012
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