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“Great architecture and museums” 5 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 #2 of 516 things to do in San Diego
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Viewing wildlife, Biking, Walking, 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: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Los Angeles
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great architecture and museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Spanish architecture of the buildings was amazing. The fact that there were so many buildings with this architecture and that they were kept up so well is what surprised me. We visited the Chocolate exhibit at the Natural History Museum and really enjoyed it - even my 9 and 11 year old sons. Tip: If you have a California Science Museum annual pass, you can get your whole family in for free to both the Natural History Museum and Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum. A great deal.

Visited December 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Nice, well maintained grounds; lots of museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Lots of museums and gardens. Can easily spend three days looking thru everything. Balboa park pass is great value

Visited December 2012
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a very nice park just to walk around. Although I did not take in the museums experience, just walking around and viewing the artwork of the buildings I was impress.
Next visit will definately include a visit to several of the measuems.

Visited December 2012
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LONDON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“OUR FIRST BALL GAME”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Well worth it, was really impressed with parking and access and the smooth operation. A little different to the more frenetic UK traffic jams and high cost parking

Visited August 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Could spend better part of multiple days here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Despite the cloudy, misty day, we truly could have spent the better part of multiple days here. The grounds are immaculately maintained by the groundkeeping crew and everything was in great condition. There are enough museums to satisfy multiple, varied tastes. Even if one doesn't tour the museums, the grounds and art alone are worth the visit and stroll. The location is near the aiport and also houses the fabulous San Diego zoo.

Visited December 2012
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