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“Good museums and spectacular grounds.” 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 #2 of 349 things to do in San Diego
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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: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Good museums and spectacular grounds.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We arrived in San Diego around 1pm and did not want to waste the day, so settled on a trip around the park.
There is ample parking and many parking areas that are free for what I can remember, was as long as you needed. We strolled through the grounds from the aircraft museum up to the Botanical Gardens. The façade of the museums is worth a visit, let alone going in. You can buy a ticket that gives you access to all of the museums, rather than pay individually.

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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“A perfect place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

One of the most beautiful places in San Diego. And mind you San Diego is extremely beautiful. With all the museums and wonderful Spanish architecture you pretty much spend all day enjoying yourself.

Visited January 2013
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Springfield, Illinois
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“Great area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Lots to do in the park, choose which museums interest you the most. Great gardens and architecture throughout. Seemed clean and safe!

Visited December 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Great walk about”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Just a nice area for a half day outing. Check out the gardens and the fountains and the museums. The museums have discounts mid week. Do lunch at the Japanese Garden or Prado

Visited December 2012
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Blanding, Utah
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“Balboa Park on Christmas day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Balboa Park is one of the best kept parks anywhere. The architecture of the old buildings and the sculpting on the buildings provides the viewer with the notion that one could keep coming back and not ever see everything of worth. I have been coming here since boot camp, Navy Training Center, in 1956, I love this place, the museums the street entertainers and the concerts.

Visited December 2012
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