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“What a great monument to civic pride” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balboa Park

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #14 of 248 Activities in San Diego
Type: Parks, Gardens, Playgrounds
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 older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“What a great monument to civic pride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The buildings in this park were originally built as temporary facades for a world's fair, but after the fair, the citizens of San Diego vowed to make them real. They still look sort of fake, but real they are, and they are full of local civic events. Dances, puppet shows, concerts, you name it.

The green space is very nice, but not outstanding.

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Fun pastime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I go here at least a couple times a year and love it. Best place for photos in San Diego!

Visited March 2012
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Monmouth, Oregon, United States
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“A truly amazing place for just about anything...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

There is so much there, it is impossible to describe. Just the history and architecture alone will blow you completely away. Unbelievable plave with so many things do, (including the San Diego Zoo!), that it would take days to fully appreciate it. Go. Soon.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Lots for all ages here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Very entertaining and scenic area of San Diego. The museums are a little steep, but good for families. SD Zoo was a blast. Go on a weekday if you can to help beat the crowds. It took about 1.5 days to see all of Balboa Park area.

Visited January 2013
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Bozeman, Montana
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“The largest cultural venue in America...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The zoo, the gardens, the museums...this is a cultural treasure for all ages. Spectacular grounds, exquisite architecture, great walking experience, world-class zoo. DO NOT MISS!

Visited January 2013
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