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“photographers dream destination in San Diego both day and night are a must.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balboa Park

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-0512
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Ranked #13 of 240 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 young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Washington Twp., MI
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“photographers dream destination in San Diego both day and night are a must.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The architecture is old Spanish style and a pleasant place to stroll, beautifully decorated at Christmas. There is also a beautiful Rose garden as well as a large Cactus desert garden. Lots of Fountains and a old world feel.

Visited December 2012
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“too many things, too little time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

there are so many reasons to visit the park ..... the famous Zoo, many museums, the Space theatre, Spanish Village, several food choices, the architecture, gardens, or, just sitting on the lawn watching the world go by... Balboa park is a nice respite from the busy city surrounding it...

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“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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