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“A perfect place to visit!” 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 #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, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Bellflower, California
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“A perfect place to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I never imagined there's a place like this in San diego..soooo undisturbed yet sooo beautiful!!! It's actually my first time to see Balboa Park, which at first i thought was just a piece of a small ordinary park..And when i finally took my glance at it, i was totally in awe...what a beautiful work of art and architecture! There were so many people (it's summer!)..having picnics, strolling, taking pictures....so relaxing! Definitely, i will be back!

Visited June 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Coming Home Again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I grew up in San Diego and recently returned after 30 years away. Balboa Park is more beautiful now than it ever has been. Packed a picnic lunch and walked the parks and museums. Great photo ops, street performers, people watching and beautifully maintained grounds. Parking behind the organ pavilion is free and plentiful. Know that the Art Museum is closed on Wednesdays so I felt bad that I missed the one museum I wanted to see. But took in the Air and Space Museum instead and it was a fun diversion. Fees for some attractions/museums but also a day pass available online that is a good value for multiple attractions. Other than the Air and Space Museum, we did not pay anything for a nice afternoon in a beautiful location.

Visited July 2013
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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“Beautiful park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Very nice and big park with good playgrounds. There are some beautiful buildings in the park and some trails which you can walk on.
Free parking is available all around the park which turns it into a cheap and relaxing thing to do when visiting San Diego.

Visited July 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Puppet Show”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The puppet show is a waste of money. Very amateurish, old-school production. My grandsons and I could not believe any public venue would charge money for something like this in a world-class park! Don't waste your time or money!

Visited July 2013
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“Definitely should visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Beautiful park with all sorts of museums! I didn't have much time,but if I would, I would spend at least three days in this park.

Visited July 2013
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