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“Nice park, uninteresting museums.” 3 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
San Francisco, California
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“Nice park, uninteresting museums.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Enjoy the park, skip the museums none are worthwhile. Spend more time at the city's other attractions instead.

Visited September 2013
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“Not to be missed when in San Diego!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Balboa Park is a hub of San Diego's arts and cultural life. The architecture is beautiful and worth visiting alone. The Reuben H Fleet Science Center with the domed IMAX theater is a great place for children and adults alike. I have been there many times as it is one of best IMAX theaters in the world and the kid in me loves the exhibits in the discovery halls.

You can simply arrive and spend a day exploring or carefully plan your visit to include the museums, performance and an ever changing cultural calendar that is one of the richest in the country.

If you haven't been before then go to the website - balboapark.org - where you can see the variety the park has to offer from botanical to fine arts and performances. The "Plan Your Visit" section of the website is helpful for first timers.

If you plan on exploring the park over a couple of days then you would be wise to purchase with the Passport to Balboa Park or the Stay for a Day pass if you are there for a day. These passes save time and money and can make your experience easier.

Visited May 2013
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“Don't pass this place by!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The books all said visit... we were skeptical... and ended up coming back a second day!! What an amazing place to visit! Free parking and some of the exhibitions are free as well. We did pay to go in the Science center, Museum of Natural History and Railroad Museum; IMAX movies available in some instances; all WELL worth the trip. Plenty of free exhibits as well... floral, artists center, Spreckles Organ concert, Cultural houses... all GREAT!!! California residents can attend free on Tuesdays;

Visited September 2013
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“Don't miss when in San Diego”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Spent time here near the holidays. They had a great holiday fair and decorations throughout the park. Specially like the Spanish Village Arts Center. Really nice touch, and was great to meet local artist and be able to purchase their work.

Visited December 2012
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“San Diego's best cultural attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Balboa Park is the cornerstone of San Diego's cultural life. It's museums are great, there's plenty of room for a jog, or a picnic. Visiting the international houses that are open on Sunday was my favorite activities. A must see for any vacation goer.

Visited October 2012
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