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“Wish we started here.” 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 #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 older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
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“Wish we started here.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We tried to find "Balboa Park" using our phone's navigation on our first day in San Diego... it led us to a ditch near the zoo. We didn't get a chance to look again until late in the afternoon on our last day (by that time all the museums that we wanted to visit had closed). It was still fun to just walk around and there is tons to see besides the plethora of museums (architecture, gardens, trails, fitness courts, art demonstrations, outdoor theatres, etc.).

Start early and go to the park's Visitor's Center first (1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101). Balboapark.org is also a good place to get more information for planning your visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Really Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Nice place for a walk. The pond is a really nice detail. We went on a Saturday and noticed a lot of wedding activity going on, a plus for those getting married soon to get ideas. Overall not a bad place.

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“Don't Miss!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you are in San Diego don't forget to visit Balboa park. Its beautiful.Excellent museums and work of art was amazing. simply loved it..

Visited September 2013
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“Great way to spend a sunny day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you are lucky enough to vacation in San Diego, don´t miss Balboa Park... everybody completes the day after visiting San Diego Zoo... I recommend that you schedule a whole day to visit it with no hurries... there are plenty of things to enjoy... interesting and educational museums, beautiful ponds and gardens... and lots of warm people!

Visited August 2013
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“Nice park.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Nice park. The thing we were missing arend ponds and some statues. Futher it's a very nice park. Clean and fun to visit. Could recommend it to everybody. South side of the park (up to the Zoo), is more fun then the north side.

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