We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (6,292)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“japanese garden”(322 reviews)
“rose garden”(305 reviews)
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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Balboa Park
from $42.00
More Info
from $89.60
More Info
from $46.00
More Info
from $48.00
More Info
Reviews (11,622)
Filter reviews
9,889 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews japanese garden rose garden botanical gardens prado restaurant international houses spanish village the natural history museum organ pavilion air and space museum beautiful architecture fleet science center street performers walk around day pass great place to visit art parador
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 9,889 reviews
Reviewed today

In a beautiful location of gardens, historic buildings and walking paths, Balboa Park is truly a gem. The venue has a multitude of museums to visit and there is truly something for everyone. Art, science, history, galleries, shops--and the zoo is phenomenal. This is definitely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank aliceann1
Reviewed today

So much to see and do and a wide variety of attractions for everyone. The San Diego Zoo is located here and a must see for animal lovers. The paths are easy to follow and will take you thru lush foliage, gardens, and park exhibits....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judith B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Every time I visit Balboa Park I notice something different. I visited the museum in park which had the Speed attraction. As usual Balboa Park is never disappointing! Anyone visiting San Diego should place Balboa Park at the top of their list.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank skip1065
Reviewed yesterday

Take the day and walk around Balboa Park. Ride bikes all around and enjoy in the people watching. There are a lot of street performers there playing harps, guitars, and some strange other ones. enjoy the beautiful botanical and rose gardens. the Museum of art...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sheldon S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the park for 2 days, and could have gone back for more. whatever your interest, there is something to see. Lots of gardens, museums of many type (numbering more than 10), an IMAX theater, artisans, entertainers and more. everything is fairly close, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank drs1041
Reviewed 2 days ago

Balboa Park is larger than Central Park in New York. For dog lovers there’s a large area where dogs can play. The park is full of interesting attractions to include the Museum of Man, the museum of model railroading which is one of the largest...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 818chuckb
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So much to see an donin this park , we rose through on the trolly listening to the guide the day before our visit , that prompted us to go explore , all the museums are pay to enter but not too expensive , we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Darren B
Reviewed 3 days ago

What an awesome time to have with your family. A must see if you are in the san diego area. They have a beautiful park with lots of games and entertainment. Parking is horrible so park across the street where there is a huge park...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Balboa park was a great fun for me and my family, museums were great expirience and food from food trucks was ok. Botanic garden ok.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lidijagg
Reviewed 3 days ago

First time here and it was super fun and entertaining. Street performers, street vendors (food trucks). Endless museums, fountains, lush greenery, and wonderful buildings.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TheKidd26
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 291 nearby hotels
Inn at the Park
581 reviews
.75 miles away
Hotel Occidental
102 reviews
.80 miles away
Quality Inn San Diego Downtown North
283 reviews
.80 miles away
San Diego Downtown Lodge
86 reviews
.88 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 5,588 nearby restaurants
CUCINA urbana
871 reviews
.58 miles away
The Prado at Balboa Park
2,001 reviews
.04 miles away
Flight Path Grill
15 reviews
.39 miles away
16 reviews
.55 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,358 nearby attractions
Old Globe Theatre
491 reviews
.11 miles away
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
311 reviews
.13 miles away
Botanical Building and Lily Pond
994 reviews
.02 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Mariam S
December 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Michael W | Property representative |
In general the grounds are free to visit, as is Spanish Village Art Center. Otherwise each museum has its own admission policy/cost, and The Old Globe Theatre has its own fee for performances. A cost-effective way to visit... More
October 30, 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Michael W | Property representative |
Hello, Jacqueline! The "famous" Moreton Bay Fig tree on the North side of the San Diego Natural History Museum is fenced off to prevent damage, however there are several different fig and other big trees in the park, some... More
pam e
September 15, 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from ThomasH5779 | Property representative |
You can drive through the park and there is plenty of parking, especially at the Inspiration Point parking lot on Park Blvd. A tram will take you up to the heart of the park. It runs every 15 minutes or so. I use Lyft (or... More
Travel Forum Posts
Brisbane, Australia
legoland transport (1 Replies)
Can you please tell me what public transport is available from Balboa to Legoland.
September 03, 2007|
Sydney, Australia
Birthday experience (4 Replies)
Hi we are going to be in San Diego on my husbands birthday and am looking for a special experience to give him for his birthday. We will already be visiting USS Midway, maritime museum and possibly Balboa park on the day but want something extra special that you wouldn't normally splurge on. We are staying in old town and have a car. Family of 4 with girls 10 & 7. His likes are military and history. Thx
August 06, 2017|
Response fromRiff M|
Hi, I would go to the Midway web site and to the Maritime Museum web site and see if they are offering any special experiences while you are here beyond just the normal guided tours. I think just being here on this trip with you and your children would be special enough as a memory of this birthday.
Lauren D
Manchester, United Kingdom
10 day roadtrip - Vegas, San Diego, LA, PCH, San Francisco (5 Replies)
I was just wondering if I could get some advice on the trip I have booked for this November. I’ve done a lot of research before booking, through trip advisor forums and various other websites but the amount of information is so vast I’ll apologise in advance if this topic already exists and also for the fact it is so very long! As I have never been to California before I wanted to check my itinerary was plausible and whether I have factored in enough time to do everything I want to do! For...More
July 30, 2015|
Response fromPacificNWFamily|
Hi Las Vegas ~ more expensive weekend San Diego ~ all morning plus a bit of the afternoon to get there (Sunday) so there is really just one full day (Monday) Los Angeles ~ only a few hours north of San Diego, but again only one full day (Wed) Cambria ~ all day drive to get there (Thurs) SF ~ all day drive to get there. Skip 17 Mile Drive as you'll have seen better on your northbound Hwy 1 drive from Cambria. Tips for stops are in the Top Questions on the right. Get Alcatraz tickets 90...More