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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Phone Number: 619-239-0512
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic...

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.

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Beautiful place to visit and explore

The park is huge and beautiful, with a wide range of possible things to do. There is about a dozen different museums in addition to the famous San Diego Zoo, art studios to visit... read more

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San Mateo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The park is huge and beautiful, with a wide range of possible things to do. There is about a dozen different museums in addition to the famous San Diego Zoo, art studios to visit and shop at, restaurant to sample, beautiful grounds to stroll, and musicians playing in various locations to listen to. Also, there are small cottages from 44... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Go on Tuesdays. Select museums are free. Great time walking around. Awesome atmosphere. If you are staying near by take a über, parking is limited. I will definitely go back again!

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Landisville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent the whole day at a leisurely pace and limited ourselves to one paid museum, Natural History, and then took in other sites that were free. The NAT has a variety of exhibits and we split it up before and after lunch. Whales on the bottom floor was the best. It's a traveling exhibit and only there until Sept.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at Balboa Park as part of a trolly tour and took several hours to visit the gardens and some museums. The nice lady at the visitor center gave us a map and directed us to a counter where we could buy discounted zoo tickets. We toured some of the free museums.

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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you go to San Diego you must visit Balboa Park. It has so many beautiful gardens and fountains. It has restaurants inside the park and also a live theater! There are museums and so many things to do there, I can't list them all! Do stop to see the Japanese Garden and eat at their restaurant. It is all... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I were only able to spend a little more than an hour in Balboa Park but we were greatly impressed. It is an oasis of tranquil beauty mixed with gorgeous architecture. I even liked the low flying jets coming in for a landing at the nearby airport every couple of minutes. It somehow adds to the charm.... More 

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Shelton, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't go to zoo. Just came here to hang out. So beautiful. There are a lot of museums that looked cool. Plan ahead and look into which ones u want to visit. There are multi museum deals. The botanical gardens are nice. The Spanish Art Center is really nice and you can get some reasonable deals.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ended up going to the car museum and bought the package deal to see other museums in the area. Worth it. Wonderful place could have spent two days wondering around but only had one. We were there on a Friday and the food truck came about 4 and stayed until 8 pm. Some museums were open with no admission.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We only had a couple of hours to spare, but thought it would be a great place for the kids to go Pokemon hunting. I thought it was an open park, but was pleasantly surprised to see all the museums. Bon Odori Festival was happening, so it was nice to watch the local performances. Next time we'll plan for more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love Balboa Park, been coming here with friends and family for 40+ years and it is still fun and a beautiful stroll at the very least. I love the arboretum and all the gardens and architecture of the museums. You can't miss if you are a local or a visitor. Enjoy Balboa Park and all it has to offer,... More 

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