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Samantha was incredible

We got off the Old Town trolley at Balboa Park and proceeded to walk up to the San Diego zoo... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Deer Park, New York
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Great Start!

This visitors center is a great place to start your explorations of Balboa Park or to get quick... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2019
San Diego, California
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4 weeks ago
“Samantha was incredible ”
May 16, 2019
“Great Start!”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got off the Old Town trolley at Balboa Park and proceeded to walk up to the San Diego zoo. Having just had an MRI done on my knee we stopped in at the visitor center to see if the San Diego zoo has electronic...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MonicaK614
Reviewed May 16, 2019

This visitors center is a great place to start your explorations of Balboa Park or to get quick directions to a specific site within the extensive park. There is a volunteer staffed help desk. You can buy Explorer passes at the center that also houses...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

The information guide, including really good map, provides all the information one needs to figure out what to do in Balboa Park. The volunteers at the information counter are so friendly and interested in helping visitors. If they don't know the answer to a question,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Glenn R
Reviewed April 30, 2018

OK - sometimes we just want a quick direction and to get on our way. And of course the volunteer who helped us at the desk wanted to make sure we knew everything about the park. But, overall she was lovely and had the best...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Nprus
Reviewed November 13, 2017

I was so surprised that it was not possible to just go to the visitor center and grab a map. You had to wait in a line and then once at the counter you could not just get a map. You had to answer a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank LaLunaStella
Reviewed October 24, 2017

Make the Visitors Center your first stop when visiting the multiple museums, walks, gardens, art galleries, and events in Balboa Park. Their free park map is quite helpful. In addition to a manned by volunteer info. desk, you can buy some small gifts and cards...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

Started here. Free and friendly. A lovely lady gave us all kinds of information on what to do and see on balboa park, a free walking guide to the gardens, hits on how to save money on tickets, and ideas on what to see and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank jkzoo
Reviewed May 8, 2017

Located in the House of Hospitality building, this may be a good place to visit, and find out all the ins and outs of Balboa Park. You will find the staff eager to help, and all with a smile. Free internet.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed April 13, 2017

Kudos to our tour guide, David! He was the best. As a retired architect, he gave us detailed information about the buildings and the purpose of each one. Balboa Park came into its own via the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the original buildings! You...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Cathy P
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