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“Coming Home Again”
Review of Balboa Park

Balboa Park
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Balboa Park Segway Tour
Ranked #3 of 439 things to do in San Diego
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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
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Coming Home Again”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I grew up in San Diego and recently returned after 30 years away. Balboa Park is more beautiful now than it ever has been. Packed a picnic lunch and walked the parks and museums. Great photo ops, street performers, people watching and beautifully maintained grounds. Parking behind the organ pavilion is free and plentiful. Know that the Art Museum is closed on Wednesdays so I felt bad that I missed the one museum I wanted to see. But took in the Air and Space Museum instead and it was a fun diversion. Fees for some attractions/museums but also a day pass available online that is a good value for multiple attractions. Other than the Air and Space Museum, we did not pay anything for a nice afternoon in a beautiful location.

Visited July 2013
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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“Beautiful park”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Very nice and big park with good playgrounds. There are some beautiful buildings in the park and some trails which you can walk on.
Free parking is available all around the park which turns it into a cheap and relaxing thing to do when visiting San Diego.

Visited July 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Puppet Show”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

The puppet show is a waste of money. Very amateurish, old-school production. My grandsons and I could not believe any public venue would charge money for something like this in a world-class park! Don't waste your time or money!

Visited July 2013
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“Definitely should visit!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Beautiful park with all sorts of museums! I didn't have much time,but if I would, I would spend at least three days in this park.

Visited July 2013
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“Museums galore”
Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful area. Numerous museums to visit. There is even a free park tram to get you from side to side of this enourmous park. Interesting history. The San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park. Definitely worth going to walk around or visiting a museum or just sitting and enjoying the architecture.

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