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“Gardens Art and people watching”
Review of Balboa Park

Balboa Park
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Ranked #3 of 435 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 young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Gardens Art and people watching”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Loved the Art museum, photographic museum, rose garden and cactus garden. Very well maintained historic buildings.

Visited July 2013
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Amazingly beautiful! Highlight of my trip to San Diego.”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visited Balboa Park on our last day, and I'm so pleased that we did. It was definitely a highlight of our time in the lovely San Diego.
There are several museums to visit, some free and some with admission fees but as we were on a budget we decided to just take in the beauty and walk around snapping away with the camera.

The park is absolutely beautiful, and so easy to get to on public transport. (We just jumped on a bus from downtown and it took around 10 minutes!)
The atmosphere is brilliant, it's obviously a tourist hotspot but its not over crowded and it seems like a lot of the locals like this place too!

The greenery is beautiful and so are the museum buildings. The architecture is amazing and I found that I could stay there all day taking photos and looking around,

Plenty of vendors around too if you get hungry or the kids want an ice cream!

Definitely worth the visit.

Visited July 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A perfect place to visit!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I never imagined there's a place like this in San diego..soooo undisturbed yet sooo beautiful!!! It's actually my first time to see Balboa Park, which at first i thought was just a piece of a small ordinary park..And when i finally took my glance at it, i was totally in awe...what a beautiful work of art and architecture! There were so many people (it's summer!)..having picnics, strolling, taking pictures....so relaxing! Definitely, i will be back!

Visited June 2013
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“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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