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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
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Since the weather is almost always great in San Diego, Balboa Park is a perfect place to wander around & enjoy the weather & the sights. If it happens to be a rare chilly/wet day (as it was about a week ago) it's a wonderful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Astrid K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I happened to be lucky with some sort of good weather... Clouds but no rain. Walking all thru the park. The botanical garden building is free to walk thru. There is an art museum and the museum of man, both with an entrance fee.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cindy R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Musts for true hobbyists are the Railroad museum and Air & Space museum. They are good for the general public, but there are better ones to see around the U.S.. The Science museum is average and if seeing an IMAX movie, do NOT recommend "Volcanos"...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RobGolfTennis
Reviewed yesterday

Very nice park, but each museum costs quite a lot and an inclusive pass is crazy for a one day tourist. My favorite part was free- the artist village where a bunch of artist display their crafts. Browsing and admiring is free. I could spend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank landshark100
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place has lots of homeless or hippies that are smoking weed n who knows what, if your a female it's probably best to just jog or run by the main road just to be safe, I wouldn't bring my kids there, so many creepy...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jaysont560
Reviewed 2 days ago

Balboa Park is by far one of my favorite places in San Diego. I think if I was a local, I would be there every day just because the energy and the nature is so beautiful. Being it was my first time in San Diego,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a lovely park in San Diego, with multiple museums, places to eat and grounds to explore. A real gem in the city!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jim and Mary H
Reviewed 2 days ago

A lot to do and see, well worth the visit. The tourists information centre in the park itself was very helpful, you can get a headset which takes you round the attractions with audio overviews which I found very helpful.

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

Balboa Park its amazing !! With many museums, like science and history museum and many events . The weekends are the best times to go and enjoy .

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adrianakadoori
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are so many museums in Balboa Park! We are having so much fun visiting different ones from the model train museum, History, Automobile, Air & Space, and so far Art. We have more to visit while on vacation. Hopefully when weather warms up, as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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7 February 2019|
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Response from Michael W | Property representative |
The organ concerts happen weekly on Sundays at 2 pm. There are concerts at less regular times as well; if you search Spreckels Organ Society you will find the website for the organ, which includes a calendar and... More
Mariam S
11 December 2018|
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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
31 October 2018|
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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