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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful park” (614 reviews)
“japanese garden” (229 reviews)
“rose garden” (232 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed yesterday

You actually need a couple of days if you really want to experience all the museums and shows here. We spent about 8 hours here and only went to 3 museums plus all the buildings that are part of the United Nations display, which we...More

Thank Sanbelle
Reviewed yesterday

Balboa Park is a diverse attraction that might be hard to describe. Unique architecture set around a square. There are things to see, food trucks to sample, and of course some neat park area to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Thank Richard B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the park and purchased day passes for the family. A bit of an investment but well worth it if you plan to visit 3 or more museums. We took in the Aircraft, Railroad Model, Natural History, and Science Center. We found the aircraft...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Drove down from LA. Park is great. Museums, food, street performers and family friendly. Toured all the international cottages. Sweden was hosting a lawn party. Lots of fun.

Thank Zeusallover
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We came here twice - once for the Air & Space museum and once for the carousel and train. Parking isn't plentiful, so go early if you are driving. You can park at the zoo if you are prepared to walk a little; it's not...More

Thank mamacroc
Reviewed yesterday

I have to admit that it takes alot to impress me at a park as I live close to Golden Gate Park - they even have a herd of buffalo there! But this park was so much fun. My teens and I took our dog...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Balboa Park was a very nice surprise for us. Very relaxed atmosphere. Great museums and beautiful historic buildings. It is worth a visit.

Thank MochiMundo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This park land was initially set aside in 1868- what great foresight. It's special. Lots of variety, great architecture, museums, trails, picnic space. Hard to find a better park. We loved it. We walked up downtown via little Italy - was pretty easy on access...More

Thank Dianna C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Situated right next to San Diego Zoo, this park is lovely to walk through - especially at dusk. A few bars dotted around the park too.

Thank BR4DY_nz
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We love Balboa Park!! What a beautiful place to walk through. Great people watching. We love going to the IMAX theater there.

Thank maryaling
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We purchased the Balboa Park Pass and would love advice about planning how much time to spend in each museum. I realize this is subjective, but a rough estimate would be useful. My wife and I are 56 and it will just be us the first week of July. You could simply put an A, B, C, or D in front of each museum: A. 30 minutes or less; B. up to an hour max; C. 1 to 2 hours; D. 2+ hours. Here is the list:Centro Cultural de la Raza George W. Marston House Mingei International Museum Museum of Photographic Arts Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego Art Institute San Diego Automotive Museum San Diego Hall of Champions San Diego History Center San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Man San Diego Natural History Museum Timken Museum of Art Veterans Museum and Memorial Center Mineral and Gem Society Japanese Gardens Thank you!
25 June 2017|
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Response from Stephanie M | Reviewed this property |
Automotive Museum: 1hr, Air and Space: 1.25 hours, Model Railroad Museum was sort of disappointing: 1/2 hour, Museum of Man: 1 hour, Natural History Museum: 1.5 hours
How long does it take to see all of Balboa park if we are driving in sometime around noon/lunch hour? We want to eat there, see the Spanish Art Center, Sculpture Garden, Botanical Garden, and maybe a museum or 2. Should we plan to eat dinner and lunch there? Are there nightly shows at the Organ Pavilion?
3 June 2017|
Response from Annette G | Reviewed this property |
If you truly want to take in the sights, yes I would plan on spending the afternoon and early evening there. You might want to check online for shows at the organ pavilion, there were nine scheduled the time we were there... More
Noticed most museums don't open until 10:00. Are the gardens, etc open earlier? Thank you!
2 June 2017|
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Response from Gösta R | Reviewed this property |
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