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Balboa Park, San Diego

(4.7/5 based on 8,500+ reviews on the web)
An urban park, Balboa Park is home to 490 hectares (1,200 acres) of landscaped gardens, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, recreational spaces, art studios, museums, and theaters. Stroll through the Desert Garden or Japanese Friendship Garden to admire the park's diverse plant and animal life, or tour the San Diego Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum. Take advantage of the park's free tram service to get around. Use our San Diego trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Balboa Park and other attractions in San Diego.
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  • This would definitely be on my favorites list. There is plenty to do here, from the Natural History Museum to the Model Train Museum, there is something for everyone.  more »
  • Try to catch a concert at Spreckles Organ Pavilion..truly memorable. The gardens in the park make for a wonderful and leisurely day with loved ones  more »
  • This is truly the crown jewel of San Diego. Yes, I know, the beaches...... but this park, is so beautiful and serene. There's something to do for everyone. My favorite is the garden inside the pavilio...  more »
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  • A landmark. So many great venues. Easy to spend days meandering about. Tuesday is free admission to a roaring selection of museums. That is each week a couple of museums are free. It's different each week. The park includes the superb San Diego Zoo, several restaurants, lots of museums, wonderful landscaping, and more. Our nonprofit is one of many that choose the park for our events.
  • Maybe my favorite place in San Diego. Want to feel cultured? Pick a museum. What about a sense of community? There's always something going on. A nice date? The whole park is beautiful!
  • Balboa park is my #1 recommended place for tourists to go through. At night or day doesnt matter. During the day however there are free museums and an orchid pavilion to stroll through. But i loved running through at night too. The cathedral and chapels are all lit up with pretty lights. Nice park all around!
  • Largest Urban park in the US at 1100 acres. Has a lot of history and a really cool bridge as the entrance. There are several museums and exhibition halls as well as the San Diego Zoo and The worlds largest outdoor organ (they added 3 pipes last year just to make sure). The Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Man are among my favorites. At the museum of Man, the California Tower tour is a must! Going up about 150 steps can seem daunting at first, but you stop on every floor to learn history of the park and San Diego.
  • Wonderful architecture. Please ensure that you have multiple days since 1 day is not enough to see the various museums. Great place to walk around as well. There are lot of parking lots.