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. Arrange your visit to Balboa Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Diego using our San Diego trip itinerary maker site .
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Balboa Park Reviews
Located near downtown San Diego, this park is one of the best in the country. It offers a very relaxing experience as well as many fun things to do. A very good place to run and exercise but also many... more »
Had a trip to the park mainly to go to the zoo which needs no review as it is well renowned for its brilliance, but a walk around the rest of the park is a treat loads to see museum's, nature ,hidden ... more »
We visited the Museum of Art and was very pleased with the paintings and sculptures inside.It's $10 entrance donation for Seniors.Such a big place to walk and we enjoyed their gardens,there's little r... more »
I had a great experience visiting the Balboa park, in my opinion is immense! and so a good place for strolling around and just enjoy yourself. The greenery is amazing! And every now and then you come across some ancient trees that make you realize how lucky we are to have this beautiful park in the San Diego area. Also make sure to pay a visit to the Old Globe theater where amazing plays are going on year around. The days that I spent visiting the Balboa park are days to remember forever.
Balboa Park is one of my favorite places in San Diego because it is natural, beautiful and free of charge. The Museum of Man costs money, but its enough to skip the ticket price and take in the architecture from the outside. There is a greenhouse that is free further inside the park, past the Museum of Man via the long, columned walkways. If you’re physically able, I’d recommend renting a Bird scooter and cruising through the lesser trafficked areas of the park. The large outdoor organ is unique, I’ve never seen anything like it, and it was actually pretty cool to hear it playing when I was last there. I think the Palm Trails are amazing, and I wish I had spent more time on them.
I love City Parks. I have a new king among them - Balboa Park in San Diego. It is exquisite. The architecture is gorgeous and the amount of free activities is simply amazing. There are a number of museums that you can visit. Or you can simply walk around and enjoy all the beautiful vegetation. Also the park has a 5 star Disc Golf Course. I am definitely a big fan, and hope to return some day.
The park is great for walking paths, museums, restaurants and weekend activities. This includes activities for children. During good weather this park is busy with lots of walking traffic. This includes the Old Globe Theatre, Museum of Man, and a few art museums. All are open on weekends and during the week. Balboa Park has much to offer. Parking may be a problem so be prepared to do a bit of walking. Even though there are several parking lots they can be full especially during public events.
All FIVE STARS for the best park in this part of world. A wholesome place to be there with your family, with your girlfriend or solo. You will never feel bored. Museums, Theater, Zoo, Botanical garden, art, shopping and environment, lovely food, lot of greenery and opulence in ambience: what else you want!! I and my BOSS -:) my wife were there and spent two days in his park, yet it was never enough. May be some other time, more time. ❤️ U BALBOA & MISS YOU
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