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Balboa Park, San Diego

Must see · Playground · Garden
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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  • The park has many museum and beautiful buildings and plants. We had a pass for 4 museums but did not have enough time to fully utilize it. Japanese friendship garden was lovely. Some museum are not....  more »
  • We went to the visitors center and purchased tickets. She circled the museums that were open. When we got the tram to it it was closed. It was wednesday. They are closed wednesdays and thursdays...  more »
  • Beautiful park with many activities. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. The park is very large so it would take at least two days to fully see/participate in all that it offers.  more »
  • What a wonderful place. Definitely would return to check out more places. Please donate to make this place great. There are a lot to explorer. Great place for family vacation or couples weekend adventure. 100% recommend.
  • It was wonderful! Spent a great afternoon with the granddaughters and our son and daughter in law there. The beach was nice and clean. Lots of pretty shells to look at! My oldest granddaughter and I built a sand castle and adorned it with the pretty shells! Our youngest granddaughter helped build the sand castle! We had a blast and gave our daughter in law some time to relax while the rest of us watched our little ones play. Great day!!!
  • Balboa Park is still one of my very favorite places. Perfect for walking, even your dog! Love International Houses on Sunday! Organ Pavilion recitals, Various events, Japanese Tea Garden, Free Museum Day, TUES, for Military & residents, Globe Theater, & even a Senior Lounge! As a San Diego Senior, I feel safe walking here! I always take visitors here. There are places to eat, tourist information center, Dog Park, & Shuttle from East Parking lot. Friday is Good Truck Day! Look up history & calendar online. So much more! By the way, the Senior Lounge is a place we Seniors can meet up for walking, get out of the weather, have water or coffee, pickup their event news & meet the nicest volunteers ever!
  • Loved this place! It was so beautiful! Great architecture. Lots of museums all around. Live music everywhere and gardens. An awesome way to spend your day
  • An amazing park. There are many free attractions like the gardens and water features, open air concerts and the San Diego Historical museum. There's the San Diego zoo, the Old Globe Theater, good restaurants, botanical gardens and several museum. You can spend days exploring the park. We plan to return. There's lots of free parking. Easy access to and from I5.

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