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Balboa Park, San Diego

Categories: Playgrounds, Gardens, Fun & Games, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 7,500+ 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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  • If you come to San Diego, Balboa park is a must. Museums, gardens (don't miss the Japanese garden), trails, beautiful grounds, you name it. Be prepared to spend the day. If you want to maximize time t...  read more »
  • The park contains a lot of museums with great architecture. Outside of the museums there is a very large and beautiful park. Great place to hang out. There is a beautiful fountain and a large rose gar...  read more »
  • Great place to relax and visit several museums/zoo. Clean, family friendly, lots to do with plenty of easy to find parking and restrooms. 
  • We've been meaning to go here for the past year and finally made it by accident. Luckily it was at night so everything was lit up and looking incredible. There's a good size lightsaber duel in the eastern side of the park by a big water fountain. Many places were closed already but still nice to walk around and see everything. It's a prefect place to go and talk a walk with your significant other.
  • The crown jewel of San Diego. You could spend a week here and not run out of things to do or see. It's worth every minute, especially if you are on a budget and don't don't want to waste money. So many spots to relax and enjoy San Diego and the architecture is pretty nice as well. They even have an original IMAX domed theater that shows movies under an hour in length.
  • One of the must-see places while in San Diego! Although I did not get to see the zoo, this place has many sections offering different things to see. There's the botanical garden, outdoor gardens, mini-pools, museums, organ pavilion, Old Globe Theatre, and so much more. Everything outdoors are generally free, while most indoor attractions require an admission fee. I think if you are a SD resident, you can get into most indoor attractions for free or discounted fare (not verified, just what I heard). There's this area section filled with really old trees with huge roots and you can step in between these roots to take a picture. I really admired the architecture of the historical buildings there; all very detailed and Spanish-inspired. I really appreciate how much open space was dedicated for this public park that is itself dedicated to the arts, culture, and environment. Plan your visit to be there for 2-3hrs.
  • Beautiful park with amazing architecture. You could easily spend all day here and want to come back the next. Something for everyone, the Rose garden, the Japanese friendship garden, the architecture of the courtyard, and the little artisan shops. A really gorgeous area and a must do on any trip to San Diego.
  • 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.
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