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Balboa Park, San Diego

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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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  • There are a lot of nice buildings in the middle of this park in a arhitectural way of speaking. I'm sure there are also restaurants there and ballrooms because when we arrived in the park there were l...  more »
  • Excited to visit Balboa Park, not disappointed. Spent the admiring the gardens, had a wonderful lunch and watermelon margarita at Prado! The perfect day trip!  more »
  • If you are ever in San Diego this is a must see. There are about a dozen museums here. Art, natural history, science, model railroads, and local history are some of what you can see in a very pleasant...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite places to visit in the whole United States. The museums are all excellent, but can get expensive to see more than one or two. Some are free, but we found out that most of those are closed on Monday. The arboretum is always free and open though. Most important is to go to the artisan village between the museums and the zoo. It is full of beautiful things, and you will be able to find gifts to bring home. Most of them will ship too. Overall, this is a great place to spend a day. There are a few places to eat and tons to explore even if you skip the museums. It is a must see every time I make it to San Diego.
  • Balboa is a must see in San Diego. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The architecture is amazing. Our museums are incredible. It's peaceful (in some areas) & fun and entertaining in others. There are lots of places to take great photos as well.
  • It's a 15 minute walk from my house and centrally located for people who have to make the drive in from elsewhere in the county. The setting is beautiful, you have views of the city sky line, beautiful historic houses dot the perimeter, there's a myriad of museums there. I visit the botanical gardens every month and there's a golf course multiple dog parks and endless trails... If it sounds like a lot, it is, and it's easy to get lost in, but there are no bad parts to wind up in!
  • Beautiful place. Lots to explore and to see everything you will need lots of time. We road the four person bikes from @wheel of fun. The instructor said where we could go and even gave us tips on the uphill parts.... Eat your wheetes if rent one, they are fun but it's a workout.
  • I use Morley Field Archery Range three times a week. It is one of the better ranges public ranges. San Diego Archers does a great job maintaining this range and the Powell range. The cost is only $2.00. There are lessons and a summer league available as well as programs for veterans and wounded warriors at Morley. San Diego Archers host an 3D or field round event once a month at Powell.