Balboa Park

Park, Museum, and Performing Arts Venue · Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
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Balboa Park: the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes.


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    Jimmy H.
    "Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums."(4 Tips)
    Brandon T.
    "Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a cup"(3 Tips)
    David G.
    "The botanical garden s are beautiful."(4 Tips)
    Alex H.
    "stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture"(10 Tips)
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  • museums
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  • architecture
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  • park
  • free Wifi
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  • Alex H.

    Great for a stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture and interesting street performers

    Alex Hennessey · 2 weeks ago
  • Ece B.

    Beatiful ❤️

    Ece Bolat · 3 weeks ago
  • Yulia S.

    For the whole day

    Yulia Soldatova · 3 weeks ago
  • Mayuresh H.

    Lots of museums, fascinating international houses, great place to hangout

    Mayuresh Hajirnis · October 26
  • Michelle Von Q.

    Michelle von Quilich has traveled to many different cities and loves being in beautiful places. Read more

    Michelle Von Quilich · October 19
  • Deyanira R.

    Really lovely place to rest, relax, exercise, or just to stay

    Deyanira Rodriguez · October 11
  • Lucile F.

    Blew me away so much to see and such a wonderful experience.

    Lucile Francois · October 11
  • Minifer S.

    Beautiful sight and lots of different museums for all interests.

    Minifer Supertramp · September 23
  • Kelvin S.

    Pretty place for relaxing

    Kelvin Smith · September 23
  • Baha P.

    This place is huge, get ready to walk

    Baha PT · September 19
  • Bethany R.

    Must visit place in San Diego! Beautiful Gardens, Architecture, fountains, Museums and even free organ concerts some evenings! Beautiful photo ops too. Thank you Samuel Rivera Photography!

    Bethany Rivera · September 16
  • Rachel H.

    Great place for dog walking

    Rachel Heinz · September 7
  • Donovan C.

    Nice place to stroll and just take a relaxing evening walk.

    Donovan Charles · September 3
  • Mary S.

    Tons of museums, gardens, etc could spend a whole day here! Love the architecture.

    Mary S · August 27
  • Jake Y.

    Brig your own food and water to save money.

    Jake Yeaton · August 24
  • TheDL

    Best place to relax, take in some sunshine, people watch, enjoy dogs being happy, feel a jetliner fly overhead, have a picnic, get it.

    TheDL · August 22
  • Paige C.

    I'll definitely have to come back to check out the beautiful gardens - but this park is beautiful and has so much to see!

    Paige C · August 20
  • Sean M.

    Great place to get some exercise. A must visit if you are staying in San Diego.

    Sean Miller · August 20
  • Julia E.

    Feels like I am in Balboa, Spain for real :)

    Julia Estrebor · August 14
  • Katarina K.

    The grassy slope facing west at the top of the park on the southwest corner is great for watching planes land. They fly right overhead!

    Katarina Katsma · August 14
  • Stacey R.

    Great way to spend a day. You really do need at least one whole day to explore. Wear comfy shoes and be prepared to enjoy a wonderful blend of plant life, flowers, art, exhibits and more.

    Stacey Rumpf · June 19
  • Jenn F.

    Love everything about it. Hiking trails, gardens, museums, people watching, food + drink.

    Jenn French · June 7
  • David G.

    The botanical garden s are beautiful. 😎

    David Grove · May 31
  • Antoine R.

    The best park to go to in San Diego ♡

    Antoine R. · May 25
  • Andrei C.

    Free tram is not for everyone. Driver didn't let us in with a stroller and a sleeping child in it.

    Andrei Charnou · April 25
  • Akili G.

    A lovely place to visit. Luscious greenery and flowers with multiple gardens, tons of beautiful exhibits and pieces of art between the many museums that gives the park it's purpose.

    Akili Greer · April 20
  • Alexis D.

    Architecture it's a thumbs up

    Alexis Dixon · April 17
  • Viviana D.

    beautiful museums and gardens you can spend all day just admiring the beauty the old globe is great as well

  • Herekitty

    An absolute must see if you're in San Diego. Like a dream.

    Herekitty · March 30
  • Brick W.

    Love it when the WiFi is fast.

    Brick Wall · March 23
  • Brick W.

    Great place to work remotely in the afternoons.

    Brick Wall · March 23
  • Sasha T.

    It's huge! Many museums and gardens and routs for walking.

    Sasha Tkachenko · March 19
  • Jimmy H.

    Huge and beautiful park. Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums.

    Jimmy Heffernan · March 19
  • Ilaria

    I expected something more from this park. Few places where to eat and the palm canyon was nothing special. Nice botanic garden

    Ilaria · March 10
  • D. G.

    Not as great as I thought it would be but it's still a must visit place.

    D. Gönen · March 6
  • Kimberly Q.

    Probably my favorite place here in San Diego. If you're a SD resident/active military definitely take advantage of the Free Tuesday museum admissions. There's always something new to discover here

    Kimberly Q · March 5
  • Diana M.

    Beautiful place and awesome view

    Diana Martinez · February 22
  • Mike H.

    Great place to visit need several days to explore the whole park

    Mike High · February 21
  • desi n.

    Fleet museum is amazing😆😍

    desi nuno · February 15
  • Natasha L.

    Beautiful. Cute. Amazing. Calm. Peaceful. So many great memories come to mind in this gorgeous park. :) #datenight

    Natasha Loomis · February 3
  • Cesar

    Great place to spend the weekend.

    Cesar · February 2
  • Julie C.

    Lots of walking. You can take a free tram ride on the south side of the park to save some steps. You'll definitely want to bring a camera!

    Julie Cummings · January 27
  • Kevin A.

    The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego sets up a stand on Saturdays! Free hula hooping and knowledge.

    Kevin Adler · January 24
  • James B.

    Just about everything. Gibe yourself time to see it all. Free tram from Inspiration Point was fun/wild.

    James Baker · January 15
  • Alex D.

    Huge park with beautiful colonial buildings.

    Alex Dobyan · January 9
  • Stella

    You can't leave without buying some freshly squeezed lemonade. It's super super good!

    Stella · January 6
  • Paul S.

    Always nice to walk around

    Paul Smith · December 31, 2014
  • Meredith M.

    Tons to see and do. If you love taking photos and walking around gardens, plan for a whole day here.

    Meredith Maimoni · December 29, 2014
  • J. J.

    Too much to walk, need a whole day

    J. Jota · December 20, 2014
  • Natalie C.

    Great park!

    Natalie Chester · December 14, 2014

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