Balboa Park

Park, Museum, and Performing Arts Venue
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
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  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 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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    Juan Camilo G.
    "Great experience attending december nights , good food and ambiance."(3 Tips)
    Brandon T.
    "Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a cup"(3 Tips)
    Julie C.
    "free tram ride on the south side"(3 Tips)
    Jimmy H.
    "Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums."(19 Tips)
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  • 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 · 2 weeks ago
  • Jenn F.

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

    Jenn French · 3 weeks ago
  • David G.

    The botanical garden s are beautiful. 😎

    David Grove · May 31
  • Ksenia S.

    Красиво и умиротворенно. Не очень много людей. Потрясающая архитектура

  • 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
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    Brick Wall · March 23
  • 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
  • A. G.

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

    A. 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
  • Egoberto L.

    Muchos museos, áreas verdes. Muy cerca de Tijuana

  • 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
  • Jocelyn J.

    Too much to walk, need a whole day

    Jocelyn Jota · December 20, 2014
  • Natalie C.

    Great park!

    Natalie Chester · December 14, 2014
  • Alfa S.

    Parking is almost nonexistent during events and weekends. Be patient, take public transportation, or be ready to walk.

    Alfa Santos · December 4, 2014
  • Juan Camilo G.

    Beautiful day today , very sunny. One of the best plans to do in San Diego.

    Juan Camilo Gallo-H. · November 26, 2014
  • Andrew C.

    Always good for a walk. It's like going to Andalusia, Spain.

    Andrew C · November 24, 2014
  • Michael C.

    Amazing place to spend an enjoyable and casual day. Every time I am here I feel like I am in Northern California. So much to do here with 17 great museums or just relax and explore the park.

    Michael Carroll · November 15, 2014
  • Carol

    Halloween time with the boys

    Carol · October 26, 2014
  • Дмитрий Ю.

    Неописуемая красота. Очень красивый парк. Если в Сан Диего, обязательно посетить!

    Дмитрий Юркин · October 21, 2014
  • Priyadarshini S.

    For a low price you can see a lot of things :) nice gardens!

    Priyadarshini Singha · October 19, 2014

    That's good

    BERNARD CHIEDOZIE · October 8, 2014
  • Mike B.

    An incredible grouping of art and museums

    Mike Barker · October 4, 2014
  • Melanie G.

    A must see! First time for my husband and I. So glad we didn't miss it! Get the app to navigate :)

    Melanie George · September 29, 2014
  • Lorena N.

    Check out houses from@all around the world.

    Lorena Nascimento · September 16, 2014
  • Jou F.

    La casa de Prado y el restaurante el ambiente californiano es lo mejor

    Jou Flandes · September 2, 2014
  • Martin K.

    Das Biermuseum👍👍👍🍻

    Martin Kleinfeld · August 28, 2014
  • Raquel F.

    Beautiful architecture. I wish I spent more time here.

    Raquel Fraktas · August 20, 2014
  • Kendra M.

    You can drink in front of the botanical building.

    Kendra Muscarella · August 18, 2014
  • Cole C.

    Pull out a towel and lay out! Good for a run!

    Cole Correa · August 14, 2014
  • Natalie S.

    The organ pavilion

    Natalie Solis · August 14, 2014

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