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Balboa Park

Park, Museum, and Performing Arts Venue
Balboa Park, San Diego
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  • Mohammed
    "Great place to spend a whole day wandering around."(7 Tips)
    Jimmy H.
    "Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums."(5 Tips)
    Jenn F.
    "Hiking trails, gardens, museums, people watching, food + drink."(31 Tips)
    Alex H.
    "stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture"(11 Tips)
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  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    According to my good friend Nayang in Botswana, there’s a meerkat wandering this place that stole his nana’s wedding band. So if you see a meerkat with a ring, grab him and contact me immediately.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Rachyl
    RachylMarch 26, 2013
    Every 1st-4th Tuesday is a different free museum for San Diego residents and military! HAVE TO HAVE ID AS PROOF ! One can go to the same museum once a month and ALWAYS discover something new&amazing!
  • Bethany R.
    Bethany RiveraSeptember 16, 2015
    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!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Akili G.
    Akili GreerApril 20, 2015
    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.
  • Allison S.
    Allison SApril 13
    One of my favorite places in San Diego. Dozens of museums that can fit anyone's interests. Beautiful landscapes and tons of food options, and live music! Good place for a day of learning or leisure
    Downvoted Jul 12
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandDecember 8, 2013
    The architecture in this park is amazing..love the splash of color inside the park (umbrellas) easy to run through and would love to check out the museums next time...great street performers too..
  • Asuman A.
    Asuman AkcanNovember 30, 2013
    Even if you cannot make it to the museums, it is a must see location. Must walk through El Prado. A very well planned park. You should plan your day according to each site's business hours; all varies
    Downvoted Jul 9
  • Michael C.
    Michael CarrollNovember 15, 2014
    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.
  • Stacey R.
    Stacey RumpfJune 19, 2015
    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.
  • Jenna Rose R.
    Jenna Rose RobbinsJanuary 23, 2014
    So many treasures to explore. The museums alone will take you days to get through. At sunset, the buildings glow for picture-perfect photo ops. You don't need to spend much to enjoy a day here.
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QMarch 5, 2015
    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
  • Annie D.
    Annie Downing2 weeks ago
    I really enjoy this park. Everyone is playing Pokemon Go on the tram so good luck finding a spot to sit. The park is pretty packed with Pokemon Go players so just be aware. Beautiful park still...
  • Vuong N.
    Vuong NguyenJuly 4, 2010
    There are so many things to do here. Bring a camera. Check out the pond in front of the arbortorium, have tea near the zen garden, rose garden, science centers, and listen to music at organ pavilion
  • Melodie T.
    Melodie TaoApril 4, 2010
    My favorite place in San Diego! For natives AND tourists! Enjoy something new each time: Hike on the trails, IMAX at Ruben H Fleet, theatrical performances, lunch at the Prado, museums galore, etc Read more
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 21, 2010
    Placed in reserve in 1835, this is one of the oldest sites in the U.S. dedicated to public recreational usage. It is named after the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
    Upvoted Jul 10
  • Pepsi
    PepsiJuly 1, 2011
    This could possibly be one of San Diego's most attractive and beautiful regions. Visit Sundays or Tuesdays to avoid the crowd and be sure to check out the San Diego Zoo!
    Upvoted Jul 10
  • Softub
    SoftubFebruary 29, 2012
    Packed with history, beautiful architecture, amazing cafes, and restaurants; Balboa Park offers something for everyone. It's perfect for couples, friends, families, and dogs--yes, there's a dog park.
  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 22, 2015
    Best place to relax, take in some sunshine, people watch, enjoy dogs being happy, feel a jetliner fly overhead, have a picnic, exercise...you get it.
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellFebruary 28, 2012
    Came into it's own as the location of the 1915 Panama–California Exposition, which each created architectural landmarks for the park. It is home to over a dozen museums and the World Famous SD Zoo.
  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    We could spend days in Balboa Park! The park is filled with phenomenal museums, beautiful gardens, the San Diego Zoo, outdoor activities and so much more.
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellFebruary 28, 2012
    Came into it's own as the location of the 1915 Panama–California Exposition, which created the architectural landmarks for the park. It is home to over a dozen museums and the World Famous SD Zoo.
  • romy j.
    romy jonJuly 11, 2014
    Take a quick glance at a map of Barcelona and you’ll notice how the city fans out towards the mountains from a nucleus of entangled streets. Read more
  • Julie C.
    Julie CummingsJanuary 27, 2015
    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!
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayJanuary 12
    My favorite park as a child and still is pretty amazing. Free parking. Come to just walk around or visit one of the many museums.
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 14, 2013
    Download the travel guide and spend days in this city park's various museums -- don't miss the world's fastest jet at the Air & Space Museum! Read more
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DelaCalzadaMarch 21, 2010
    Residents Free Tuesday--Complete ScheduleAs a public service, Balboa Park organizations offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first 4 Tuesdays of the month to San Diego City & County resid Read more
  • Paige C.
    Paige CAugust 20, 2015
    I'll definitely have to come back to check out the beautiful gardens - but this park is beautiful and has so much to see!
    Upvoted Jun 1
  • Corinne K.
    Corinne KangApril 22, 2011
    Great place for museum hopping & photo oops. Don't forget to visit the Rose & desert garden after the bridge and and the day with shots of sunset with the Balbao skyline.
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaAugust 14, 2015
    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!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyNovember 11, 2015
    Great for a stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture and interesting street performers
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 27, 2015
    Tons of museums, gardens, etc could spend a whole day here! Love the architecture.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeApril 24
    Biking around the park saves a lot of time. $7 per hour. We enjoyed the botanical garden and the bonsai clubs bonsai exhibition
  • Jenn F.
    Jenn FrenchJune 7, 2015
    Love everything about it. Hiking trails, gardens, museums, people watching, food + drink.
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HeffernanMarch 19, 2015
    Huge and beautiful park. Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums.
  • Hilton Gaslamp
    Hilton GaslampAugust 9, 2011
    We are so fortunate to have this beautiful park right in the heart of San Diego! Don't miss free Tuesdays in the park if you are a San Diego resident. Just a cab ride away from us!
  • PR Nutrition Inc
    PR Nutrition IncOctober 13, 2011
    This park is great for quick workouts on the 79 acres of perfectly groomed landscape and breathtaking views of San Diego almost every clear day!
  • Tim I.
    Tim Ingmire3 weeks ago
    Prepare to spend lots of time here - you could easily spend several days visiting the park and the various museums / zoo.
  • Connie C.
    Beautiful and clean park filled with many many different things to see and do, including be museums and gardens.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Tolga S.
    Tolga SFebruary 8
    Nice park with lots of museums . I could not visit museums but park is really relaxing and alive with attractions ...
  • WATSON
    WATSONJanuary 28
    Beautiful. Amazing. Cool architecture & museums. Going here all the time.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaemmerlingJuly 11, 2012
    Visit the back of the Museum of Art, the museum itself, Japanese friendship garden, stone bridge, and the main fountain :)
  • Natalia S.
    Natalia Silva-CastilloSeptember 28, 2012
    Start with a coffee at "Daniel's coffee bean" at the Visitor Center plus a quick restroom visit, and you are good to go! Enjoy the exploring :)
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BethuneFebruary 27
    Went to museum of man. Really really well done. The whole park is beautiful, be ready to spend at least a day.
  • Sreekanth K.
    Sreekanth KumandanAugust 10, 2014
    San Diego Museum of Art was great. Excellent 15-17th century European art.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMay 26, 2012
    Get to the water fountain by 7:30pm! Come earlier if you wanna socialize with other bikers! And bring your roadbike!
  • Viviana D.
    Viviana DelgadilloApril 5, 2015
    beautiful museums and gardens you can spend all day just admiring the beauty the old globe is great as well
  • Leah S.
    Leah SadowskiSeptember 10, 2010
    Every time I go here I find another treasure I didn't know about! If you are a dog owner/lover you need to check out the dog park and have a drink at the sculpture garden/cafe.
  • Mayuresh H.
    Mayuresh HajirnisOctober 26, 2015
    Lots of museums, fascinating international houses, great place to hangout
  • Jill
    JillDecember 4, 2009
    Every Tuesday there are certain museums that are free to San Diego County residents. For those non-San Diegans prices are reasonable.
  • James B.
    James BakerJanuary 15, 2015
    Just about everything. Gibe yourself time to see it all. Free tram from Inspiration Point was fun/wild.
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