Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
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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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  • december nights
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  • h fleet
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    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.

    HISTORY · April 21, 2010
  • 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.

  • Pepsi

    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!

    Pepsi · July 1, 2011
  • Visit San Diego

    Recently, Balboa Park launched a new iPhone app to help visitors explore and navigate the park's 1,200 acres.

    Visit San Diego · November 17, 2010
  • Sony

    If you're heading to the Pride Festival this weekend, stop by the Sony booth for good music, gadgets, giveaways, and lots of grooving!

    Sony · July 12, 2013
  • Sony

    Hey Turkey Trot runners! Remember to hydrate. As you get to aid stations, stay in the middle of the road, make eye contact with the volunteer, grab a cup, pinch & drink. Keep Calm & Run On...#Walkman Read more

    Sony · November 19, 2012
  • Sony

    Happy 40th #SDPride! If you’re going this weekend, stop by the Sony booth & say hi. We've got gadgets, free swag and plenty of giveaways.

    Sony · July 18, 2014
  • Jason H.

    Walking through Balboa park is a must in San Diego

    Jason Huber · April 1, 2010
  • Melodie T.

    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

    Melodie Tao · April 4, 2010
  • Arthur M.

    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.

    Arthur Mitchell · February 28, 2012
  • Thrillist

    Hit up the nation’s largest sports museum and don’t miss the 40 exhibits of local athletes who are way better at sports than you.

    Thrillist · June 14, 2013
  • Mark K.

    great place to take pictures

    Mark Kelley · October 24, 2010
  • Jill

    Every Tuesday there are certain museums that are free to San Diego County residents. For those non-San Diegans prices are reasonable.

    Jill · December 4, 2009
  • RunRocknRoll Marathon

    The Start Line of the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, which will take place June 6, 2010. Go to our website for more info or to register!! Read more

    RunRocknRoll Marathon · April 13, 2010
  • Charles C.

    perfect time of year to go for evening walks.

    Charles Cochrane · November 4, 2009
  • Softub

    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.

    Softub · February 29, 2012
  • Quang N.

    the next best thing to Central Park!!!!

    Quang Nguyen · February 3, 2012
  • Pete U.

    You must see the museums here! Also an awesome spot to shoot photos with family and friends.

    Pete Ulatan · January 21, 2010
  • Leah S.

    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.

    Leah Sadowski · September 10, 2010
  • Amanda F.

    Go to the spanish village art center

    Amanda Frear · July 24, 2010
  • Melissa D.

    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

    Melissa DelaCalzada · March 21, 2010
  • Allis C.

    Perfect place to sit and people watch :)

    Allis Czerepka · July 19, 2011
  • San Diego's Bowl Games

    Preferred Partner! Second Day FREE on the Old Town Trolley City Tour with first day purchase. Must show 2010 Holiday Bowl or Poinsettia Bowl game ticket - a $34.00 value! (619) 298-8687

    San Diego's Bowl Games · November 24, 2010
  • David O.

    The Spanish Village is a must stop!

    David Oates · January 31, 2010
  • Michael

    So much to see in so little time

    Michael · December 27, 2009

    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

    USA TODAY · June 14, 2013
  • Desirae

    It is completely legal to drink on some of the lawns in the park. Be mindful of the signs.

    Desirae · May 23, 2013
  • Veronica A.

    You can always find something new; wonderful trails along the 163 freeway off of 6th avenue.

    Veronica Arvizu · February 24, 2013
  • Sreekanth K.

    San Diego Museum of Art was great. Excellent 15-17th century European art.

    Sreekanth Kumandan · August 10, 2014
  • Chitio R.

    Free wifi in all The park! Awesome!

    Chitio Rendon · January 1, 2013
  • Gilbert G.

    I love running through Balboa Park!

    Gilbert Gaona · May 19, 2010
  • Marie P.

    watching the lawn bowlers is always fun.

    Marie Patino · February 2, 2010
  • Star A.

    Wanderfull view

    Star A. · January 5, 2014
  • Andrea N.

    The architecture in this park is 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..

    Andrea Newland · December 8, 2013
  • Peter Angelo R.

    Be early if you're looking for parking

    Peter Angelo Redublo · October 27, 2013
  • Paul D.


    Paul Dougherty · June 17, 2013
  • Scott R.

    Arguably more San Diegan than the sun! Why aren't you here more often? Shame on you and your house!

    Scott R. · February 17, 2012
  • Peggy G.

    Walk or run in AIDS Walk & Run San Diego and support a great cause!

    Peggy Gartin · September 26, 2010
  • Nan

    @mrcippy look for the dude with bunnies on a leash. (not a euphemism)

    Nan · September 21, 2010
  • Stevie Ramon

    Great views of Downtown, clean and on point!!!

    Stevie Ramon · August 19, 2010
  • Gerald G.

    Parking off 6th avenue (other side of Cabrillo bridge) better options

    Gerald Gapusan · August 18, 2010
  • Christina R.

    My next door neighbor.

    Christina Rain · March 7, 2010
  • Jenna Rose R.

    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.

    Jenna Rose Robbins · January 23, 2014
  • Terry 🙏 G.

    Balboa Park is a special place to make memories. Christmas is spectacular. Never ending festivities & events plus miles to walk amid the museums, the biggest gum tree, the artists walk, fountain etc.

    Terry 🙏 Glad · January 20, 2014
  • Juan Camilo G.

    Great experience attending december nights , good food and ambiance.

    Juan Camilo Gallo-H. · December 7, 2013
  • Natalia S.

    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 :)

    Natalia Silva-Castillo · September 28, 2012
  • Jeffrey K.

    Visit the back of the Museum of Art, the museum itself, Japanese friendship garden, stone bridge, and the main fountain :)

    Jeffrey Kaemmerling · July 11, 2012
  • Albert S.

    Agradable paseo con wifi gratuito en todo el parque. El jardin botanico y el lago central esta bien

    Albert Segura · August 25, 2013
  • Vanusa m.

    preservar para poder usar com dignidade

    Vanusa mota · March 17, 2014
  • Claudia A.

    Enorme y lindo, el más grande después del Central Park.

    Claudia Amaro · January 13, 2014

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