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Balboa Park

Park and Museum
Balboa Park, San Diego
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  • Go here. Experience the museums. It's worth it.
  • Akili G.
    "... of art between the many museums that gives the park it's purpose."(5 Tips)
    Mae A.
    "Beautiful gardens and architectural museums"(34 Tips)
    Zhanna
    "Architecture, nature, everything makes your heart ❤️ beat faster"(15 Tips)
    Brandon E.
    "other day enjoy the trails and nature...relax and enjoy life"(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 Dec 10, 2017
  • 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!
  • Rachyl
    RachylMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Evelina P.
    Evelina ProdanovaOctober 23, 2017
    It is a little paradise, beautiful gardens and architecture, full of free things to do, street artists to enjoy as well as interesting museums. There is a free concert on organ at 2 pm every Sunday
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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 Oct 29, 2017
  • 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.
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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 DowningAugust 12, 2016
    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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyNovember 11, 2015
    Great for a stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture and interesting street performers
  • 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!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 27, 2015
    Tons of museums, gardens, etc could spend a whole day here! Love the architecture.
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MicheleJune 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Love everything about it. Hiking trails, gardens, museums, people watching, food + drink.
  • JimmyGotUps
    JimmyGotUpsMarch 19, 2015
    Huge and beautiful park. Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeApril 24, 2016
    Biking around the park saves a lot of time. $7 per hour. We enjoyed the botanical garden and the bonsai clubs bonsai exhibition
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Melodie T.
    Melodie TaoApril 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Mohammed
    MohammedMarch 31, 2016
    Great place to spend a whole day wandering around.
  • Sreekanth K.
    Sreekanth KumandanAugust 10, 2014
    San Diego Museum of Art was great. Excellent 15-17th century European art.
  • Tim I.
    Tim IngmireAugust 5, 2016
    Prepare to spend lots of time here - you could easily spend several days visiting the park and the various museums / zoo.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJune 11, 2016
    Beautiful and clean park filled with many many different things to see and do, including be museums and gardens.
  • WATSON
    WATSONJanuary 28, 2016
    Beautiful. Amazing. Cool architecture & museums. Going here all the time.
  • Tolga
    TolgaFebruary 8, 2016
    Nice park with lots of museums . I could not visit museums but park is really relaxing and alive with attractions ...
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GeorgeSeptember 29, 2014
    A must see! First time for my husband and I. So glad we didn't miss it! Get the app to navigate :)
  • Dassia L.
    Dassia LegorretaJune 25, 2014
    Just keep walking and discovering the trees, the museums and the artist on the Main Street
  • 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
  • Luke
    LukeOctober 25, 2017
    Beautiful public space for a stroll, happens to be where the zoo and museums are, too
  • 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 :)
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMay 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get to the water fountain by 7:30pm! Come earlier if you wanna socialize with other bikers! And bring your roadbike!
  • James B.
    James BakerJanuary 15, 2015
    Just about everything. Gibe yourself time to see it all. Free tram from Inspiration Point was fun/wild.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BethuneFebruary 27, 2016
    Went to museum of man. Really really well done. The whole park is beautiful, be ready to spend at least a day.
  • Hector Z.
    Hector ZermenoOctober 27, 2016
    Great place to relax and go for a nice stroll. Also great for family time, or a romantic date at night.
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