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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)
    Akili G.
    "... of art between the many museums that gives the park it's purpose."(5 Tips)
    Jenn F.
    "Hiking trails, gardens, museums, people watching, food + drink."(30 Tips)
    Alex H.
    "stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture"(11 Tips)
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  • Connie C.
    Beautiful and clean park filled with many many different things to see and do, including be museums and gardens.
  • 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
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyNovember 11, 2015
    Great for a stroll-- cool old Mexican/mission style architecture and interesting street performers
  • 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!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 27, 2015
    Tons of museums, gardens, etc could spend a whole day here! Love the architecture.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jenn F.
    Jenn FrenchJune 7, 2015
    Love everything about it. Hiking trails, gardens, museums, people watching, food + drink.
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 5
  • 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
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HeffernanMarch 19, 2015
    Huge and beautiful park. Check out the tea place, gardens and many museums.
  • Ilaria
    IlariaMarch 10, 2015
    I expected something more from this park. Few places where to eat and the palm canyon was nothing special. Nice botanic garden
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Alfa S.
    Alfa SantosDecember 4, 2014
    Parking is almost nonexistent during events and weekends. Be patient, take public transportation, or be ready to walk.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 May 17
  • 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.
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nate T.
    Nate TinnerApril 27, 2013
    The dueling street preachers are a sight to see. Check out the Christian ones though. They might have some Truth for ya.
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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
    Get to the water fountain by 7:30pm! Come earlier if you wanna socialize with other bikers! And bring your roadbike!
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.May 12, 2012
    Desperado for parking on a busy weekend? Try BEHIND the Air & Space Museum south end of the park. You're welcome.
  • So Cal Bounce
    So Cal BounceApril 7, 2012
    Unfortunately Balboa Park does not allow Bounce House Rentals anywhere in the park, but check out our Parks Page and find parks near you that do. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • San Diego's Bowl Games
    San Diego's Bowl GamesNovember 24, 2010
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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