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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado

Welcome to 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-all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.

The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30am-4:30pm daily, the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice, and more.


Shalimar Caceres

Friday, July 13, 2018
There's so much to enjoy here. First of all, the actual park with the playground is lovely. My children loved it so much more than other parks. There are also many adventures in the built out part of the park. The plant room (I forgot what it's called) is just stunning, although it can get slightly crowded in the summer. The bathrooms are clean enough to use, but they have a lot of room for improvement. Parking can be a pain, but it really depends on when you go. The food sold is very overpriced. I'm actually disappointed about that, because it's free to be there, and foot traffic is amazing, so I really wish snacks and drinks could be reasonably priced instead of theme park priced. Every time I visited a local musician was playing by the water, and it set a really nice mood. You might also catch a concert on the actual stage if you're lucky. Overall, I love spending the day here with the family. Just the free parts make it worth the trip.

Aly SM

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Balboa park is such a great place. Definitely a must visit whether you're a local or just visiting. It's a beautiful and large park with lots of things to do, places to sit, cafes, and museums. There's events here from time to time, in the Fall there's the Zine fest where local artists all come together to showcase their art and sell it. My favorite part of the park is the museums, and it's nice they have Free Tuesdays for locals. The museums also have student and military discounts. There are lots of places to sit and spend time alone or with loved ones and it's very clean too for such a large area. Parking isn't too hard to find if you're not impatient.

Grenas Inc

Saturday, June 16, 2018
This is a very great place. One must visit this place. Two of the restaurants here have absolutely classic and gorgeous lighting with ambiance. Wish to meet more socially active people, you can do that here. Museums and cultural house are really nice. Best place to have yourself photographer. For photograph, the best time is 5-7 pm.

Melissa Mora

Saturday, July 7, 2018
It was my first time to Park after Dark on Fridays and it was great! Lots of groups relaxing on picnic blankets in the cooler evening weather and enjoying the huge variety of food available. Many people brought their the dogs out with their families, so it was fun for people and dog watching. Museums and restaurants are open so there's something for everyone. Great place to take visitors!

David H Steinbrugge

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
What can you say it's Balboa Park. Amazing place with lots of museums and very extensive grounds to explore on foot or on a bike. Some of the buildings are starting to look a little run down towards the south end of the park. I really enjoyed the Automotive Museum even though I'm not a car guy. I also tore the Natural History Museum which was nicely put together and worth the money.

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