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San Diego - Balboa Park

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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.


drwaqar anwer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
This 1,200-acre park is the city's cultural hub. Balboa Park is a great place for a stroll, bike ride or picnic. Wander around the park's many gardens while admiring the intricate Spanish-Renaissance architecture that permeates the grounds. The Botanical Building is a great starting point in Balboa Park. The building is one of the most photographed places in Balboa Park and is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The famous botanical building features more than 2,100 permanent plants, including striking collections of tropical plants and orchids. The park also features a cactus garden, rose garden, a Japanese-style garden as well as a palm tree canyon, among many others.

James Hendrix

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Balboa park is a world class park. It has the greatest zoo in the world which is also a world class botanical garden with over 1 million species of plants. But that's not all...there are several museums more gardens including a fabulous Japanese garden that I highly recommend you take the free guided tour of so that you can understand it better and not just say oh yes it's beautiful. There is so much more to appreciate. You could easily spend a week exploring this park and still miss out on the treasures it holds it is that special.

Masha Finley

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Simply beautiful! I love the International Village, where on the weekends you can visit tiny little museums of different countries of the world and sometimes try their food! I highly recommend the House of Ukraine (right next to the House of the U.S). It was recently redecorated and it is gorgeous! There are many places (museums, little botanical garden, etc) with free admission. Balboa Park is a gorgeous place even to simply take a walk in.

Bernadette Haney

Saturday, April 7, 2018
I don't visit this park often because it's so large and not easy to find meeting places. My parents did get married here though and it was a beautiful outdoor wedding Balboa park is one of San Diego's most historic parks having many of historical events taking place there such as the world fair in the 19 forties my grandmother worked at the world's fair. The park has a great history that's fun to listen to and the zoo is attached to the park

Nicolee Weaver

Thursday, March 1, 2018
A beautiful, sprawling landmark for our beautiful city. Built for the World Fair in the early 1900's, it boasts gorgeous architecture, amazing horticulture, delicious food and stunning artwork, both old and new. On the weekends, it's a great place for a stroll to see buskers and vendors. Tuesdays all have local-days for each museum, which allow to enter the chosen museum free of charge of you have an ID with a San Diego address. It's also home to the historic Old Globe theater, the World Beat center and seems to host all sorts of cool events. Just check their calendar. Whether you're a local or just visiting, Balboa Park is a must-see.

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