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Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic paradise is packed with an array of attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spend the day in a variety of museums, many of which are free, enjoy delicious food at the Prada Cafe and ramble amongst fountains, musicians and entertainers. A must for Those visiting San Diego.

Thank Jan W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Street performers were entertaining. Can go for free if you just want to be outside in a beautiful setting. Or somedays the exhibits are free. Free parking and free tram. Something to appeal to everyone. Daily passes avaiable.

Thank OnVacationGirl
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The park is beautiful with Spanish Architecture and easily walkable to any of the many museums. There are colorful flower beds throughout, green lawns and a pond with benches nearby. For me one of the best things is the Old Globe Theater where I have...More

Thank Mary Anne W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Balboa Park has art museums, open spaces, gardens, The Japanese Garden, Aerospace Museum, International Houses, concerts and plays, and restaurants. The San Diego Zoo is nearby. Plenty of experiences. In December it has December Nights. All of the International Houses open up and they serve...More

Thank annecU5481FH
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Balboa Park is my favorite spot in all of San Diego. I have visited the park as a child, teen, with my child as a young adult and now I enjoy it in my 60s. There truly has been enjoyment at every phase of my...More

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Couples, children, families, business partners, Balboa Park is the gem of San Diego. Be sure to visit the Museum of Art, the Timken and the Mingei! Have lunch or happy hour at Panama 66 next to the Museum of Art. The Prado restaurant is also...More

Thank Pamela M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I live less than a mile from here. Am here every day I am home. It’s a very good park. Every major city has one. Is it Central Park in NYC? No. It does not have the flow or the world class museums. But it...More

Thank greg m
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

San Diego should be proud of this amazing asset. Wonderful museums, great architecture and landscape, good food. We spent 3 days there hitting almost every attraction and taking a bunch of photos. Don't miss the organ concert on Sunday and with small kids, the puppet...More

Thank czechago
Reviewed yesterday

When in San Diego this is a must see. So much to do. The art gallery has so many wonderful pictures from the greats that brought tears of joy to my eyes. There is a great area with local artists selling their creations. Everything from...More

Thank Rosiethewanderer
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is so much here. I won’t even get into the museums. The palm canyon was wonderful as was the desert garden. I wish we’d had more time on the artists’ village. Go early as parking fills up and leave a lot of time.

Thank Nebby3
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12 January 2018|
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Response from raafatalaraji00 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I saw dogs around
Gail S
2 November 2017|
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Response from theotherLebowski | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Can’t help you. The park has a great website and app on which we relied.
22 September 2017|
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Response from Mary T | Reviewed this property |
No charge for the park itself or for some of the exhibits. There is a charge for some of the museums and the zoo. No charge for parking!