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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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“japanese garden” (282 reviews)
“rose garden” (275 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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+1 619-239-0512
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"japanese garden"
in 282 reviews
"rose garden"
in 275 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 323 reviews
"prado restaurant"
in 190 reviews
"international houses"
in 98 reviews
"spanish village"
in 216 reviews
"the natural history museum"
in 189 reviews
"organ pavilion"
in 119 reviews
"air and space museum"
in 192 reviews
"beautiful architecture"
in 161 reviews
"fleet science center"
in 101 reviews
"street performers"
in 117 reviews
"walk around"
in 186 reviews
"day pass"
in 94 reviews
"art"
in 606 reviews
"parador"
in 380 reviews
"zoo"
in 1,741 reviews
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Reviewed today via mobile

What a fabulous place! Absolutely loved the artists place. ...wandered around the studios. ..bought some stuff! It was a treasure trove of colour and inspiration! Natural history museum was wonderful too....as was the gardens. Only had one day here but it's clearly not enough!

Thank Katmartyn
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A huge, spotless Park with lots of museums and gardens. The air and space and automotive museums are excellent (charges apply). The Japanese Gardens are not worth the extra charge, you can see just as much from outside, looking down into it. The Botanical Gardens...More

Thank Stephen W
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Reviewed yesterday

This park is nice and clean. It has lot of fun places which people can enjoy along with playgrounds. It has carousel and toy-train which children can enjoy just outside of zoo. You don’t need to buy zoo tickets to enjoy these attractions. It also...More

Thank abhig3
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There's not much there to begin with and then they charge you for each museum. Doesn't seem worth it when you've already seen everything for free in D.C.

Thank rachealmartinez
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are visiting all the MLB parks in California. This was an awesome stadium. We stayed across the street at the Hilton and enjoyed the hassle free walk to and from the stadium. Great stadium, not sure if it was just opening day start up,...More

Thank Kim P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were in town for a wedding and not sure what to do and ended up here and loved it. The Japanese Garden was beautiful and the Art Museum was smallish and user friendly. Could've kept us busy even longer but we had to head...More

Thank ChipTravel
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Reviewed 3 days ago

great urban park that has a great deal of variety. be sure to catch the rose gardens ad the zoo. it takes about 45m to drive around the entire park.

Thank James W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a whole day at this park, and didn't begin to see everything offered. Beautiful gardens - Botanical, rose, cactus, Japanese Tea Garden - all spectacular. Watched a film on how Balboa Park originated, which was fascinating. There are many Museums, a Mission (or...More

Thank 61MSM
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the first week of April and I've never seen such beautiful and HUGE rose blossoms! Gorgeous eye candy! Made for great pictures! This park is huge and so much to see! We only covered a fraction! There are museums, shops, botanicals and gardens,...More

Thank moc4
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The park has something for everybody. There are outdoor art classes, several museums, including a personal favorite model train museum, and restaurants. Not to mention acres and acres of beautiful landscape and park scenery. A must -see for first time visitors as well as anyone...More

Thank John L
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KrithikRaj
9 April 2018|
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Response from raafatalaraji00 | Reviewed this property |
The park 24 hours but the museums are open regular times from 8am-5pm
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Natalie A
12 March 2018|
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Response from bajajulio | Reviewed this property |
Yes...its out there a ways.....but well worth the 45 min. inconvinience. Free roaming Rhinos....lots of them....are worth it.
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jeterguy
5 March 2018|
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Absolutely. You can explore as little or as much as you want In my opinion, better without a Segway. You can stop and enjoy the sites.
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