We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All photos (7,074)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“japanese garden”(361 reviews)
“rose garden”(324 reviews)
About
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.
Certificate of Excellence
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in One Day in San Diego
Contact
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Website
+1 619-239-0512
Call
Improve This Listing
Balboa Park Tours and Tickets
from US$42.00
More Info
from US$32.00
More Info
from US$55.00
More Info
from US$48.00
More Info
from US$36.80
More Info
from US$63.08
More Info
from US$59.00
More Info
from US$149.00
More Info
from US$99.00
More Info
from US$49.00
More Info
from US$63.08
More Info
from US$90.00
More Info
from US$149.00
More Info
from US$38.40
More Info
from US$103.50
More Info
from US$69.00
More Info
See all tours & tickets
Reviews (12,449)
Filter reviews
10,585 results
Traveller rating
8,051
2,117
329
64
24
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
8,051
2,117
329
64
24
Show reviews that mention
All reviews japanese garden rose garden botanical gardens prado restaurant international houses spanish village the natural history museum organ pavilion air and space museum beautiful architecture fleet science center street performers walk around day pass great place to visit art parador
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 10,585 reviews
Reviewed today via mobile

Balboa Park is a treasure. We bought the many museum pass and visited several. I really enjoyed all the architecture of the museum's themselves, and of course the exhibits in the museums were outstanding. We especially liked the Japanese gardens. So majestic and peaceful. We...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank todc
Reviewed yesterday

Visited 3 of the 17 museums in Balboa Park in one afternoon. You could easily spend a couple of days here with all there is to see. A really extraordinary place with its beautiful architecture and lush gardens. There are plenty of places to eat...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank davidmO361LL
Reviewed 2 days ago

So many beautiful gardens and exhibits. A jewel of the city. I could spend days in the park happily exploring.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Venture647682
Reviewed 2 days ago

I spent a long time walking around this park and taking in all of the awesome architecture and flowers. There's a free conservatory with cool plants, a couple art museums and other museums, courtyards to sit and relax, and public bathrooms.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank avd_travel
Reviewed 3 days ago

Balboa Park was something that I had no idea about until I stepped off a trolley to see what it was all about. It is a great park with unique architectural features to walk around and enjoy. The gardens are amazing as well in the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dedauer
Reviewed 3 days ago

Most economical weekend hangout place for the whole family. One of my favorite places in San Diego. The museums are not that great but just walking around the park is enough a pleasure.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank ycccmr
Reviewed 3 days ago

so many ways to spend time, great views, the walking path, Rose garden and catus garden the choices endless, gift shops the sites awesome I did a lot of walking and picture taking

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Latonia W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Theres alot of museums to see beautiful Japanese gardens but you do have to pay for that. Nice pond with koi fish and turtles and the zoo is next door

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Marino999999
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I enjoy hiking so we followed one of the trails (22/23) on a sunny October day. The trail experience was worth less than five stars but the overall Balboa experience is so good that I didn't want to detract. The trail is...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Tamale8
Reviewed 4 days ago

Did you know Balboa Park turned 100 years old and used to be part of a movie lot? They just celebrated their birthday last year. The park is filled with many Museums, a Botanical Garden, a Japanese Tea House, Carousel, a Beautiful Fountain, and several...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank AlexaS365
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 293 nearby hotels
Inn at the Park
596 reviews
1.20 km away
Hotel Occidental
102 reviews
1.28 km away
Quality Inn San Diego Downtown North
283 reviews
1.29 km away
San Diego Downtown Lodge
91 reviews
1.42 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 5,826 nearby restaurants
CUCINA urbana
913 reviews
.94 km away
Flight Path Grill
16 reviews
.62 km away
Prado
2,097 reviews
.07 km away
Subway
16 reviews
.89 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,503 nearby attractions
Old Globe Theatre
497 reviews
.18 km away
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
312 reviews
.21 km away
Botanical Building and Lily Pond
1,045 reviews
.03 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
ndehhh
25 May 2019|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Michael W | Property representative |
Hello! It is never a bad idea to have a printed version as a back up, however showing the bar code on you phone works well. Once you have the bar code displayed on your phone I suggest taking a screenshot so you have the... More
0
Votes
dinapiro
24 March 2019|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Michael W | Property representative |
Hello! Currently all of the parking lots in Balboa Park are free. The only time parking is not free is during December Nights. There is also a free tram that runs between several of the lots and the Plaza de Panama, near... More
0
Votes
MelissaC5535
11 March 2019|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Michael W | Property representative |
Hello there! Ride share services come to the park frequently. I suggest telling the driver to take you to the Prado restaurant - it is in the heart/center of the park, and their GPS will guide them. Otherwise, the park is... More
7
Votes