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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” (266 reviews)
“rose garden” (268 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Balboa Park is a jewel in the midst of a great city. Fill your senses with classical music or hip-hop by street performers. From botanical gardens to panarametic views of the city this park fills your day with unique shopping, dining and attractions. This is...More

Thank Jeff N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Balboa Park is gigantic and has a huge variety of museum and gardens. Every building is beautiful just to walk around and look at. Parts of the park are hilly and you will do a lot of walking but it's worth it.

Thank NMgal4life
Reviewed 3 days ago

Plan on checking out the Organ and it's new conductor on Sundays at 2 PM. Our visit was mostly at the Zoo and a quick trolley tour through the park. We walked through the Village, there were many street performers and lots of child-approved entertainment.

Thank Shelah F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fortunate enough to be in town for business during the Balboa December Nights celebration. Absolutely amazing. Great for couples, families, singles, etc. The food selections at the International Village were awesome. Well over 25 different native foods to try from many different countries. It does...More

Thank Ckline95
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Hiked around near the 163. It was pretty. Good to get some outside time while close to the city. Too many homeless guys and gals asking for money. Public bathrooms were in shambles dirty and nasty! It was terrifying! Do not go here with your...More

Thank docholiday174
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I bought the multi-day pass so I could go to any museums I wanted plus the zoo. I highly recommend doing this. There is so much to see in Balboa Park. I didn’t even get to do half of it but it was well worth...More

Thank Erin M
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can come here any time and enjoy - stay for a few minutes and have a coffee or lunch, or stay all day and see more of it. The place is so big you won't see it all in one day, but what you...More

Thank Sheldon P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed strolling through the grounds which were beautiful and well maintained. Loved the open plazas and the unhurried nature of the park. The museums were fee based but we didn't visit any because we wanted to enjoy the outdoors. (It was minus 26 degrees...More

Thank tamara B
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an amazing place. Just the grounds are wonderful to walk through and admire the architecture and landscape. Just plain fun! In addition there are many museums to visit - though at $$.

Thank Kirk H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I spent the better part of a day at Balboa Park. It is a beautiful area with many activities to choose from. It can get pricey with admission fees to the varying museums, etc, so check prices before you go! Also check...More

Thank MKEPanther4
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12 January 2018|
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Response from raafatalaraji00 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I saw dogs around
Gail S
1 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!