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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +1 619-239-0512
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic...

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.

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Very pretty place to visit

We enjoyed going to the "park" as I called it as a kid growing up in San Diego. Today it is the same, with all kinds of activities going on every weekend. The only drawback is... read more

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Summerfield, Florida, United States
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Porto, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are a bunch of activities you can do at the balboa park. When I visited it they were preparing for the December lights. There were small shops of many countries selling their specialities.

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Summerfield, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed going to the "park" as I called it as a kid growing up in San Diego. Today it is the same, with all kinds of activities going on every weekend. The only drawback is that now there appears to be many homeless people hanging around! If you come to San Diego, go to Balboa Park, see the old... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This park reminds me of Spain. The buildings full of statues, and intricate ornaments, make any walk in this park a great one. The trees, the artists, the ponds, and the buildings are so peaceful and worth the visit.

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Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a lot of museums for all ages in this big green park. The venue for art, theatre and music performing. It needs more than one day to explore all of wonders and attractions in the list of this park. In December, it's place for celebrating holidays season and fair , like conutyfair. One disadvantage is not well organized... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends say you don't buy a home in San Diego, you buy the weather. Balboa Park is the place to enjoy that weather. I have taken my friends, son, and wife to Balboa for different reasons and enjoy every visit. There are cheap walking tour apps that can be downloaded for the Park, sometimes we go to catch the... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice park to walk or just relax. We checked the park out when visiting the zoo. Many things to see also.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WE love Balboa Park. The museums are great, the park is great.We love the Japanese Tea Garden, The Prado, the bar near the Museum of Man (Panama 66 or whatever), summer food truck nights, Pokémon, the zoo, walking the dogs at the park...there is so much. There is something for everyone.

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Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Balboa is a nice park that also is the cultural center of San Diego. In addition to the zoo there are at least 12 different museums about science, culture, and art. There are also some nice gardens and playground.

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Thank Adam M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I just walked in the park one night after a long work day. It was so nice and peaceful. Beautiful place. I loved it. People out running and playing games and dogs and all sorts to look at. I saw some street people setting up camp for the night but I didn't feel any security threat. It was close to... More 

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National City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of my favorite parks to go to! Visit the museums as some are free on certain days. Make sure to pack lunch and sit at one of their park tables for a great time

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