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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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“beautiful park” (641 reviews)
“japanese garden” (247 reviews)
“rose garden” (250 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Its actually a pretty big park. There are LOTS of interesting museums (and the displays change pretty often), the biggest outdoor organ in the world (check on-line for playing times), close to the San Diego Zoo, an area where they sell arts/crafts, and quite a...More

Thank Joel B
Reviewed 26 July 2016

First of all if you go to Balboa park armed with an activity pass or city pass your golden. If you don't be ready to be nickeled and dimmed. The price of admission is costly (most museums and the Zoo). Buy your pass ahead of...More

Thank PKN_12
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This is a must see when in San Diego. A huge park with more museums and attractions that you can see in several days. Definitely get the 7 day pass to all 17 museums. The zoo is located here and costs extra to visit (well...More

Thank Deborah R
Reviewed 26 July 2016

something for everyone. theatre, art museums, great scenery, can just walk around and enjoy, free parking.

Thank susan T
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had a lovely walk along the grounds and then up across the bridge during featured festival. I'd like to return when it's less crowded as well.

Thank Barbara T
Reviewed 26 July 2016

A huge beautifully landscaped grounds of culture. There are theaters, ballet, many museums of all types, gardens of all types, restaurant, gym, carousel and tours. You could spend a day there and not see every thing. We especially liked The Museum of Man.

Thank NenaOregon
Reviewed 26 July 2016

nice place to visit if you are in San Diego. many museums, beautiful gardens, free parking, good food

Thank vaz65
Reviewed 26 July 2016

It was a very long walk from County Center/Little Italy Blue Line Trolley Station all the way to the Balboa Park area. It was a very-very most challenging experience to save lots of money.

Thank DennisAlabaso
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This was a very nice walk. Lots of different things to look at. The roses were just gorgeous and in full bloom. I'm not sure what kind of trees they were, but the roots... HOLY COW... being from Florida I have never seen such big...More

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Balboa park is a beautiful park set near downtown San Diego. The park has fifteen major museums, walking paths, multiple gardens, trails and a beautiful open air amphitheater. Tuesday's selects museums are free to residents. Be sure to check the website for free concert information...More

Thank pburch2016
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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!
9 August 2017|
Response from keryaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
yes, they rent motorized carts for disabled people.