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Balboa Park, San Diego

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An urban park, Balboa Park is home to 490 hectares (1,200 acres) of landscaped gardens, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, recreational spaces, art studios, museums, and theaters. Stroll through the Desert Garden or Japanese Friendship Garden to admire the park's diverse plant and animal life, or tour the San Diego Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum. Take advantage of the park's free tram service to get around. Arrange your visit to Balboa Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Diego using our San Diego trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Green lawns, trees, interesting architecture, museums and tons of walking/bicycle paths. Plus being right under the landing path for the San Diego Airport made for a whole new experience.  more »
  • Balboa Park has a lot to offer. The roses are amazing and cohabitate with many different types of cacti. We go to San Diego every year and always make a day out of Balboa Park. There's also museums an...  more »
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  • I love it here, we always come here when we come to SD. It's a great place just to bring lunch and walk around. Decent restaurants. The museums are among the best in the country. Don't miss the Aerospace museum, Reuben H Fleet theater, the Natural History and Art museums. But the others are nice as well. The arboretum is beautiful. The rose and cactus gardens are beautiful as well.
  • A must visit in San Diego!! What a beautiful place that you can spend hours at. The park is absolutely breathtaking! I spent a few hours here but I could easily spend the whole day. Most of the gardens and trails are free to visit. I loved roaming around and exploring. There are tons of places to park and the drive into the park is so pretty. My favorite places I wandered around in were the cactus garden and the greenhouse. Those are not to be missed! I love all the ornate buildings. I enjoyed seeing all the huge trees here. You can truly feel how fresh the air quality is here! There are also several options for dining here as well. I cannot wait to come back again and visit this park!
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