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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Balboa Park Reviews
Top rated attraction on the California coast. A remarkable site with a broad range of attractions. A significant part of the California history. more »
Need at least 2 or 3 days to enjoy most of what it has to offer. Mostly free or cheap entry. I visited the nationally famous zoo, the Museum of Natural History, The Botanical House with the Rose... more »
What a wonderful place. Definitely would return to check out more places. Please donate to make this place great. There are a lot to explorer. Great place for family vacation or couples weekend adventure. 100% recommend.
It was wonderful! Spent a great afternoon with the granddaughters and our son and daughter in law there. The beach was nice and clean. Lots of pretty shells to look at! My oldest granddaughter and I built a sand castle and adorned it with the pretty shells! Our youngest granddaughter helped build the sand castle! We had a blast and gave our daughter in law some time to relax while the rest of us watched our little ones play. Great day!!!
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