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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.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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I lived here for 21 years. Our kids grew up walking on the Prado, watching the magicians and musicians. We had a membership to the Fleet Science Museum, frequenting the Spanish Vlg and the carousel. My toddler daughter took a drink from the fountain--yuck! Walked...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Lovely and peaceful. So much to see and do. Tons of gorgeous spots to stop and enjoy the outdoor and the view.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Leigh M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great day at Balboa Park. Yummy lunch options. Lots of museum options. Great gardens and walks

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Culture710230
Reviewed 3 days ago

A fantastic place to visit, but it might be a challenge to find parking. The buildings, the gardens are top-notch.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank amnews6
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful green space close to all the museums! Sightseeing or not you just want to spend time there. It’s amazing.

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank TravelerStarChic
Reviewed 4 days ago

The park boasts it's almost twice as big as Central Park - not what I consider a measure of how good a place is. Several attractions/museums are free, some charge quite a bit. If you want to see most of it - look into the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andy R
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is so much to see in the park that I probably could have spent a lot of my holiday there. There are several museums as well as gardens. I visited the Japanese Friendship garden (beautiful and relaxing), Old Cactus garden and Botanical building. This...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Gary D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What great place to enjoy your day. If you are a runner, have a great time, road and trail options low and high views. Plenty of rest areas and other sights to enjoy. A must visit. Pur in half or all day.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Hank956
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful park to visit. Lots of museums to visit. Lots included free if you take the old town trolley tour. Lovely walks with beautiful scenery. A must if you come to San Diego.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Linda M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After our first day in Balboa Park the eight year old exclaimed we should spend the rest of the week here! We did spend four days, the zoo, the NAT, the gardens and fountains, the Spanish Village, Fleet science center and so many areas we...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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ndehhh
25 May 2019|
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Hello! It is never a bad idea to have a printed version as a back up, however showing the bar code on you phone works well. Once you have the bar code displayed on your phone I suggest taking a screenshot so you have the... More
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dinapiro
25 March 2019|
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Hello! Currently all of the parking lots in Balboa Park are free. The only time parking is not free is during December Nights. There is also a free tram that runs between several of the lots and the Plaza de Panama, near... More
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MelissaC5535
12 March 2019|
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Hello there! Ride share services come to the park frequently. I suggest telling the driver to take you to the Prado restaurant - it is in the heart/center of the park, and their GPS will guide them. Otherwise, the park is... More
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