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Balboa Park San Diego

Museums, Gardens, And Cultural Events

From our hotel, you're just a ten-minute drive the scenic and culturally diverse Tahquitz Canyon trail, located in the Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians Reservation. The challenging trail takes you into the canyon where you'll end up at a gorgeous 60-foot waterfall. While the trail is only one mile, its full of rocky terrain and steps, making for an exciting and invigorating hike - with the reward of beautiful vistas.

You'll have your choice of self-guided hikes between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and ranger-led interpretive hikes, which take place every two hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and are included free with admission.
Balboa Park
1549 El Prado, San Diego, California , 92101
Distance from Hotel: 12.5 miles

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Events & Activities


  • EarthFair in Balboa Park
  • December Nights
  • Spring Egg Hunt


  • Garden Tours
  • Cultural Events
  • Museums

Is Balboa Park In San Diego Free?

Yes, visitors can explore Balboa Park for free. The lush gardens, playgrounds, and beautiful walking trails are always open to visitors, and select attractions are also free. Some museums and attractions offer free admission to San Diego residents on Tuesdays.

Does Balboa Park Offer Free Tours?

Visitors to Balboa Park can enjoy botanical tours of the gardens, architectural tours highlighting the century-old buildings, and Park ranger-led tours. You can easily find out which free tours are being offered on the day of your visit by making a quick stop at the Balboa Park Visitor's Center.