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Balboa Park In San Diego, California

Balboa Park

Distance from hotel: 11.80 miles
Category: Activities, Attractions, Family / Kids

Balboa Park San Diego - Museums, Gardens, and Cultural Events

Discover the cultural heart of San Diego and a botanical paradise just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Covering 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is one of North America's most iconic urban parks and home to 17 museums, beautiful gardens, and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. With a storied past that dates back 150 years, the park is an integral part of the San Diego cityscape. A mix of history, culture, and breathtaking natural beauty makes this San Diego attraction a must-see for anyone planning a getaway to California's Pacific Coast.


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  • 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.

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