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Balboa Park

Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101

The Basics

A visit to the park is included on most San Diego city sightseeing tours, and Segway tours are another popular way to explore Balboa. The central part of the park houses the renowned San Diego Zoo and its more than 3,000 animals. At the Museum of Man, part of the California Quadrangle and its distinctive arch, you can see Native American artifacts and other cultural archaeology exhibits. The San Diego Museum of Art displays a number of European works, and nearby sites include the Timken Museum of Art, the Botanical Building, the Natural History Museum, Alcazar Gardens, the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, and the Spanish Village Art Center. The east end of the park holds the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Loved my trip
Kim_B, Jun 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Halfway mark in Balboa park. Break needs to be longer for quick shopping. 😊 15 minutes not enough time to shop and or get a drink.
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Tour Couldn’t Have Been Better
Robert_M, Apr 2021
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
Bridgette was a fantastic tour guide. She was very knowledgeable as it relates to Balboa Park. Was super easy to work with and went the extra mile
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Family fun
Lisa_R, Jun 2021
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
Loved Brigitte. Great personality and especially good with teenagers who might try to test the boundaries. My kids also loved her and thought the tour was “cool”.
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Fun tour of San Diego
Yannick_A, May 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
This is a fantastic tour through balboa park and downtown San Diego! I love Segway and I generally enjoy visiting various places in Segway. Additionally the tour guide was very patient and informative. The Segway is extremely easy to ride. Thanks.
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Fun and easy to ride
MarisolDelvalle, Jun 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
It was very easy to ride and lots of fun. My kids and I really enjoyed it. The tour guide was awesome. I recommend this tour.
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Great Attraction
Tondalaya_B, May 2021
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
Fantastic!!!!! My husband and I absolutely love it .The tour of parts of San Diego were very informative. From the check in to checkout the staff was very friendly and informative I would highly recommend GO CARS TOURS!!!!!
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New experience
ElizabethSarah_B, May 2021
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
The experience was nice! It was a bit windy on the day we went so it was a little hard, but wasn’t too much of a problem. We did go of course and into another route, but still saw some nice sights. Cassandra was really nice & helpful.
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Awesome Adventure
San_Diego_919, Apr 2021
San Diego Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure
A lot of fun and a great way to get exercise and spend time with the family!! You will not regret the activity.
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Fun Time in Balboa Park!
hcanary, Sep 2019
San Diego Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure
We had so much fun doing this scavenger hunt! The locations are interesting, the challenges are creative and fun, and the little notes are very helpful regarding restrooms and refreshment options. Thank you for helping us have a great morning at Balboa Park!
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A Must Do!!!
Michelle_C, Mar 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
This tour is excellent!!! I would definitely do it again. You get an amazing tour through Balboa Park and the city. Our tour guide was outstanding 👏!!!
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It was fun
JEAN_B, Apr 2021
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
Enjoying the scenery and listening to the history of some was really nice. This was a great idea. Thanks
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Balboa park tour
Lorraine_C, Apr 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Our tour guide was awesome, he had excellent customer service.and he is a people person, very nice and helpful and personable, professional.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Explore the area on foot or use the free Balboa Park Tram, which loops continuously around the main areas of the park daily from 9am to 6 or 8pm.

  • Balboa Park is kid-friendly, with a miniature train, playgrounds, and play areas in most museums.

  • With so many options, it’s best to prioritize your desired stops in the park. You can pick up a park map at the Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality.

  • Free concerts on the Spreckels Organ are held every Sunday at 2pm, and on Monday evenings at 7:30pm from late June through August.

  • Eating options abound throughout the park. Be sure to check out the Prado for diverse cuisine and museum-inspired decor.

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How to Get There

Set in downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is easily reached by bus. By car, Park Boulevard provides easy access to the site’s free parking areas near most of the exhibits. The most scenic approach, however, is over the Cabrillo Bridge from the west—the steep roadsides, lush with hanging greenery, resemble a rain forest gorge.

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When to Get There

Balmy San Diego is famous for its year-round sunshine and mild climate. Balboa Park is open year-round and 24 hours a day, with the Visitors Center open from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The zoo, museums, and other attractions have varying opening hours.

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Things to Do Near Balboa Park

Although countless activities are available in Balboa Park, the location is an ideal base for seeing some of San Diego’s other top sights. The beaches of La Jolla, the charm of Old Town, and the bustle of the historic Gaslamp Quarter are just a short drive away.

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