Balboa Park

Balboa Park



Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park.

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San Diego is not short of beautiful parks, but Balboa is the undisputed king of them all. You’re going to want to factor in at least half a day for this, as the 1,200-acre park is home to 18 fantastic museums, some international houses and the unmissable Old Globe Theatre. You could get lost for hours strolling through its gardens and admiring its architecture, but if you want to do it properly, book a walking tour of the park.
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San Diego’s 1200-acre backyard filled with art, science, botanical gardens, and museums but this time of year, it’s where to go to get your fall fix. Get dazzled by the fiery red of the sweetgum trees on the corner of 6th and Quince St. at the park’s edge. (That alone is worth the trip)! Then stroll the park with the littles in tow and see vibrant shades of gold, yellow and green.Finally, make a day of it at The San Diego Air & Space Museum or the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.
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As if Balboa Park wasn't epic enough for being California's Best Attraction and home to some of the best museums, theaters and restaurants in the city––it also has an abundance of gorgeous hiking trails! If the kiddos still have energy after a day exploring Balboa Park, then take them to stroll down the easy 1.5 mile Trail #1. Start at 6th Ave. and Upas St. and follow the #1 green circle markers. There are 65 miles of trails in Balboa Park, so you'll have plenty of options to explore.
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The cultural heart of San Diego, Balboa Park, is 1200 acres and includes 17 museums, gardens galore and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is one of North America’s most iconic urban parks and a must-see on any visit to San Diego. Located just blocks from downtown San Diego hotels, the park has something for kids of all ages.
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You could spend a week in Balboa Park and still not see it all. Its sprawling 1,200 acres include art galleries, cultural centers, the Natural History Museum and San Diego Zoo. But those seeking a chance to immerse themselves in nature will have ample opportunity. Take your pick of the many gardens – Palm Canyon hosts 50 different species, while the Desert Garden is packed with drought-resistant plants – or follow one of the challenging, tree-lined hiking trails.
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