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Balboa Park at California
Balboa Park
549 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101 Balboa Park phone number 619-239-0512
Category: Attractions

Balboa Park

San Diego's cultural heart, Balboa Park is a beautiful urban landscape of art, culture and recreation. The  park is home to 15 museums, 9 performing arts venues and San Diego's most popular attractions including the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Art Institute, Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Old Globe Theater and the Japanese Friendship Garden. Discover cultural treasures, such as the Fleet Science Center, Mingei International Museum and Hall of Champions. Sit among green spaces, cultivated gardens, and lovely Spanish Colonial Architecture. 

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  • Recreation
  • Museums
  • Gardens
  • Performing Arts
  • Theaters
  • Sightseeing


  • What are some things to do in Balboa Park?

    Balboa Park is a combination of nature and culture. There are many things you can do here. Explore the lush grounds, gardens, and forests, check out the historic architecture of the area or visit the many museums that cover a range of topics from dinosaurs and science to the study of humankind. You can also check out musicals, plays, ballet performances, orchestras, heritage dancing, and the famous San Diego Zoo.
  • What museums are in Balboa Park?

    Balboa Park is home to 17 museums that house a diverse collection of exhibits and artifacts. Some of the popular museums in the area include Comic-Con Museum, Fleet Science Center, Marton House, Japanese Friendship Garden, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Us, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Mineral, and Gem Society, San Diego Natural History Museum, Timken Museum of Art, The San Diego Museum of Art, Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, and WorldBeat Center.
  • Are there kid-friendly activities at the park?

    There's plenty to keep the little ones entertained. Some best bets for kids include the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, and undoubtedly the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
  • What free attractions does the park offer?

    You can stroll the lovely gardens and trails for free, as well as explore the Botanical Building or Timken Art Museum. On weekends, check out the botanical garden shows inside the Casa Del Prado building, or attend one of the free Sunday lawn programs outside of the international cottages.

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