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Balboa Park at California
Balboa Park
549 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101 619-239-0512
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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.


Prices -

Admission to the park is free as is access to the Botanical Building and most of the gardens

Hours -

The  park itself is open 24 hours; the visitor's center is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily


  • Twilight in the Park Concerts
  • Harmony and Motion Festival
  • Maker Faire San Diego


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


  • 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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