Things to do at Balboa Park

Get the cameras ready! Balboa Park offers a beautiful and historic backdrop featuring Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens, numerous museums, performing arts venues, and recreational facilities. Here are some things to add to the itinerary when visiting one of San Diego’s must-see destinations.

water fountain in Balboa Park


Visit the infamous San Diego Zoo: The world-famous San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park and is home to over 3,500 animals from around the world.
Visit the museums: Balboa Park is home to over a dozen museums, including the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
Take a walk: Balboa Park is a beautiful place to take a stroll. The park has many walking trails and paths, including the popular El Prado walkway.
Watch a performance: Balboa Park has several theaters, including the Old Globe Theater and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, which host a variety of performances and concerts throughout the year.
Bring a picnic: Balboa Park has several picnic areas, so consider bringing a picnic lunch or snacks to enjoy during your visit.
Enjoy the gardens: Balboa Park is home to several beautiful gardens, including the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.
Visit the Spanish Village Art Center: The Spanish Village Art Center is a unique attraction in Balboa Park where you can see local artists at work and purchase their artwork.
Explore the Botanical Building: The Botanical Building is a beautiful greenhouse that houses more than 2,100 plants and is one of the most photographed landmarks in Balboa Park.

A few things to note before heading to Balboa Park:

  • Plan ahead: Balboa Park is a large destination with many attractions, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and decide which attractions you want to visit. You can find a map and more information on the Balboa Park website.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You may also want to bring sunscreen, a hat, and water.
  • Check the hours and admission fees: Some attractions in Balboa Park have limited hours or require an admission fee.
  • Taking public transportation can save you time and money. Balboa Park is easily accessible by public transportation, including the San Diego Trolley and several bus routes. Parking can be limited, especially on weekends and holidays.
  • Visit the Visitor Center: The Balboa Park Visitor Center is a great place to start your visit. You can pick up a map, get information on attractions and events, and purchase tickets.

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