Things to do in Balboa Park

Prepare your cameras! Balboa Park provides a stunning and historically rich setting adorned with Spanish colonial architecture, lush gardens, a plethora of museums, performing arts venues, and recreational facilities. Here are some things to do in Balboa Park to enhance your itinerary when exploring one of San Diego’s must-see destinations.

Balboa Park at Sunset

Visit the infamous San Diego Zoo: Located within the park, the world-famous San Diego Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals from across the globe.
Visit the museums: Balboa Park boasts a collection of 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: Enjoy the scenic beauty by walking along its numerous trails and paths, including the popular El Prado walkway.
Watch a performance: The park houses several theaters, including the Old Globe Theater and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, offering a diverse array of performances and concerts throughout the year.
Have a picnic: With multiple picnic areas, providing an opportunity to bring along a lunch or snacks for a delightful outdoor dining experience.
Enjoy the gardens: Explore the various beautiful gardens, such as the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.
Visit the Spanish Village Art Center: Experience the unique charm of the Spanish Village Art Center, where local artists showcase their work, and you can purchase their creations.
Explore the Botanical Building: Marvel at the Botanical Building, a picturesque greenhouse housing over 2,100 plants and serving as one of Balboa Park’s most photographed landmarks.

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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