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Get Lost in Balboa Park: Cool Museums & Lush Gardens

See where the day takes you at America's largest urban cultural park. A hub for festivals and celebrations, Balboa Park is the perfect place to wander. It's packed with unique museums, beautiful gardens, and performance venues.
Relax in a plaza at El Prado, the park's "downtown" area. Eat fish tacos from a food truck in front of ornate Spanish-Renaissance architecture. Stumble upon free concerts and shop for handicrafts at the Spanish Village. Balboa Park is also home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo.


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  • EarthFair
  • San Diego Pride Festival
  • Balboa Park After Dark


  • Museums
  • Gardens
  • Performing Arts
  • Tours
  • Architecture
  • Dining & Shopping


  • How old is Balboa Park?

    Balboa Park is about 150 years old. In 1868, land was set aside for a city park. Beautification efforts began a couple of decades later. The park was planted with poinsettia plants, birds of paradise, and palm trees. In 1910, the space was officially given the name Balboa Park. Numerous museums, gardens, and attractions have been added throughout the 20th century.
  • How many museums are there in Balboa Park?

    Balboa Park is home to 17 museums that showcase art, culture, nature, history, science, and technology. The most popular museums include the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, Museum of Man, Museum of Photographic Arts, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Looking for free tickets? On the first through fourth Tuesdays of the month, certain museums in Balboa Park are free.

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