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Balboa Park

Explore Art, History & Nature at the Lush Green Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

Visit this cultural oasis just minutes from downtown San Diego housing 17 museums, 1,200 acres of lush green gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Ethnically diverse, historically rich, culturally abundant, and naturally breathtaking, Balboa Park is the ultimate destination of fun and excitement for the entire family.

Take one of the guided tours to experience the park's rich history and appreciate its stunning architecture and thought-provoking installations. The place is also a hub for performing art exhibits and cultural festivals. Don't forget to collect your souvenirs from the shops inside the campus.
Balboa Park

Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101
Distance from Hotel: 11.85 miles

Hours & Prices

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Events & Activities


  • Park Tours
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Historical Exhibits
  • Performing Art Shows
  • Zoo Attractions


  • Museums
  • Recreation
  • Shopping
  • Gardens
  • Arts & Attractions
  • Dining
  • Tours

How much is the ticket for the rides and attractions at Balboa Park?

Entry to Balboa Park is completely free. All of the gardens, playgrounds and walking trails are open to visitors every day and select attractions are also free. The museums and attractions inside the park offer free admission to San Diego residents on each Tuesday of the month.

What venues are included in the Balboa Park Explorer Pass?

Your Balboa Park Explorer pass is valid at the following venues:

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Mingei International Museum (Limits apply depending on Pass type)
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • theNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
  • WorldBeat Center.