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Balboa Park

House of Hospitality
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 239-0512
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Region: Downtown
Balboa Park Marketing/Visitors Center

Balboa Park is a San Diego must-see, just minutes from downtown, and ranked as one of the Best Parks in the World. The Park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions laid out among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park.

Museums and Cultural Institutions

Performing Arts 


Visitor Center

The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM daily, the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice and more.

Visitor Center:

  • Balboa Park Explorer pass provides discounted admission to 14 museums
  • One Day Explorer provides admission up to 5 museums for one day only
  • Balboa Park grounds and most gardens are open 365 days per year
  • There is ample free parking and easy public transportation access
  • Open Daily from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Don't Miss:

  • The award-winning Rose Garden and historic Botanical Building
  • Museums ranging from art, to photography, to science, space and more
  • World class theater, organ concerts, cultural dance performances and more

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