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Balboa Park

The Cultural Heart of San Diego

Just minutes from downtown, explore the history, legacy, and future of this ever changing, always amazing cultural park.

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Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Balboa Park is a magnificent culture oasis that includes 16 museums, tranquil gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. At 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in North America and a must see on any visit to San Diego. Located just blocks from downtown San Diego hotels, the park has a rich history reflected through stunning architecture, art installations, and cultural events throughout the year.

Experience the steeped history of Balboa Park and learn how city leaders developed this barren land into the masterpiece it is today.

Exploring Balboa Park

Whether you're an art fan, nature lover, model train aficionado or science geek, Balboa Park has something for everyone. 

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Explorer Pass

Experience the museums of Balboa Park in an easy and affordable way with the Explorer Pass.

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Plan Your Visit

There is a lot to see in Balboa Park, so you need a plan. Here are some resources that will help you get the very most out of your visit.

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Family Fun

Balboa Park offers families and epic adventure - a place where learning feels more like recess. 

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Macy's Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2018

Arts, entertainment and culture collide for Macy's Museum Month in San Diego. This February the San Diego Museum Council and Macy's have teamed up again for Museum Month, giving patrons a chance to discover what's new at more than 40 area museums with savings only seen once a year.

Participants can pick up a Museum Month Pass at any area Macy's store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February.

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Best Coast Beer Fest Presented by Sycuan

Mar 10, 2018

Enjoy more than 200 beers from nearly 100 local breweries, grab a sensible lunch in our food truck alley and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands - all while taking in the gorgeous views of Coronado and downtown San Diego. To recap...You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. The whole shebang. There is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this. We've done the research. It's science.

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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2018

It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel", because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

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Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks

Apr 15, 2018

This is the 39th year the San Diego Sportfishing Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego sportfishing. We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us and discover a bit more of what the Port of San Diego holds for you.

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Spreckels Organ Pavillion

You will definitely want to schedule your visit to coincide with one of the many free outdoor concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, which is home to the largest pipe organ in the world.

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The California Tower

One of Balboa Park’s most eye-catching and iconic structures is the California Tower. Constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, this soaring structure is a hybrid of different architectural styles inspired by the churches of Mexico and Spain

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San Diego Zoo

The world-famous San Diego Zoo is situated on 100 acres on the northeast portion of Balboa Park and is home to more than 3,700 animals from some 650 species and subspecies and its botanical collection includes more than 700,000 exotic plants.

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The Old Globe

Considered one of the finest regional theaters in the country, The Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition and was modeled after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London.

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Explorer Pass

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Macy's Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2018
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Best Coast Beer Fest Presented by Sycuan

Mar 10, 2018
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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2018
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Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks

Apr 15, 2018
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Spreckels Organ Pavillion

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The California Tower

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San Diego Zoo

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Baby It's Warm Outside

Humphreys Half Moon Inn
Valid: Feb 5 - Feb 28, 2018

Get outside to enjoy this early spring weather and bask in sunshine and love! Celebrate with this special romance package that includes: Welcome bottle of champagne Monogrammed Glasses...

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Save Up to $3 on Admission to USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum
Valid: Jan 1 - ongoing

Save $3 off on Adult Admission and $2 off Youth Admission at the USS Midway Museum.

Tours & Sightseeing

Family Friendly- Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Amazing Scavenger Hunts by Urban Adventure Quest
Valid: Jan 8, 2018 - ongoing

Enjoy an Amazing Race type adventure with your family and Save 20% when you use Promo Code SDFUN. Only $39.20 for a Team of 2-5 people. Have fun and do something unique!

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