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Balboa Park

The cultural heart of San Diego

Just minutes from downtown, you'll find an amazing cultural center and beautiful botanic paradise right in the middle of San Diego.

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Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Balboa Park is a cultural oasis that includes 17 museums, gardens galore and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. At 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is one of North America’s most iconic urban parks 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 its stunning architecture, thought-provoking exhibits installations, and cultural events throughout the year.

 

Balboa Park has a storied history – one that is central to the story of San Diego. It started 150 years ago, when civic leaders took the audacious step of setting aside the scrub-filled mesa overlooking downtown to establish a city park. Today, Balboa Park continues to be a potent mix of what makes San Diego so unique. Ethnically diverse, historically rich, culturally abundant, naturally breathtaking, Balboa Park is where you can experience San Diego’s past and see its future.

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

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National Geographic Channel Explores San Diego

Four-part series focuses on unique cultural offerings of Balboa Park and the city.

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7 Hidden Gems to Explore in Balboa Park

You can spend all day (or weekend) exploring Balboa Park’s 1,200 acres of museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. But the Jewel of San Diego also features several lesser-known attractions that are sure to pique your interest, too.

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FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE

Ready to discover something awesome? Well, you’re in the right place.

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Balboa Park Bucket List

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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 16 - Apr 18, 2021

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, celebrates its 16th year of automotive excellence in the jewel of the West Coast Friday, April 16, Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, 2021. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobiles showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. The La Jolla Concours is an incredible weekend of prestigious events that takes great pride in appreciating the outstanding specimens that make up the automotive industry as we know it. With such a rich history and ever-growing population of vehicles in the world, the La Jolla Concours has made it a standing tradition to select a marque each year to honor throughout the weekend of events.

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Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

May 6 - May 9, 2021

Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou. Features 4 days of live music - more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

The Most Fun You'll Find This Side of the Bayou!

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PRIVATE CUSTOMIZABLE ICONIC CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Nov 4, 2020 - ongoing

Journey with award winning tour guide Julie around San Diego’s cultural and historic sites—on a private tour of fun and informative must-see sightseeing hotspots.

OLD TOWN:   Take a trip into the past and learn about our rich Spanish and Mexican heritage and why we are the “Birthplace of California.” Experience our original city—colorful and festive now, but find out why it wasn’t always that way.

DOWNTOWN:  Explore these San Diego Downtown essentials: scenic San Diego Bay’s Embarcadero waterfront, the famous and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, hip and historic Little Italy, and Petco Park.

BALBOA PARK:  The cultural heartbeat of our city; you will fall in love with the country’s largest urban cultural park and be dazzled discovering its origins as you take in its incredible vegetation, gorgeous flowers and ornate architecture.

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Victoria Robertson - LIVE MUSIC

Mar 8 - Apr 16, 2021

Each Friday, enjoy a charming evening with Victoria Robertson, full of guitar, favorite songs throughout the ages, and some opera mixed in for fun! The evenings will also include featured guests and a few surprises.

$25 minimum consumption (tax and gratuity additional)

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$10 for first three hours, $4 per half-hour after

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National Geographic Channel Explores San Diego

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7 Hidden Gems to Explore in Balboa Park

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Balboa Park Bucket List

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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 16 - Apr 18, 2021
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Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

May 6 - May 9, 2021
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PRIVATE CUSTOMIZABLE ICONIC CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Nov 4, 2020 - ongoing
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Victoria Robertson - LIVE MUSIC

Mar 8 - Apr 16, 2021
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Balboa Park Explorer Pass

Save on Admission to Museums

Experience the museums of Balboa Park in an easy and affordable way with the Balboa Park Explorer Pass. For one price, the Pass provides admission into as many as 16 of Balboa Park’s museums and attractions.

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