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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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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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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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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2021

San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at participating libraries or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the cost of admission at more than 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums. The San Diego Museum Month pass is free; one pass can be used at several museums* throughout the month of February.

Whether you are an art aficionado, history buff, science or nature lover, the San Diego Museum Council has a variety of member organizations that are bound to capture your interest.

Take advantage of this annual program to visit both old favorites and new attractions you have never even heard of!

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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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Harbor Dinner Cruise

Dec 14, 2020 - ongoing

Join us on the original San Diego dinner cruise and enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, and admire the San Diego waterfront views.


Highlights:

25 miles of beautiful downtown San Diego scenery
Background Music
Free WiFi

 

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Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan: Identities

Jan 22, 2021

Spanish artist Ana de Alvear’s work shifts perceptions and perspectives in a way that’s both subtle and transformative. A “search for identity” pervades her multifaceted projects, explored through this engaging online performance by Art of Elan musicians featuring the haunting “Spectra” for violin, viola, and cello by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

The Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan: Identities video premiere will be shared on Friday, January 22 7:00 p.m. PT on The San Diego Museum of Art YouTube channel.

Learn more: https://www.sdmart.org/event/art-of-elan-pop-up-concert-identities/

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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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FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE

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Balboa Park Bucket List

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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2021
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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

Apr 16 - Apr 18, 2021
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Harbor Dinner Cruise

Dec 14, 2020 - ongoing
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Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan: Identities

Jan 22, 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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