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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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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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Comic-Con International: San Diego

Jul 21 - Jul 24, 2022

Comic-Con International is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.

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Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure -Sail & Play

Sep 3, 2022

This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. Performances are 90 minutes.

Choose from two show times, ship boarding times are 10:30am or 12:45pm (please check-in 15-30 minutes before)
Sails are not set for BOARDED

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Tanabata Festival

Jul 7, 2022

Originating from Chinese folklore, Tanabata is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi! Bring the family and join in on kid's games, crafts, dancing and more! JFG partners with the Minatomo Japanese Community to celebrate, guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the summer sun and partake in the Tanabata celebration!

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17th Annual ArtWalk @ Liberty Station

Aug 6 - Aug 7, 2022

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station returns for its 17th year to ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Attendees can peruse through the garden browsing artwork from more than 150 artists and enjoying food, wine and beer, and live entertainment at the two-day, free event in San Diego’s largest Arts & Cultural District. ArtWalk @ Liberty Station will take place in the heart of Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza among 100,000 square feet of park-like space, with its towering American Flag surrounded by a rose garden and large spaces of grass and trees.

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Comic-Con International: San Diego

Jul 21 - Jul 24, 2022
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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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Save 10% off any San Diego Walks Tour

San Diego Walks
Valid: Feb 22 - ongoing

We offer tours of Balboa Park, Old Town, Liberty Station and Coronado. Use code BEST10 at time of booking to save 10%    

Galleries & Museums

Kids Go Free to the Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2022

Mingei International Museum admission is always free for anyone 17 years old and under.  The coupon cannot be used for specialty-ticketed events, special exhibitions/exhibits, field trips or...

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Kids Go Free to the San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Archaeological Center
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2022

The San Diego Archaeological Center is a curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 years. In addition to its role...

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