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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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The Sights and Sounds of Balboa Park

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

10 Things You Can't Miss

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Beats & Treats

Apr 17, 2021

Come enjoy some BEATS & TREATS on the largest Rooftop in San Diego, The Rooftop by STK atop the gorgeous Andaz San Diego Hotel!
Outdoor dining with incredible views of the City while listening to some great beats and letting your taste buds run wild with our delicious treats!
DJ Gigi spinning for your enjoyment!

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LEARN YOUR CAMERA - PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing

Raise your photography to the next level with a private photography training session or a photography tour led by Julie Kremen, an award winning professional photographer and certified tour guide. Read the reviews and see why she is top-rated on TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

The instruction is completely customized to your abilities, interests, and goals; so you get the maximum amount of one-on-one instruction tailored to suit your needs. Personal instruction and the ability to shadow a skilled professional photographer allows you to receive immediate feedback as you shoot and get on-the-spot guidance as to how to improve.

Julie works closely with you before the session to nail down exactly what you want to concentrate on so you can get the most out of your experience. Contact us to book a private session and your boost your shooting skills!

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Walk The Block: Barrio Logan

Jan 9, 2021 - ongoing

"Walk The Block" is a community initiative that was created in July 2020 to help struggling small businesses in Barrio Logan. Shop owners and local vendors set up their outdoor booths all along Logan Avenue.

Food, Drinks, Clothing, & Gifts all available with a chican@ twist.

Every Saturday in Barrio Logan
12pm - 6pm on Logan Avenue
from Chicano Park to 26th St.

Masks Required
Social Distancing Enforced

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Fiesta Old Town Mercado

May 1 - May 2, 2021

As you journey through lanes of mini-tiendas (stores) you will find colorful trinkets, masterful arts & crafts and yummy cuisines. This bustling Mercado will burst with dynamic energy and flavors as the community collaborates to bring vitality back to the beloved streets of Old Town, the site of the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast featuring Mexican lore and historical sites, colorful shops and eclectic restaurants.

Enjoy enriched vibrations and the musings of tradition as you peruse the history and modern culture of one of San Diego's most iconic districts. Feed your curiosity and love for Old Town by exploring the museums, specialty shops and the lively streets of the Mercado where you can purchase an array of merchandise from over 100 vendors that include: handmade leather pieces, beautiful jewelry and many more treasures.

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Whats Hot

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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Beats & Treats

Apr 17, 2021
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LEARN YOUR CAMERA - PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing
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Walk The Block: Barrio Logan

Jan 9, 2021 - ongoing
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Fiesta Old Town Mercado

May 1 - May 2, 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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WeekYAYs Savings - 15% off San Diego Walks Tours

San Diego Walks
Valid: Mar 24 - ongoing

Enjoy San Diego's best sights while the rest of the city works! Get 15% off any public tour, Tuesday - Friday, until Memorial Day weekend. Use promo code WEEKYAYS15 at time of booking.

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10% off entire retail purchase in store

Old Town Model Railroad Depot
Valid: Mar 23 - ongoing

Our gift shop has a diverse selection of model trains and supplies, train-themed gifts, books, toys, and apparel. Show the cashier this page and get 10% off your entire purchase at our gift...

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45-minute Historic Bay Cruise $5 With Admission!

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2021

Welcome to the Maritime Museum of San Diego! Your best choice for an outdoor educational experience!  Take a top deck tour of the historic fleet, including the world’s oldest sailing...

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