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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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Balboa Park Bucket List

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Taste of December Nights

Dec 3 - Dec 5, 2021

For more than 40 years, the San Diego community has welcomed in the holiday season by celebrating the annual December Nights in Balboa Park. Due to the potential uncertainty of public health conditions at the time of December Nights, and out of an abundance of caution, the City has made the decision to expand upon the 2020 successful drive-through experience, "Taste of December Nights," for this year's event.

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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 30, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022

Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.

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Fleet Week San Diego 2021

Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2021

Welcome to Fleet Week San Diego 2021, November 4th – 11th at the Broadway Pier and Port Pavilion, San Diego.  Experience one of San Diego’s largest Military events featuring Military Displays, High Tech equipment in the Innovation Zone, Active Navy & Coast Guard Ship Tours, Live Music, Food, and Fun for the whole family!

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021

Welcome to the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, where sailboats and sandy beaches serve as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero.

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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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Taste of December Nights

Dec 3 - Dec 5, 2021
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San Diego International Auto Show

Dec 30, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022
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Fleet Week San Diego 2021

Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2021
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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 7 - Nov 14, 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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Galleries & Museums

Kids Go Free to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

With over 27,000 square feet of tracks, trestles and trains, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is North America’s largest museum of its kind. Guests enter a world of wonder and exploration...

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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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JA Cooley Kids Free October See where It All Began

J.A. Cooley Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

Important information! The offer allows up to two children 16 & under to get in FREE with one full-price paid adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the visit. Something for...

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