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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

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Balboa Park Bucket List

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Bike the Bay

Aug 28, 2022

Bike the Bay is back in person on Sunday, August 28, 2022! Ride from the comfort of your own saddle, at your own pace, on your own time. Proceeds from the Bike the Bay ride will benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to making bicycling better in San Diego.

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San Diego International Film Festival

Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2022

The 21st Annual San Diego International Film Festival is really 'Putting the Fest Back in Festival!' This year includes the return of the Opening Night Film Premiere & Reception, the Night of the Stars Tribute, Culinary Cinema, plus more in-person parties, panels and networking events.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 9 - Nov 13, 2022

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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Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Jul 11 - Sep 5, 2022

Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo. Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music and other amazing entertainment experiences. There's so much to do, see and hear at Nighttime Zoo - it's a good thing summer hours are longer!

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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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Bike the Bay

Aug 28, 2022
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San Diego International Film Festival

Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2022
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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Nov 9 - Nov 13, 2022
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Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Jul 11 - Sep 5, 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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Parks & Gardens

Kids Go Free at the Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2022

The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is located in Balboa Park and represents the friendship between San Diego and its sister city in Yokohama, Japan. The binding of two cultures create a unique...

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$10 Historic Bay Cruise with General Admission*

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Valid: Jan 24 - ongoing

Purchase general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and add a 45-minute narrated Historic Bay Cruise aboard the country's oldest active Pilot boat for only $10 more! Limit reservations....

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Kids Go Free San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2022

Discover your wildest dreams at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum! Explore over 15 hands-on exhibits and activities for children ages 0-10. Dig for dinosaurs in Base Camp, set sail on Discovery...

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