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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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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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Dine Diego

Sep 15 - Oct 15, 2020

San Diego’s favorite foodie event, San Diego Restaurant Week will take a break this September.  Instead, Dine Diego (presented by San Diego Restaurant Week), will run September 15 through October 15, 2020.  Dine Diego will feature San Diego’s top eateries showcasing all the current offerings for outdoor dining, to-go options and unique in-house promotions.

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Matcha Tea Whisks by Tanimura Tango

Sep 24, 2020

Introducing JFG’s Master Series Virtual Program featuring master artisans from Japan and San Diego. Participants will learn various techniques and a basic understanding of bamboo making, lacquer, stone lantern, tea whisk, and much more. The Master Series Virtual Program provides valuable cultural enrichment emphasizing the Japanese cultural heritage as well as everyday life in Japan and how these practices have reached beyond Japan. This is a ticketed event, $10 for JFG members and $20 for general registration. 

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PRIVATE CUSTOMIZABLE ICONIC CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing

Journey with award winning tour guide Julie around San Diego’s cultural and historic sites—on a private tour of fun and informative must-see sightseeing hotspots.

OLD TOWN:   Take a trip into the past and learn about our rich Spanish and Mexican heritage and why we are the “Birthplace of California.” Experience our original city—colorful and festive now, but find out why it wasn’t always that way.

DOWNTOWN:  Explore these San Diego Downtown essentials: scenic San Diego Bay’s Embarcadero waterfront, the famous and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, hip and historic Little Italy, and Petco Park.

BALBOA PARK:  The cultural heartbeat of our city; you will fall in love with the country’s largest urban cultural park and be dazzled discovering its origins as you take in its incredible vegetation, gorgeous flowers and ornate architecture.

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Afternoon Tea

Jun 29 - ongoing

An Afternoon To Remember

Hosted in our Grand Lobby, surrounded by the beauty of our exquisitely appointed French interiors and the shimmer of our antique crystal chandeliers, an invitation to tea is an invitation to an afternoon steeped in elegance and sweetness. Our harpist will serenade you as you enjoy tea sandwiches from the kitchen of the Westgate Room and a sweet selection of fresh handmade savories, pastries, French macarons and cakes.

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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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Dine Diego

Sep 15 - Oct 15, 2020
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Matcha Tea Whisks by Tanimura Tango

Sep 24, 2020
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PRIVATE CUSTOMIZABLE ICONIC CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing
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Afternoon Tea

Jun 29 - ongoing
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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, 2020

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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Kids Free Welcome Gift at Barona Museum

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

Barona Cultural Center & Museum is dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueño culture. The Museum's collection represents thousands of years of history -...

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Kids Go Free to The San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2020

The San Diego Museum of Art houses some of the world’s finest art. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s internationally renowned collection of more than 20,000...

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