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Balboa Park: Historic Highlights & Secret Spots

Explore a Cultural Treasure w/Optional 1-Day Pass

Explore one of the country’s best urban cultural parks. Balboa Park has a bit of everything, including grand architecture, diverse museums, cultural institutions, and captivating gardens. You will visit spots that even locals don’t know about. OPTIONAL ADD ON - add an adult One-Day Explorer Pass to any tour departure. Visit 4 of 16 participating museums for an additional $40.

Tour Highlights

Discover the inspiring, quirky, and fascinating history of one of the nation’s largest urban cultural parks
Uncover historical and architectural treasures hiding in plain sight
Explore a botanical garden’s vibrant collection of more than 2,100 plants
Learn about the early 20th century expositions that shaped Balboa Park
Find the best spots to photograph Balboa Park’s beautiful Spanish colonial revival architecture

Neighborhood: Downtown

Sefton Plaza at Founder's Statue

Laurel St. between Balboa Drive and 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92121

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Contact Info

619-432-7560
info@sandiegourbanadventures.com

Date & Time

Jan 10, 2020 - ongoing
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Recurs every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Price

$44

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Getting there

Laurel St. between Balboa Drive and 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92121

Next to Founder’s Plaza statues between 6th Ave and Balboa Drive on Laurel Street at the west entrance of Balboa Park. They are located in Sefton Plaza and are directly across the street from the Lawn Bowling Club.

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Easter Sunday by the Bay: Brunch & Egg Hunt

Apr 12, 2020

Hippity Hoppity! Easter's on its way and you're invited to celebrate the springtime holiday with an elaborate Sunday brunch at Vela Restaurant! Then, hop on over to Promenade Plaza for a colorful egg hunt overlooking the San Diego Bay. We're eggcited to create #BayfrontMemories with you and your family!

Easter Buffet at Vela Restaurant
10:00am-2:00pm
$49 Per Adult | $20 Kids Ages 6-12 | Under Age 5 Free

Reservations for parties of 10 or more, call 619-321-4403.
Menu: http://bit.ly/easterbrunch2020

Easter Egg Hunt
Located in Promenade Plaza
9:30AM - Ages 1-6 years
11:30AM - Ages 7-12 Years

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PRIVATE SUNSET AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Mar 7, 2019 - ongoing

Learn how to capture the essence of the late-day light and magical nighttime beauty of America’s finest city, on an Instagrammable private photography tour. Whether mastering how to shoot our outstanding coastal scenery or our lit-up fairytale-like urban wonders, your private tour will be led personally 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.

Julie works closely with you before the tour 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, boost your shooting skills and make your friends say “Wow!” when they see your photos!

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Cart Safari

Feb 26, 2019 - ongoing

Travel by cart with a knowledgeable guide, who will enlighten you about the Park's inside story and answer any questions you may have about our animals. This personalized tour will allow you great photo stops and a unique opportunity to watch one of our African animals receive a tasty treat.

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PRIVATE SHUTTLED COASTAL GEMS TOUR

Mar 7, 2019 - ongoing

Breezy palm trees, captivating coastal vistas, postcard perfect cliffs, colorful beach umbrellas, hidden sea caves, picturesque ocean coves, crashing waves... Need we say more? This is the quintessential southern California beach and seascape tour you’ve always wanted to do. On this private tour, check out the affluent lifestyle of La Jolla with its Mediterranean architecture, unmatched coastline and delightful wildlife. Experience primo Southern California beach culture at a bustling three-mile boardwalk filled with skateboarders, runners, inline skaters, bikers, and sun worshippers as well as one of the top surfing spots on our 70 miles of picturesque coastline. Step back in time viewing Coronado’s charming beaches, elegant residences; and partake in other seaside surprises! 

Live the California Dream!

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Events

Easter Sunday by the Bay: Brunch & Egg Hunt

Apr 12, 2020
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PRIVATE SUNSET AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Mar 7, 2019 - ongoing
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Cart Safari

Feb 26, 2019 - ongoing
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PRIVATE SHUTTLED COASTAL GEMS TOUR

Mar 7, 2019 - ongoing
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