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Secrets and Highlights of Balboa Park

Explore a Cultural Treasure with a Local Expert

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.

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

PRIVATE TOURS ARE AVAILABLE. CLICK "TICKETS" FOR DETAILS

Sefton Plaza at Founder's Statue

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

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Contact Info

619-329-9928
info@sandiegowalks.net

Date & Time

Jan 19, 2022 - ongoing
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Recurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Price

Adults: $44 | Children (6-16) $34

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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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Events|

Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2022

Our annual San Diego Museum Month program may look a little different this year, but February remains the perfect month to discover (or re-discover) the story of San Diego as told through our diverse range of museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more.

Join us every day in February as we explore a rich world of cultural experiences, including virtual activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and other special museum moments you can only find in San Diego.

Follow San Diego Museum Council on social media for daily updates and happenings, and check back here soon for details. #SDMuseumMonth

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Coronado History and Highlights

Jan 19 - Mar 22, 2022

Get a taste for charming Coronado, just a ferry ride away from downtown San Diego! Stroll beautiful streets lined with cafés, boutiques, and multi-million dollar homes. Learn about the artists, aviators, innovators who played a role in Coronado's history. Grab a sweet treat then head for the beach while exploring this unique town.

Tour Highlights

Discover the sunshine and scenery of the famed Coronado Island
Marvel at the historic Hotel del Coronado, where celebs and presidents have laid their heads
Enjoy a delicious treat at our favorite local eatery
Hear stories of the artists, aviators and innovators who made the island their home.

PRIVATE TOURS ALSO AVAILABLE. CLICK ON "TICKETS" FOR DETAILS

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Emperor

Mar 12, 2022

Emperor, the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in all of California, will open on March 12 —just in time for Spring Break. Get ready to plunge 90 degrees and soar up to 60 miles per hour through exhilarating loops on this exciting Emperor penguin-inspired adventure, feeling your feet dangle above the track on the state’s only floorless dive coaster!

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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Balboa Park

Jan 3 - ongoing

Turn Downtown or San Diego's Balboa Park into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour Event as you compete against other teams for the best score. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

Covid Friendly outdoor activity. No tour guides to meet, no people added to your group.  Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace.

Save 20% with Promocode: SDEVENT

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Events

Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2022
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Coronado History and Highlights

Jan 19 - Mar 22, 2022
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Emperor

Mar 12, 2022
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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Balboa Park

Jan 3 - ongoing
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