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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

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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

Jun 7, 2022 - ongoing
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Recurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Price

Adults: $45 | Children (6-15) $35

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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 the north west corner of Sefton Plaza and are directly across the street from both the Lawn Bowling Club and the Kate Sessions statue.

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2022 San Diego County Fair

Jun 8 - Jul 4, 2022

Pow! Wham! Shazam! Superheroes are the stars of this year’s San Diego County Fair...from the action-packed pop culture superheroes from comic books and the silver screen, to those awe-inspiring Community Heroes we’ve found right in our own neighborhoods.
 
Soar through the air on adrenaline-pumping carnival rides, strike a power pose with your favorite superheroes, taste your way through the Fair’s superfoods, and discover entertainment surprises around every corner.

All Fair Admission & Parking tickets must be purchased online in advance.
To better serve Fair guests, the San Diego County Fair is moving to a cashless payment experience. Cashless payments are safer and faster, too–avoid wait times at the gate and spend more time enjoying the Fair!

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Del Mar Racing Season

Jul 22 - Sep 11, 2022

San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Racetrack racing season, mid-July - early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation's top racehorses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

 

Friday, July 22 - Sunday, September 11, 2022

Racing Thursdays - Sunday, and Labor Day Monday.

First Post 2 PM most racing days, 4 PM on Fridays. 

 

*dates and times subject to change. Visit DelMarRacing.com for up to date information.

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Saturday Historical Gaslamp Walking Tour

Feb 22 - ongoing

Tour architecturally significant structures of the period from Old City Hall to the Romanesque style Keating Building and hear the fascinating stories of the people and characters that shaped the destiny of San Diego.

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Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones

Feb 11, 2022 - ongoing

Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones combines food and history into a one of a kind, unforgettable experience. Travel back in time with us as we explore the Birthplace of California and the events and people who have transformed Old Town San Diego into the cultural destination it is today. Come with us on one of the most in-depth tours of Old Town as your knowledgeable tour guide takes you on a journey through the historical eras, from the early Spanish settlements to the establishment of Mexican Independence to the California Gold Rush. Join us for a night of authentic food tastings, traditional cocktail samplings, and fun!

Old Town is known as the "Birthplace of California"
Learn about the early Spanish missionaries
Eat some amazing Mexican food at 3 local restaurants
Enjoy haunted tales and mariachi music

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Events

2022 San Diego County Fair

Jun 8 - Jul 4, 2022
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Del Mar Racing Season

Jul 22 - Sep 11, 2022
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Saturday Historical Gaslamp Walking Tour

Feb 22 - ongoing
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Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones

Feb 11, 2022 - ongoing
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