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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

Mar 24, 2021 - 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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TEAMS FOR GOOD Corporate Volunteer Shift

Jul 23, 2021 - ongoing

Teams for Good is an opportunity for corporate groups to engage their employees and help provide nutritious meals to the community through volunteerism and giving! Partnership opportunities start at $2,500 and can be customized to meet your company’s goal.

Teams for Good includes a two-hour volunteer shift at Feeding San Diego, during which time, your team will help clean, sort, and pack food before it is distributed to those in need. By participating in Teams for Good, your company can make a profound difference in the lives of San Diegans facing hunger.

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Tenth Ave Paranormal Investigation

Jun 14, 2021 - ongoing

Find out first-hand what it is like on a paranormal investigation while ghost hunting. The Tenth Ave Arts Center was built as a chapel for the First Baptist Church in 1928 and has many stories to tell. With 4 infamous in-house ghosts there are many notable occurrences that have haunted this chapel’s halls.

You will hear the haunting stories of the spirits inside the chapel and have an opportunity to ghost hunt in several areas of the building.

Feel the hair-raising chill as an EMF meter lights up in your hands, letting you know that an unseen presence could be just inches away from where you stand. You will be able to experiment with detecting ghosts and spirit anomalies with the latest in paranormal and ghost investigation equipment.

Stay tuned for additional dates. We will be offering this event once a month. 

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Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov 27, 2021

2021 will bring decorations to Julian in our traditional way. Our town loves to provide a Country Christmas atmosphere for our visitors. We encourage you to come to Julian to enjoy our sweet, lovely town and enjoy the decorations and the offerings of our local shops and organizations. 

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San Salvador Sailing Adventure

Aug 28 - Oct 23, 2021

Join us for this popular day sail adventure experience aboard San Salvador, a replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s ship that arrived at the port we now call San Diego on September 28, 1542. These 4-hour Sailing Adventures are for people who love history, and sailing. Very few people have sailed aboard galleons of the sixteenth century and these day sails offer the public a chance to be aboard the magnificent galleon, San Salvador. No sailing experience required. Unique to the experience is the opportunity to sail with an onboard historian to explain how San Salvador is sailed, navigated, and in the 16th century, was defended. Guests will learn of the ships history, connecting story to our Pacific Heritage, and the impact of ships like Explorer Cabrillo’s San Salvador during the age of exploration. 

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Events

TEAMS FOR GOOD Corporate Volunteer Shift

Jul 23, 2021 - ongoing
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Tenth Ave Paranormal Investigation

Jun 14, 2021 - ongoing
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Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov 27, 2021
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San Salvador Sailing Adventure

Aug 28 - Oct 23, 2021
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