Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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1549 El Prado

San Diego, California 92101

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(619) 239-0512

  • 3 mentions in Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)

    • Michele S.

      Michele S. said, "...So many great places! Mission Beach, Balboa Park, or even the staple San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. I love Del Mar for a great classy beach town visit. There are some great museums and Old Town is a must for kids!..." See More

    • Belinda H.

      Belinda H. said, "...cute shops, musicians, and artists. The only money you spend is the money you choose to spend on money or items. Balboa Park is also a good shout. Lots of great gardens and museums you can see. Some days the museums even..." See More

    • Dana M.

      Dana M. said, "...Spend a day or two in Balboa Park! It is full of museums and great outdoor space. As for places to eat in the Pacific Beach area, check out The Mission, The Patio on Lamont Street, The Swell Cafe, Hoboken Pizza..." See More

  • 3 mentions in 7 day spring break from med school in March with two classmates?

    • Denise D.

      Denise D. said, "...Little Italyfor dinner. Then head to the Gaslamp Quarter for nightlife. On one day you can visit the San Diego Zooand Balboa Park. El Prado is a go lunch spot in the park and there are many museums...." See More

    • Kelli B.

      Kelli B. said, "...Chip Rock and Torrey Pines Rd trails in La Jolla are great hikes if you are also in to that. Also Balboa Park is a great area with cool museums and near the zoo! Hope this helps have an awesome time!..." See More

    • Cynthia I.

      Cynthia I. said, "...San Diego Zoo SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Safari Park Balboa Park, museums, The Prado at Balboa Park for happy hour in park Mission Beach - Belmont Park, bike on Boardwalk, big, active beach La Jolla - cove, shopping, restaurants Gaslamp Quarter..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Things to do in San Diego for our Hooneymoon?

    • Clancy C.

      Clancy C. said, "...Congrats! San Diego is filled with romance and is the perfect place for a honeymoon. Definitely spend an afternoon in Balboa Park- it's very romantic! Many gardens, Spreckles Organ, the OId Globe, many museums. Plan for happy hour sangria (or a..." See More

    • Cherie Y.

      Cherie Y. said, "...sunset at La Jolla Cove or Mount SoledadDessert at Extraordinary Desserts (two locations, but I like the Hillcrest location better)Strolling around Balboa Park Grabbing some amazing BBQ to go at Phil's BBQ and taking it over to the beach behind Hotel Del..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Is a City Tour in San Diego a must?

    • Michael S.

      Michael S. said, "...San Elijo Lagoon, Torrey Pines State Park, Imperial Beach/Border Fields Park. My recommendation is if you want to see downtown and Balboa Park, use GoCars tours. It's a blast!..." See More

    • Deborah B.

      Deborah B. said, "...lot to choose from but if you don't know it well, you might miss some of the highlights. My suggestions: Coronado, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla, Del Mar and Torrey Pines...." See More

  • 2 mentions in Top kid-friendly attractions in San Diego?

    • Mark B.

      Mark B. said, "...Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido. Don’t go if it is a hot day. Train/merry go round by Zoo on Saturdays Balboa Park- the Science Museum is great for kids, we also like the Natural History museum Japanese Friendship garden at..." See More

    • Becky O.

      Becky O. said, " can see them grazing and relaxing in open fields. Also, the San Diego Zoo sits in a larger park called Balboa Park, San Diego's "Central Park." There is an awesome Space Museum and Kids museums and workshops, as well as..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Things to do in San Diego if you just have a few hours and are by yourself

    • Gary A.

      Gary A. said, "...shops and restaurants. If you have a little more time and want to get a taxi or Uber, go east to Balboa Park, about 3 miles from the waterfront. There are plenty of things to do there. Many of the museums..." See More

    • Gail J.

      Gail J. said, "...I think Balboa Park is a must see. Many interesting aspects to the park.La Jolla Cove is another terrific spot...." See More

  • 2 mentions in What are the best places to visit in San Diego?

    • Megan N.

      Megan N. said, "...drink at the beachside Coronado Beach Resort , and lunch or dinner in Little Italy. Plus you get to see beautiful Balboa Park. The tour starts and ends in Old Town so be sure to save room for some chips and..." See More

    • Conor H.

      Conor H. said, "...know much about the music scene in San Diego but for the nature lover I would recommend taking a walk in Balboa Park, visiting the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument and if you have the time, taking a trip to..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Fun things to do?

    • Heather H.

      Heather H. said, " an extinct volcano that's pretty cool. It's called the Calavera Nature Preserve. If it's museums you're looking for, head to Balboa Park in San Diego where there are museums for everything from art to aerospace, Japanese gardens, etc. Plus Balboa Park..." See More

    • Roberta C.

      Roberta C. said, "...Take the train downtown to walk around The Wharf, visit Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter. Seaport Village Take 1-2 Hr harbor cruise, $5 boat to Coronado Island, Hotel Del CoronadoHotel Del Coronado, see a Padres game. Check out groupon or living social..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Free things to do in San Diego?

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...each. Here are some free and less expensive ideas I did for another post: Historic sights and Museums to see: 1. Balboa Park is a 1200 acre jewel adjacent to downtown. It contains more than a dozen museums, including the The San..." See More

    • Tom T.

      Tom T. said, "...a stroll, a run or just to sit on the water. I love to come here to watch people fly kites. Balboa Park is a place not to be missed. It's one of my favorite places in SD. It’s not really just..." See More

  • 2 mentions in What are the best hidden gems in San Diego?

    • Joan M.

      Joan M. said, "...In Balboa Park, there is an artists colony between the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Zoo - also Point Loma has beautiful views and is the smallest national park in the USA. Wine country in Temecula is..." See More

    • Tonco S.

      Tonco S. said, "...San Diego is amazing, you will love it, My favourite places: Coronado, Balboa Park, Downtown, Little Italy, Ocean Beach..." See More

  • 2 mentions in 3.5 day family trip - ideas for itinerary?

    • Brenna N.

      Brenna N. said, "...Diego Zoowill probably take at least half a day and you can easily spend the other half of the day in Balboa Park (The park that the Zoo is in). As for which beach, I'm partial to Coronado Beach because it's beautiful..." See More

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...boogie boards. The San Diego Zoo can easily take most of a day if your son is up to it, and Balboa Park has some nice things close by to see. Downtown San Diego has the USS Midway Museum, which I think..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Where are the most beautiful places in San Diego?

    • Joan M.

      Joan M. said, "...national park with $5/car admission but beautiful sea views and history. Easily combined with Coronado and Harbor Excursion as previously mentioned. Balboa Park is a must see...." See More

    • April L.

      April L. said, "... Balboa Park, Torrey Pines State Park, top of Cowles Mountain and Iron Mountain Trail Head, Cabrillo National Monument, Centennial Park, Sunset Cliffs Some of the prettiest spots in SD!..." See More

  • 1 mention in San Fran all the way to San Diego 5 friends one car what do we need to do!

    • Jane C.

      Jane C. said, "...the zoo. You take a train to see the can also feed the giraffes! If not, go to the zoo, Balboa Park is worth walking, too. Take a boat tour of the bay, you may see Navy pilots dropping SEALS in..." See More

  • 1 mention in New Years in Southern California: What to do?!

    • Joelle H.

      Joelle H. said, "...I highly suggest Disneyland Park, Mission Beach, Balboa Park, Coronado Beach where the Hotel Del Coronado is which is the hotel the movie "Some Like it Hot" was filmed. The beach almost looks golden at sunset. Something in the sand. It's..." See More

  • 1 mention in Relaxed weekend in San Diego

    • Teresa V.

      Teresa V. said, "...views from inside. A great reference is the La Jolla website. Another great place to explore without spending any money is Balboa Park. You can take the free trolley and hop on and off throughout this LARGE park. There are many..." See More

  • 1 mention in Where are the most popular areas to stay in San Diego?

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...downtown. Coronado has a small-town feel and several excellent restaurants, just minutes from downtown. Historic sights and Museums to see: 1. Balboa Park is a 1200 acre jewel adjacent to downtown. It contains more than a dozen museums, including the The San..." See More

  • 1 mention in Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego

    • Bekah W.

      Bekah W. said, "...the like. A must -- grabbing a margarita at any of the restaurants ( Casa Guadalajara for one) and people watching. Balboa Park is great. Yes, the museums are terrific here, but more than anything, I love strolling the gardens and taking..." See More

  • 1 mention in hiking near San Diego

    • Michael S.

      Michael S. said, "...much by the ocean that is shady -- San Diego is not heavily forested. Here's my list: Torrey Pines State Park Balboa Park (especially the Zoo which is more of a botanical enclave than an animal one) Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (just..." See More

  • 1 mention in Visiting San Diego in Sept- best places for dinner, walks, and activities?

    • Gary A.

      Gary A. said, "...Park is a small neighborhood with locally owned shops and very good cafes and bistros. All these areas are close to Balboa Park which could easily fill a day. The park is celebrating its centennial this year with a lot of new..." See More

  • 1 mention in What are the must-do activities in the area?

    • Brie Anne D.

      Brie Anne D. said, "...seals out on the rocks or the beach. I take everyone who visits me in San Diego to this spot. 2) Balboa Park -- Dozens of museums, old architecture, and street performers. Usually has great weather, even if it's overcast by the..." See More

  • 1 mention in Mother/Tween Daughter vacation spots in California

    • Kyle P.

      Kyle P. said, "...general is an awesome little city that has some great beaches and a few places to rent a bike. Sight Seeing: Balboa Park is the large municipal park pretty much in the middle of the city. It has plenty to offer: tons..." See More

  • 1 mention in Is Midtown a safe area?

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...Midtown is about a 10 minute drive to downtown and to the beaches. Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo Zoo are only about 5 minutes away, Adjacent to it on the west side are the freeway and the airport. If you..." See More

  • 1 mention in Advice for a 2 weeks holiday in the West Cost

    • Joelle H.

      Joelle H. said, "...sand sparkles similar to gold in some spots at sunset and great dining. La Jolla for the beach and underwater park, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo. L.A. has Los Angeles Chinatown, Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier,..." See More

  • 1 mention in Fun things to do for a ladies day trip?

    • Cynthia I.

      Cynthia I. said, "... Balboa Park- Brunch at The Prado at Balboa Park in Park Pedicab tour Gaslamp, Seaport Village, walk waterfront - drinks/dinner Hornblower Cruise (or private sailing tour) Ladies - spa day and lunch at local resort (depending on where you are staying..." See More

  • 1 mention in Loner in La Jolla?! What activities can I do as a solo visiter?

    • Brian W.

      Brian W. said, "...Don't forget to visit Balboa Park, next to the Zoo. The park has a Museum and a Science/Astronomy building if you like to check out the universe. Also, try downtown on Broadway Pier to view the decommissioned USS Midway Museum...." See More

  • 1 mention in Spending 4 days in La Jolla with 3 teens & need advice about things to do

    • Kay B.

      Kay B. said, "...the day of walking around more exciting and tranquil. I'm pretty sure the plant collection is more valuable than the animals. Balboa Park is right next door to the zoo, filled with museums and park areas for playing frisbee or having a..." See More

  • 1 mention in Itinerary ideas for San Diego to LA w/our active, wildlife-loving tweens?

    • Phil C.

      Phil C. said, "...In San Diego, La Jolla Cove is a no brainer for kayaking and sea lions. Balboa Park with the San Diego Air & Space Museum was always a favorite growing up...." See More

  • 1 mention in Where to stay in San Diego

    • Maria J.

      Maria J. said, "...many in the water. Not sure where to get cheaper tickets, check online for possible coupons. The area near the zoo, Balboa Park is beautiful, and at the end of your day you absolutely have to visit Extraordinary Desserts near the park..." See More