The world-renowned San Diego Zoo is only one part of this magnificent 1,200-acre city park that was built for the 1915-1916 ... More
The world-renowned San Diego Zoo is only one part of this magnificent 1,200-acre city park that was built for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Expo. California's Hispanic roots were celebrated as the city erected breathtakingly ornate Spanish style buildings. The California Building was modeled after a Spanish colonial church and is topped off with a polychrome tile dome. Balboa Park is home to the zoo, 14 museums, a pipe organ pavilion, botanical gardens, a Tony award winning theater, an antique carousel and a miniature-scale train. Of particular interest is Balboa Park's Christmas on the Prado that is held the first weekend of December each year.
Lovely settings to relax and hang out, splendid green grassy areas, huge playground, world beat center, several museums accessible by foot only (Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and IMAXDome) (Natural History Museum), fountain, organ pavillion, Zoo, merry-go-round, train rides, tours, quaint coffee shops and cuisine. Close to Hillcrest area of town. Parking in the park is free at the Zoo.
We loved the Pepper Grove playground (went there 3 times, you can watch the planes going overhead as they fly low into the airport), the Reuben Fleet Science Center (pricey, but let the kid experiment!), The Small Scale Railroad that you can ride is very fun (no seatbelts, so smaller kids need mom or dad to go at an extra $1.75, but worth it), and fun for the toddler train buff crowd... real rails, therefore real sounds, not the canned sounds at Legoland, and a tunnel. The small scale railroad is west of the Zoo entrance. The zoo is perfect, but occasionally you have to lift the kiddies to see. The paths are an adventure to explore for the adventurous pre-schooler. They have covered eating area west of the elephants. The Miniature Railroad Museum is fun for the kiddies who love to watch them. There is a Thomas Section, and one room that has lots of action, so you don't have to wait for the realistic re-creations to go. They have steps up for the little ones to see. My 3-year-old crawled along the railroad inlays that have the contributor plaques on them. I have been to the museums without kids. The art museum is small, but has a really nice collection. The air museum is small, but great. The car collection is for buffs of all types. In enjoy the Japanese Garden, but wonder if it's worth the normal price. I try to see it on free Tuesdays.
Balboa Park offers a science museum, carnival rides, The San Diego Zoo, and a traditional play catch in the park. It is a must-do when visiting San Diego. I visit San Diego at least once a year, and it's always on our agenda.
I love Balboa Park! It shows so many sides of San Diego. It shows San Diego's history,scenery,shops,food,and the best one is the ghost tours! I think Balboa Park is the place to go if you have never been to San Diego. You can do everything there!
If your ever in San Diego.You have to go and visit Balboa Park,It's a must see!
This is 1,200 acres of scenery,Historical buildings the Zoo,Botanicle gardens,
museums galore and I can't leave out the big IMAX and the Science Center also. There is so much you can see and do.This indeed was a breathtaking expierence that my family and I enjoyed.It's a little costly,but will worth the money!It has a bit of everything!Definatley bring a camara!Guarentee you
won't regret it!!!
Wonderful place. If you like museums, gardens, water fountains, this is the place for you. The Railroad museum, and the space center may interest kids the most. Maybe you can catch something fun happening at the Old Globe theatre. Plus the San Diego Zoo is right next door. I have visited this place many times over the years, and it never gets old.
Definitely a must visit when you are in San Diego. A lot of museums and various botanical gardens. I was disappointed that I could not find the supposedly Tai Chi practitioners but it was still worth it. Because of all the variuos other attractions within the large park.
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