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.
There is so much to see, and so many different interests, that it is impossible to see it all. 3 times and we are planning to go again. Favorite is the Air/Space Museum and it's changing themes. Museum of Man is so wonderful. Art! Wonderful, Gardens, gorgeous, just go!
For $29 I bought a 4 museum pass, visited 4, and still was able to enjoy lunch on the grass by the reflecting pond, and a delightful hour in the dog park (even without a dog) watching man's best friend run and play with each other. Try to time your visit for a Tuesday when there is free entry to certain museums depending on which week it is. Make your first stop the friendly visitor's center to get the info on which museums are free that day and a map to get around. Plan time to wander the ALWAYS FREE Botanical Gardens around lunchtime so you can have a picnic outside on the grass in front of the Reflecting Pool and maybe catch a busker or two performing cheesy magic shows for the crowds. A great place for a take-out picnic lunch is the cafe near the Museum of Photography. They make fresh, delicious sandwiches on the some of the best marbled rye I've tasted. Sprouts are standard on the sandwich, so tell them if you don't want any. A lunch of a chicken salad sandwich with pickle, chips, and a diet soda was just over $7. Well worth it and better than a greasy hot dog. I visited The San Diego Museum of Art (don't miss the sculpture garden around the side of the museum), The Museum of Photography (which was showing the work of Ansel Adams), The Mingei Museum (which was disappointing and noisy as they were in the midst of setting up another exhibit, although they definitely had the BEST museum gift shop!), and The Museum of Natural History (really fabulous interactive displays that kids and adults were both interested in)
There were tons of school groups around and the Science Museum was too full so I didn't go there, I opened the door and the sound of screaming children sent me away, but it looked like they all were pretty engaged.
It was well worth the time and money I spent.
All the beautiful buildings and scenery. A little pricey in the gift shops, but that is expected. Ample parking, but better to come early. We arrived BEFORE all the crowds, glad we got there early to have some quiet time. I would NOT recommend it for really young children though, takes away from the other people enjoying themselves and the kids probably would be bored.
This park was so beautiful that I cannot wait to go back. Don't waste your time and money on the Natural History Museum, though. To me, the greatest thing I got to see were the rose and cactus gardens. Of course, the zoo is the nicest in the world, too.
The museums were amazing here at Balboa Park. But the problem was that there was so many of them....We had planned on seeing alot of them and having it be just a day trip but we soon realized that one or two was all that we were going to be able to see in just a day. It costs around 4.00 for children under 12. 6.50 for children 13 to 17 and 8.00 for all adults. The museums are large and contain more than one topic. They also have a passport option for those who are going to be around the park for about a week this was about 36.00 for each person and if you got to seeing all 15 museums you will sure get your moneys worth. But unless your whole motive for going to San Diego was to see Balboa Park then the passport is not a costly option.
There are many gardens and attractions in the Balboa Park, so when you planning your trip you must first print a map of Balboa Park so you won't mistaken BlaBoa Park as one travel point. it took me two days to visit it's pretty big. the following are some of my favorite places in the balboa Park. San Diego Zoo, the garden of dessert, Rose garden which is right next to the dessert garden, Japanese garden ($4.00) if you show a student ID it is only $2.50. Spanish art village. the Fleet space museum is not so worth the money $10.00 for a I-Max Educational film, it saids admission included but there is nothing interesting inside the museum. but overall the gardens and zoo are great!!
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