Balboa Park, San Diego

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Contact: +1 619 239 0512
Open Hours: Park: Open 24 hrs; Visitors center: Daily 9:30a-4:30p
The world-renowned San Diego Zoo is only one part of this magnificent 1,200-acre (490 hectares) 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, 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.