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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number:
+1 619-239-0512
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic...

One of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this bucolic paradise is packed with an array of attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

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So much to take in

There are 15 museums; we enjoyed 4 during a rainy day!! Lots to see; depends on your interests. Beautiful landscaping; we enjoyed our time there during a rainy day.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Lubbock, Texas
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are 15 museums; we enjoyed 4 during a rainy day!! Lots to see; depends on your interests. Beautiful landscaping; we enjoyed our time there during a rainy day.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very beautiful park. Lots of museums there. Their outlook is very artistic. Nice fountains. Good view for a run. Parking is free.

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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many things to see and do. It will take all day and you won't be able to see it all. Lots of museums and hiking trails. The place is huge!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's amazing going around balboa park. It has many, many things you can do with friends and family. It's perfect for spending a relaxing day.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great area to walk around for half a day, or more if you enter the many museums. Great architecture all around.

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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had very little knowledge of this park before arriving and didnt expect a lot. What a gorgeous spot! Well worth exploring and visiting the museums.

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On this trip we just drove through the park but it is a great place to stroll or to have a picnic. Between the Zoo, museum and viewing the architecture, give yourself at least a full day.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Balboa Park is simply a can't miss attraction in San Diego. From the zoo, the gardens, and the imax and the Science center, it's absolutely a must visit in San Diego.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is nothing quite like this anywhere . Absolutely amazing . I could spend a week . The museums are beautiful , the gardens are unbelievable . I WANT TO GO BACK

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

large and beautiful park with 2 restaurants, and several museums, Can get single driver electric carts that go almost anywhere and highly recommended for elderly, many, many offerings----go to thier website

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