Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Balboa Park

Balboa Park Tours and Tickets

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Home to world-class museums, manicured gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park tops the list of San Diego city sights. Its 1,200 lush acres (486 hectares) comprise the largest urban park in the United States. Apart from its many attractions, Balboa Park also features lengthy walking and hiking trails, distinctive landscaping, Golden Age Spanish buildings, and one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs.

  • Park Boulevard, San Diego, California, 92101

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Dollita_W, Nov 2023
Sunny day 😎
Jennifer was awesome & the tour was great & informative. I am a local & learned things I never knew before about Balboa Park. Thank you 😊
Donald_C, Nov 2023
A great tour of Balboa Park
It was an informative and fun tour. Jennifer was a great tour guide giving a mix of facts mixed with some humor. I would recommend the tour to anyone interested in Balboa park.
Lisa_C, Nov 2023
Fun way to explore Balboa Park
Great introduction to San Diego and Balboa Park. Our guide Sam was knowledgeable and fun. Segways were a great way to zip around town.
Sharon_F, Sep 2023
Great and fun experience!
How fun it was to ride the Segway and our tour guide was awesome! We enjoyed the tour of Balboa Park. Bridgette was very knowledgeable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Balboa Park hours of operation?
Balboa Park hours of operation: Open 24 hours a day. Visitors Center: 9:30am - 4:30pm. Museum hours vary by institution. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
People Also Ask
Q:Does Balboa Park have tours?
A:Yes, you can take guided tours of Balboa Park. Expert guides lead free hour-long tours of the Central Mesa from the visitor center. Tours cover aspects of the park’s history and attractions. Custom private tours also are available for a fee and can be tailored to individual interests and needs.
Q:How much time do you need in Balboa Park?
A:Allow at least one full day to explore Balboa Park and more time if you have interests in specific park attractions. There are many different places to see, including the San Diego Zoo, galleries, museums, and gardens, each of which is worthy of at least a couple of hours.
Q:What is the best time of year to visit Balboa Park?
A:Spring is a great time to visit Balboa Park as the gardens are especially colorful. Winter also is a good time because it tends to be quieter than during the busy summer months, and weather conditions are ideal both for strolling outdoors and exploring the indoor museums and galleries.
Q:Where is the best place to walk in Balboa Park?
A:The best and most popular walks in Balboa Park are the Seven Bridge Walk and the Gardens Loop. The Seven Bridge Walk is 5.7 miles (9.3 kilometers) and takes around two hours. The Gardens Loop is a leisurely 1.4-mile (2.3-kilometer) trail that takes around 30 minutes.
Q:Can you walk around Balboa Park for free?
A:Yes, visitors can walk around Balboa Park and visit the gardens for free. Only the museums, galleries, zoo, performances, events, and other self-contained attractions within the park are ticketed. Balboa Park is a great budget travel destination because you can see and do a lot without spending any money.
Q:Which days is Balboa Park free?
A:Many attractions and museums within Balboa Park offer free entry to San Diego residents on the first, second, third, or fourth Tuesdays of the month, on a rotating basis. Free access may be restricted, and entry conditions and dates may change without notice or not apply during certain months.