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Balboa Park: Museums, Theater & Gardens

Balboa Park & Museums

This two-mile long urban cultural park is one of San Diego's most incredible outdoor playgrounds. Filled with lush gardens, walking paths, play areas, performing arts, over 17 museums, restaurants, shops, theaters, and the ever popular, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is the perfect place to live like a local. Catch a show at The Old Globe Theater. Visit the koi ponds at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Or get a glimpse at the Earth's prehistoric past at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Its all waiting for you at Balboa Park.
Balboa Park & Museums

Balboa Park & Museums

San Diego, CA, California, 92104
Distance from Hotel: 14.80 miles


Public grounds are open 24 hours a day. The visitor center is open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Times vary per establishment.


Admission to the park and gardens is free. Prices vary per institution.


  • Balboa Park After Dark
  • Maker Faire San Diego
  • Food Truck Friday's
  • December Nights
  • BP Twilight Concerts
  • BP Summer Nights


  • Theater
  • Zoo
  • Museums
  • Dining
  • Sightseeing
  • Outdoor recreation

Can I Bring My Dog To Balboa Park?

Yes, dogs love Balboa as much as their owners. All dogs must be leashed and remain with you at all times except for in the three designated off-leash areas. Nate's Point, south side of Cabrillo Bridge, Morley Field, northwest of tennis courts, and Grape St. Park is designated as dog-off-leash area during the following times: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 9 am to 9 pm.

What Outdoor Recreation Is Available At Balboa Park?

There is something for everyone at Balboa Park, and with a perfect San Diego climate; you can enjoy it all year long. Stroll through the Alcazar Garden, take a walk through the shady paths at Palm Canyon, hit the playgrounds with the kids, hike, let the pups run free, golf, swim, bike and take a yoga class - all at Balboa Park.