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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.

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1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

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Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with your or or two day trolley pass (depending on option selected) for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 11 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from the on-board guide during your ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.00
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$46.00

San Diego Scenic Tour

San Diego Scenic Tour

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In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad. Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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GoCar Talking GoCar 2Hr Tour: Downtown & Old Town

GoCar Talking GoCar 2Hr Tour: Downtown & Old Town

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Explore San Diego’s Downtown and Old Town sights in a fun and fast-paced way—on a GoCar tour. This sightseeing adventure takes the stress out of reading a map, as the car talks and shows you the way with its in-built GPS. Enjoy hearing stories as you explore the city’s most popular areas, including Little Italy, Mission Hills, Presidio Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.46
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

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Explore San Diego at your own pace with a full-day ticket to ride a hop-on, hop-off trolley through the city. Simply board the trolley at your cruise ship’s port of call and visit historic landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods at eleven centrally-located stops. Get a glimpse of California’s past in Old Town then see the magnificent ships that moor at the bustling waterfront; grab a spot on a beach to watch surfers catch breaking waves, and try to spot the famous ghost at the elegant Hotel del Coronado.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.00
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Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour

Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour

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Explore downtown San Diego and Balboa Park on a 2.5-hour Segway tour. Follow your guide to historic sites like the Hall of Justice and Pantoja Park, then make your way through Little Italy and the expansive grounds of Balboa Park. In the park you glide past destinations including Founder’s Plaza, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, and the Inez Parker Memorial Rose Garden. Your guide provides commentary on San Diego's history and landmarks throughout the tour. Includes guide, use of equipment, and Segway orientation—no prior experience necessary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$79.00
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GoCar & Speedboat Land and Sea Adventure in San Diego

GoCar & Speedboat Land and Sea Adventure in San Diego

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Discover San Diego independently by mini speedboat and mini car with 2- to 4-hour rental. Hit the town (and water) solo or with a friend. Whether you’re on land or in the water you have the freedom to explore at your leisure. Recorded commentary and GPS guidance inside the car enable you to explore the city stress-free. The sightseeing route takes you past Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter, and more.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.04
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2 Hour GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

2 Hour GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

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For a fun twist on the typical San Diego tour, first-time visitors shouldn't miss this GPS guided scooter excursion, where you can visit the city's top attractions, all while soaking up the fantastic weather. Just hop on your scooter, start cruising through the city, and feel the wind in your hair as you pass top sights. Highlights include Balboa Park, the Maritime Museum, and even the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.56
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Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Take the guesswork out of your sightseeing in San Diego and book a half-day private tour with an ultimate itinerary. Leave the driving to a personal guide who accompanies you by luxury car or SUV to the city’s major attractions. Stroll the landscaped gardens of Balboa Park, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, drive across the bridge to visit Coronado Island or discover the cliffside enclave of La Jolla. On this tour, set your own pace at the sights that interest you most!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.00
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San Diego City Tour + Joshua Tree National Park Milky Way Tour From Los Angeles

San Diego City Tour + Joshua Tree National Park Milky Way Tour From Los Angeles

1. Sightseeing Milky Way at Joshua Tree National Park 2. Beautiful weather with beautiful people in San Diego 3. Everything for one day (San DIego City Tour + Joshua Tree National Park Sunset / Milky Way)
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  • 15 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.00
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Balboa Park Hidden Gems Tour

Balboa Park Hidden Gems Tour

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90 minute walking tour suitable for everyone! The Balboa Park Hidden Gems Tour takes you on a 1.5 hour guided walking tour highlighting some of the most iconic locations in San Diego. We'll talk about the history of the area and I'll show you where several important events have taken place over the past 100+ years. Why Take A Tour of Balboa Park? A walking tour is a great to get the most out of your day in Balboa Park. 1.5 hours is just enough time to see all of the highlights, and hear some interesting stories about the park's history along the way. What To Expect The tour begins at the Plaza de Panama in the center of Balboa Park. You will learn about the history of Balboa Park and San Diego before we start our walk on mostly flat pavement. I will explain the history of Balboa Park's amazing architecture and beautiful gardens as we make our way through one of San Diego's most iconic locations.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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San Diego Tour

San Diego Tour

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With year-round perfect weather, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and top-notch cultural attractions, San Diego embodies the best of Southern California. Discover its many delights on a morning tour that takes you through this city's most charming areas, from the leafy promenades and fountains of Balboa Park to the legendary Hotel del Coronado and historic urban streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Skip the stress of driving and let a local guide show you around town, making several stops to soak up the sunny ambiance and do some California dreamin’ of your own.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa

GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa

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Zip through downtown San Diego and Balboa Park in just two hours with the use of a GPS-enabled GoCar. You and your partner will get settled, strap on your helmets, and use the provided map and GPS to get exploring. You'll cover tons more ground than you would on foot and can use the navigating devices to make your own route.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.46
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Balboa Park Electric Scooter Tour with Pictures

Balboa Park Electric Scooter Tour with Pictures

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Join me on a journey through one of San Diego's most iconic places. Since this park is large, we will be touring the major sites with the wind in our hair on electric scooters. No walking required ;) The first stop will be the beautiful botanical building and lily pond where we will pause for some pictures. Next, we will briefly cruise to the entrance to the San Diego Zoo before heading to the Spanish Village Arts Center. We will then scoot to the Morton Bay Fig Tree. It's then time to ride down the iconic El Prado passing fountains & museums along the way. After a quick stop, we will head past the International cottages on our way to the air and space museum. We will wrap up at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion before heading back to where we started. Photos of your adventure are included! If you want to see Balboa park in an efficient & unique way with a local guide, then this is the tour for you! (Tips are not required but are always appreciated :)
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in San Diego

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in San Diego

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With this experience, you can leave the trouble of getting Instagram-worthy vacation photos to a local professional. Choose custom or pre-determined routes within the Oceanside, Gaslamp, and Coronado neighborhoods, and meet your photographer for a 30-minute photography session that captures your trip in the best possible light. Your photographer sends 15 high-resolution photographs within five days of your session.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.00
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San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group Tour with Coffee
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San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group Tour with Coffee

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Balboa Park is a must-do for most San Diego visitors, but many don't appreciate the long and rich history of this treasured cultural center. Go deeper into the park's many museums, gardens, and attractions on a guided walking tour that will help you plan where you want to go and appreciate how Balboa Park came to be. Plus, stay energized with an included coffee drink along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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E-Bike Tour in Balboa Park

E-Bike Tour in Balboa Park

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On this Balboa Park E-Bike Tour you will learn what San Diego locals know, that Balboa Park is San Diego’s best kept secret! As the largest urban cultural park in the country, Balboa Park is one of the most unique attractions in San Diego. From hiking trails, to desert gardens and world-class museums, you could easily spend an entire day in this gorgeous San Diego park.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.00
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Private San Diego and La Jolla Tour

Private San Diego and La Jolla Tour

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Meet your dedicated guide for a private, flexible tour of San Diego and La Jolla. With round-trip private transportation, it's easy to check all of the most important sights of the area off your list. Stops include Mt. Soledad, Coronado Island, Balboa Park, Old Town, and others.
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  • 3 hours
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The San Diego Highlights Tour

The San Diego Highlights Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$211.00
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$211.00
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1 Hour GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Harbor/Gaslamp Quarter

1 Hour GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Harbor/Gaslamp Quarter

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This GPS guided scooter tour takes you on a multi-cultural tour of San Diego, starting in Little Italy, where you learn about the rise and fall of San Diego’s Italian population, your tour continues past the maritime history museum, the USS Midway, and into beautiful Seaport Village. You also get to travel past Horton Plaza which just begs be visited again after the tour ends. After Horton Plaza you make your way into the heart of San Diego, with a quick loop around the Home of San Diego Padres, and into the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, which after its reinvention is MUCH more family friendly then it used to be. As you leave the Gaslamp Quarter you will enter Banker’s Hill with is unique shops, also borders the always beautiful Balboa Park.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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San Diego Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Diego Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Learn about San Diego while joining your friends or family for a scavenger hunt on this 2.5-hour self-guided game in Balboa Park. Combine the fun of the Amazing Race with the information of a 3-hour walking tour as your team uses your own smart phones to play the scavenger hunt. Solve the clues and complete challenges as you make your way among well-known and hidden parts of Balboa Park during the scavenger hunt—an ideal choice for families, friends, or work colleagues visiting San Diego.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.34
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San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

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Explore San Diego by Segway on this comprehensive tour. Led by a local guide, learn about the city’s major landmarks and history while passing top attractions like Balboa Park, the USS 'San Diego' Memorial, Petco Park and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Snacks and beverages are included along the way, as well as a brief safety session to ensure that you feel completely comfortable hitting the streets on your Segway.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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Private San Diego Segway Fanatic Tour
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Private San Diego Segway Fanatic Tour

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Explore San Diego on a private Segway tour, providing the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still enjoy the fresh Southern California air. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise along the San Diego Embarcadero, and see interesting sights along the waterfront. Check out areas like Little Italy and Balboa Park, and glide through the popular Gaslamp Quarter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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2Hr GPS Self Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

2Hr GPS Self Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

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For a fun twist on the typical San Diego tour, first-time visitors shouldn't miss this GPS guided scooter excursion, where you can visit the city's top attractions, all while soaking up the fantastic weather. Just hop on your scooter, start cruising through the city, and feel the wind in your hair as you pass top sights. Highlights include Balboa Park, the Maritime Museum, and even the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.56
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An Exhilarating Beach Family Photo Session!

An Exhilarating Beach Family Photo Session!

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Want to hear a SWEET Fact? This is Your family's BEST opportunity for a fresh portrait because everyone is finally in the same place at the same time and having lots of fun! San Diego Vacation photography is two award-winning photographers Shawn and Caryn who care that you have the best, most beautiful, frame worthy images. Our clients love us because they can trust us to deliver precious memories of their children and family! Book or Call Us today for more information and don't miss out!
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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.