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Balboa Park

Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101

The Basics

A visit to the park is included on most San Diego city sightseeing tours, and Segway tours are another popular way to explore Balboa. The central part of the park houses the renowned San Diego Zoo and its more than 3,000 animals. At the Museum of Man, part of the California Quadrangle and its distinctive arch, you can see Native American artifacts and other cultural archaeology exhibits. The San Diego Museum of Art displays a number of European works, and nearby sites include the Timken Museum of Art, the Botanical Building, the Natural History Museum, Alcazar Gardens, the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, and the Spanish Village Art Center. The east end of the park holds the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

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Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
$79.00 per adult
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This was our first time...
This was our first time ever being on a Segway, but the guide was a great teacher and had us off to the races quickly. The tour was great and we thoroughly enjoyed the Segways. I highly recommend taking a Segway tour if you get the chance.
Matthew_O, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

star-5
Excellent Overview of Balboa Park
Shelli_B, Jul 2022
Balboa Park Hidden Gems Tour
This was an amazing tour. Chris really knows the history of Balboa Park and brings it to life. We really enjoyed our time on this tour and highly recommend it. I’ve been going to San Diego for years and never knew how much there was at Balboa Park. This offers a great overview and then you can go back and spend more time on things you’re interested in. Chris also was willing to take pictures for us which was a huge plus for our family. We loved the tour
star-5
A MUST DO TOUR
Jodi_A, Jul 2022
Balboa Park Electric Scooter Tour with Pictures
Jesse was a superb guide! Very informative about all things in Balboa park and very attentive to of the needs of all participants. Jesse was most kind to my near 70 year old mom. She LOVED that she completed this trip and enjoyed it!
star-5
Great overview of Balboba Park
Janine_B, Jun 2022
The Private Balboa Park Tour
Judy told us so many things about the Balboa Park. Was a great experience to spent at least two hours in the park.
star-5
The little buggy that could.
Mark_H, Jul 2022
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
It was a lot of fun zipping around town in such a small vehicle. Kind of an adventure, easy to park and get out to take a few pics and that is a VERY big deal in San Diego. I highly recommend it.
star-5
Family Fun
Alma_M, Jul 2022
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
We had an amazing time. We felt very safe and at ease on how to use the segway, because of the one on one brief lesson on how to use and expect while driving them across town. The tour went great and would recommend to family and friends. Thank you for an amazing time.
star-5
Great Tour
Beth_B, Jun 2022
San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group Tour with Coffee
Our guide Jennifer was excellent -- professional and fun as advertised! Great history of the park with lots of fun facts. 😀
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We did the 2 hour GoCar...
MJ_L, Jun 2022
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
We did the 2 hour GoCar tour of San Diego. This was a fun and great way to see points of interest. I highly recommend. Thank you to the staff. Very nice and professional!
star-5
Have to try at least once!
Mark_S, May 2022
2 hr. Downtown and Balboa Tour in the GPS Guided Vanderhall GoCar
It was really awesome being my first time there. The staff was awesome and nice. The sevice was 5 star. Can't wait for my next trip back to take a different tour.
star-5
Great experience
Deidre_J, May 2022
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Beautiful views. Nice to be with a guide. Our guide was new to the city. The guide was great a stopping for pics with beautiful views and backgrounds.
star-5
Fun in the sun
Rachael_D, May 2022
2 Hour GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park
Being able to see so much of San Diego in a 2 hour ride. Feeling the breeze as we drove around and having music!
star-5
This was a great...
Amanda_M, Apr 2022
San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group Tour with Coffee
This was a great experience. The tour guide was friendly and knew a lot about the area. I would do this tour again.
star-5
Balboa Park tour Amazing
Robin_F, Mar 2022
Balboa Park Hidden Gems Tour
Out tour guide was amazing very knowledgeable about the park. Was good because then we figured out which other museums we wanted to go to at the park.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Explore the area on foot or use the free Balboa Park Tram, which loops continuously around the main areas of the park daily from 9am to 6 or 8pm.

  • Balboa Park is kid-friendly, with a miniature train, playgrounds, and play areas in most museums.

  • With so many options, it’s best to prioritize your desired stops in the park. You can pick up a park map at the Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality.

  • Free concerts on the Spreckels Organ are held every Sunday at 2pm, and on Monday evenings at 7:30pm from late June through August.

  • Eating options abound throughout the park. Be sure to check out the Prado for diverse cuisine and museum-inspired decor.

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How to Get There

Set in downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is easily reached by bus. By car, Park Boulevard provides easy access to the site’s free parking areas near most of the exhibits. The most scenic approach, however, is over the Cabrillo Bridge from the west—the steep roadsides, lush with hanging greenery, resemble a rain forest gorge.

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When to Get There

Balmy San Diego is famous for its year-round sunshine and mild climate. Balboa Park is open year-round and 24 hours a day, with the Visitors Center open from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The zoo, museums, and other attractions have varying opening hours.

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Things to Do Near Balboa Park

Although countless activities are available in Balboa Park, the location is an ideal base for seeing some of San Diego’s other top sights. The beaches of La Jolla, the charm of Old Town, and the bustle of the historic Gaslamp Quarter are just a short drive away.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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