Known as the largest urban park in the country, Balboa Park is home to over 15 major museums, performing arts venues, picturesque gardens, architectural marvels, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. This must-see attraction occupies a sprawling area of more than 1,200 acres, and is a few minutes away from downtown San Diego. Balboa Park is visited by approximately 14 million people a year, who all look forward to an enjoyable and educational trip.
If you’d like to live close to Balboa Park, there are plenty of available housing options located around the area. Choose from charming three-bedroom homes, beautiful custom homes, comfortable townhouses with luxurious features, and condos with a magnificent, panoramic view of San Diego.
The park is the heart of a historic area that also contains many of the city’s most well-established neighborhoods, including Cortez Hill and Downtown as well as Bankers Hill, Golden Hill, Hillcrest and North Park.
At Balboa Park, there’s something for everyone. With so many attractions and museums to visit, it’s a good idea to drop by the Visitors Center first, where you’ll find comprehensive information about the park’s many attractions and activities.
If you’re interested in knowing more about history and culture of other countries, there’s the World Beat Center, the Japanese Botanical Garden, the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and the Mingei Museum of International Folk Art. If you’re into performing arts, you can drop by The Old Globe, Civic Dance Arts, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, or the Starlight Theater and Starlight Bowl. Those looking to know more about the wonders of science can visit The San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Natural Museum, or the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.
Finally there’s the San Diego Zoo, one of Balboa Park’s most famous attractions. The San Diego Zoo is perfect for visitors all ages. Get to see over 4,000 animals that include truly magnificent creatures such as giant pandas, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, leopards, flamingos, and many more. Whether you take a guided bus tour or explore on foot, a visit to the San Diego Zoo is a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll truly enjoy.
Balboa Park is open 24 hours a day, and offers free admission to its grounds, the Botanical Building, outdoor gardens and several attractions. Visitors have the option of purchasing one day or multiple day Balboa Park Explorer Passes, which grants access to multiple museums and attractions at a discounted price. The Explorer Passes are available online, in participating museums, and at the Visitors Center.