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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
$69.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Segway Advenutures
Hugh was amazing. I have lots of anxiety and he patiently helped me get acclimated to the Segway. Great experience!
Jacqueline_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Jennifer was a wealth of...
Michael_F, Dec 2021
Balboa Park Highlights Tour with Coffee
Jennifer was a wealth of knowledge in the history of Balboa Park. As east coasters is was interesting to see the “Smithsonian of the west.” We enjoyed getting to learn more about San Diego with this tour.
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Best Tour in San Diego
Steve_T, Nov 2021
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
Brigette was a great guide, informative and fun. Took us to places we did not know existed in Balboa Park, even though we had been there before. We highly recommend Bridgette and her company.
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Fun, exhilarating & interesting
Nancy_G, Aug 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Hugh led us through the streets of San Diego and Balboa park while sharing interesting stories and tips. It was a pleasure to experience SD combined with the fun of riding the Segway. Highly recommended!
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Self Paced Guided Tour
Vincent_T, Sep 2021
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
We loved being able to drive and experience San Diego at our own pace. We loved the talking feature on the points if interest. The Gas Lamp Distict and Old Town experiences were great!
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Really enjoyed Jennifer...
Rhiannon_W, Sep 2021
Balboa Park Highlights Tour with Coffee
Really enjoyed Jennifer and her expertise. Her knowledge of the park and its history was wonderful. The coffee was quite delicious
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Segway fun!
Michelle_L, Jul 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Hugh was our Segway tour guide through downtown San Diego and Balboa Park, it was amazing! There were four of us in our group and none of us had ever ridden a Segway before. Hugh made us feel comfortable, relaxed, individual training-brief, but thorough. Total group was 16, it was so much fun! I’ll be looking for your Segway tours in our travels! Thanks Hugh!
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Very entertaining worth the money
Ralph_R, Aug 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Very fun trip he was a great guide very good way to see a lot of the city and the park Very easy to ride and learn the wife loved it and got to meet other people who enjoyed it too
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Best time ever!
Denay_H, Jul 2021
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Best time ever! Best way to see Balboa Park. Can’t wait to do it again. Our tour guide, Hugh, made the experience even better. I will recommend this tour to everyone I know.
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Lovely and informative!
Jennifer_G, Jul 2021
Balboa Park Highlights Tour with Coffee
Our tour with Jennifer was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. She was a wealth of knowledge on the history of Balboa park, and pointed out things we wouldn't have otherwise noticed or known about. What a great jumping off point for planning future visits to Balboa as well!
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Fun Time in Balboa Park!
Heather_C, Sep 2019
San Diego Balboa Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure
We had so much fun doing this scavenger hunt! The locations are interesting, the challenges are creative and fun, and the little notes are very helpful regarding restrooms and refreshment options. Thank you for helping us have a great morning at Balboa Park!
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Family fun
Lisa_R, Jun 2021
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
Loved Brigitte. Great personality and especially good with teenagers who might try to test the boundaries. My kids also loved her and thought the tour was “cool”.
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Great Attraction
Tondalaya_B, May 2021
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
Fantastic!!!!! My husband and I absolutely love it .The tour of parts of San Diego were very informative. From the check in to checkout the staff was very friendly and informative I would highly recommend GO CARS TOURS!!!!!

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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