Balboa Park in San Diego

Balboa Park is regarded as the largest urban cultural park in the United States. This 1,200 acre park was first established in 1835 as a public recreational area, and hosted the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Home to museums, gardens, the San Diego Zoo and performance arts venues this park offers 15 major attractions and miles of walking trails.

Although some of the attractions at Balboa Park require an admission fee, entrance to the park and access to the Botanical Building and the majority of gardens is free. Every Sunday, enjoy a free lawn program outside of the international cottages, and during the summer months you may enjoy outdoor concerts during the weekly Twilight in the Park event. If you are a resident of San Diego City and County, you may gain free access to all attractions on Tuesdays. Parking is available throughout the park at designated parking lots.

Along with its attractions, Balboa Park offers a total of 12 restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual cafes. Don’t worry about leaving your four-legged family member at home, as Balboa Park has three dog parks located throughout the park.

There are numerous hotels within walking and driving distance from the park. For convenience purposes, select a hotel within the Mission Valley, Hillcrest and Banker’s Hill areas.