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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
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
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.
Deidre_J, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Segway is the best way to see Balboa Park
Marie_L, May 2022
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
We had such much fun!! Bridgette, our tour guide, was awesome. She was energetic and super knowledgeable. Balboa Park should be on everyone’s list when visiting San Diego. Seeing it by Segway made it extra fun. We loved it!!
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
Gorgeous day to Segway
Rose_P, Feb 2022
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
Great way to experience riding a Segway and to get an overview of Balboa park. Bridget is an experienced guide and ensured we were comfortable and safe. We took appropriate breaks—your feet do get tired!
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Be a local and a tourist all in one
Jeanie_K, Apr 2022
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
We weren’t sure what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised at how informative and fun it was for the whole family. The weather was fantastic and we learned so much more about San Diego then we ever did before, and we had been to San Diego many times before.
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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.
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Great Time
Michael_C, Apr 2022
GPS Talking GoCar 2HR Tour: Downtown & Balboa
I enjoyed the customer service. The attendant was polite and help throughout the entire process before the ride. Good experience and will recommend this place for others to try the place out.
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Fantastic walking tour!
Lorraine_S, Apr 2022
San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group Tour with Coffee
Our guide, Jennifer, was delightful and extremely knowledgeable. We learned the fascinating history of this magnificent park, as we soaked in the beauty of the architecture and landscaping. Following the tour we remained in the park and visited the Japanese Tea Garden, which was lovely.
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Visiting Hoosier
Jerry_F, Apr 2022
Platinum Balboa Park and Downtown Segway Tour
Fun and relaxing. Great way to experience the city. Tour guide provided a lot of history and information about this sites we visited.
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Jennifer was a wealth of...
Michael_F, Dec 2021
San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group 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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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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So much fun!!
Sarah_F, Mar 2022
Private Balboa Park Segway Tour
We had a great afternoon. Bridgette was a great teacher and guide. It was so much fun! Would highly recommend

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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