Balboa Park is the country’s largest urban cultural park where you’ll find the World Famous San Diego Zoo, lush gardens, 15 major museums, and so much more. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to find at Balboa Park:
There are museums to suit every interest at Balboa Park. From the Museum of Photographic Arts to the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Natural History Museum to the San Diego Hall of Champions, you could easily spend days exploring the museums of Balboa Park. Each of the museums are owned and operated by separate organizations, so they each have their own hours and admission prices. The Timken Museum of Art is always free, and generally open Tuesday – Sunday. Although a small museum, it houses some incredible art and is worth a visit.
Numerous groups perform at the highly acclaimed theatres found throughout Balboa Park. The most popular is The Old Globe, which is home to three separate and unique venues which produce a combined 15 plays and musicals each year. Also noteworthy is the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world. Enjoy a longstanding San Diego tradition with free organ concerts each Sunday at 2pm, which have been performed weekly since 1917.
Roses, cacti, lily ponds, and herbs, plants native to California and plants from around the world can all be found in Balboa Park. Most of the gardens at Balboa Park are free to the public and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are a few exceptions, so if there’s a specific garden that you’d like to visit, be sure to check Balboa Park’s schedule before planning your trip. You’ll definitely want to keep your camera handy, because the gardens of Balboa Park provide stunning photos year round.
Be sure to allow enough time in your schedule to make Balboa Park part of your San Diego vacation!