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Explore the 13th Best Park in the World – Balboa Park

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Are you looking to spend a day, or a week, strolling through some of the largest museums of their kind in the nation, lounging around flower gardens, and maybe catch a theatre performance or two? You can enjoy your time with all of these activities at Balboa Park, located a few minutes north of downtown San Diego.

The Project for Public Spaces rates Balboa Park as the 13th Best Park in the World. It is home to the San Diego Zoo, art museums, science and space museums, the nation’s largest multisport museum, and the longest running Shakespeare Festival in the U.S., where Queen Elizabeth was on hand for the dedication of a statue in Shakespeare’s honor when she vacationed in San Diego.

Follow in the footsteps of royalty. Come spend your vacation in San Diego and explore one of the best parks in the world. Start clicking on each of the slideshow pictures above or read the Balboa Park description to start finding what is in Balboa Park!

Balboa Park Museums and Attractions

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Park and Gardens are always open; Many Museums are Open Daily, including Holidays

Cost: Parking is Free; Most Museums offer Discounts for Seniors, Students, and Military.

Features: Home to the San Diego Zoo, 15 Museums, 7 Performing Arts Theatres, 4 Cultural Centers, IMAX Globe Theater, Antique Carousel, Miniature Railroad, and Countless Gardens.

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The World-Famous San Diego Zoo

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Entrance allowed 9AM – 4PM (8PM during Summer)

Cost: $46 ($36 for Kids ages 3-11; Discounts available)

Features: World Famous; 4,000 Animals on 100 Acres; 700,000 Exotic Plants; Pandas; Koalas

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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: Generally open 9:30AM -  8PM Summer & Weekends (5PM on Winter Weekdays)

Cost: $13 ($11 for Kids ages 3-12 and $12 for Seniors 65+); Additional Cost for IMAX Movies

Features: Over 100 Hands-on Science Exhibits, Southern California’s only IMAX Dome Theater, Planetarium, Simulator Ride.

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San Diego Natural History Museum

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Cost: $17 ($11 for Kids ages 3-12 and $15 for Seniors 62+)

Features: Dinosaur and Mastodon Artifacts; Over 8.2 Million Artifacts in all; World Class Visiting Exhibitions; Giant Movie Screen for Enjoying Nature Films.

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 11AM – 4PM (5PM on Weekends). Closed on Mondays.

Cost: $8 ($1 for Kids 6-14, $6 for Seniors 65+, $3 for Students, and $4 for Military)

Features: World’s Largest Indoor Model Railroad Display

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Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM. Closed on Mondays.

Cost: $5 ($4 for Veterans and 65+, $2 for Students with I.D.)

Features: Extensive Collection of Stories and Artifacts from Military Conflicts; Represents Veterans from the Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Force.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4:30PM (Must enter by 4PM). Open until 5:30PM during Summer. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cost: $18 ($7 for Kids ages 3-11 and $15 for Seniors, Military, Students)

Features: One of the Nation’s Best Aerospace Museums; San Diego has the Richest Aviation History in the World

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San Diego Museum of Art

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM. (Opens at 12PM on Sundays; Stays Open Until 9PM on Thursdays through Labor Day.) Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Cost: $12 ($4.50 for Kids ages 6-17 and $9 for Seniors 65+)

Features: Paintings from Old World Masters; Popular Works from French Impressionists; Largest Collection of South Asian Art in America; Numerous Exhibitions available at the Museum and Online.

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Timken Museum of Art

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4:30PM. (Opens at 1:30PM on Sundays). Closed on Mondays and Holidays.

Cost: Free

Features: World-Class Collection from European Masters (especially Dutch and Flemish), American Art, and Russian Icons; One of the Great Small Museums of the World

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San Diego Museum of Man

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 5PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Cost: $12.50 ($6 for Kids ages 3 – 12, $8 for Students, $10 for Seniors and Military)

Features: Anthropology Museum Famous for its Galleries covering 4 Million Years of Human Evolution; a Children’s Discovery Center; Ancient Egyptian Exhibition; Extensive Collection of Pre-Columbian Artifacts.

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Mingei International Museum

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM. Closed on Mondays and National Holidays.

Cost: $8 ($5 for Kids ages 6-17 and $5 for Seniors)

Features: Art of the People. Look at art made by man from 3rd Century BCE to current times.

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