Balboa park is a cultural oasis that includes 17 museums, gardens galore and the worldfamous san diego zoo. Museums featuring worldrenowned collections of art, artifacts and moresan diego history, photography. At 1,200 acres, balboa park is one of north americas most iconic urban parks and a must see on any visit to san diego. The park itself is free, but most of the museums charge a fee. Jun 27, 2016 balboa park is an awesome place to go most anytime. Theres always something new to see, do, or discover here. All unused oneday, multiday, and combo passes will be honored once the museums reopen. Purchase of a balboa park explorer pass does not qualify as a paid adult admission for the kids free in october program.
Balboa park museums san diego, usa attractions lonely planet. Additional sponsorship provided by tatiana and robert dotson, lisa and charles hellerich, janice and. Introducing the balboa park explorer, the firstever park pass that provides a year of unlimited general admission to 17 cultural institutions, all within walking distance of each other in san diegos beautiful and historic balboa park. Balboa park was originally built to host the panama california exposition of 1915, celebrating the opening of the panama canal. Balboa park is an important destination for a tremendous number of tourists as well as local residents who all enjoy the many concerts, museums, education al activities, and stunning landscapes and architecture. This map shows streets, roads, rstrooms, food, parking, tram stops, gardens, museums, points of interest, tourist attractions and sightseeings in balboa park. With balboa park explorer, you have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the worldfamous san diego zoo.
There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and. All attractions are easily walkable, or jump aboard the park s tram to whizz around. Balboa park printable map balboa park tram free balboa park trams run daily, 9am 6 pm, from parking areas at inspiration point lot, palisades lot and federal lot. Balboa park tram free balboa park trams run daily, 9am 6 pm, from parking areas at. Balboa parks mingei museum now set to reopen in early 2021. The san diego museum of man is suspending its participation in residents free days effective immediately in response to guidelines set forth by governor gavin newsom, the california department of public health, and the san diego county public health officer. Pictures and video that will inspire your own travel photography adventure. Balboa park contains museums, gardens, attractions, and venues. Balboa park is the largest urban cultural park in the united states.
Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only and charge admission to special exhibitions, showings and events. Now, with the help of the city of san diego, cci is in the process of converting the 1935 federal building into what is planned to be a worldclass museum by day, and a very unique fan. From local san diego history, to the history of flight, trains, or automobiles, to the workmanship of the old masters, and the arts, crafts, and culture of people near and far, recent and historical. Balboa park is one of the best places for families to visit in san diego, california. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the federal council on the arts and the humanities.
Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only and charge admission to special exhibitions, attractions, films. There are eating areas restaurants and snack bar areas. Effective monday, march 16, museums in balboa park will be closed and regular explorer sales will be suspended until further notice. Free in balboa park 21 things for families in san diego. The first thing i ever noticed about balboa park the first time i went was the architecture of some of the museums, especially the museum of man building. Find more information on events and amenities in balboa park, visit the balboa park website at.
Balboa park club 22 casa del prado 15 hall of nations 19 municipal gym 27 e ors center food ooms rking m op garden op and ekiosk n central mesa. In fact, it could take you a week to visit just the museums. Best deal for families of 2 or more up to 2 adults and 4 children. Balboa park is home to a host of museums and cultural institutions that provide an enriching and encompassing look at the human experience from multiple points of views. Larger than new yorks central park and chicagos millennium park combined, san diegos balboa park comprises 1,200 acres of urban green space with 16 museums, 65 miles of trails, and of course, the internationally renowned san diego zoo. Expedia s collection of beautiful photos and images from destinations all around the world.
With the balboa park explorer program, you have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural and artistic. This building, originally build for the worlds fair in the 20s i think is so ornate. With so many permanent and touring exhibits in the park, one day is just not enough. The park was not intended to be permanent, but citizens rallied to preserve it.
The majority of the above documents are in pdf format and must be viewed with adobe. In order to take advantage of the ability to create and download sets, groupings of collection images and text, you must create and account and provide a username, email address. Bpoc assists organizations with it, website and mobile development, network infrastructure, digitization, and online collections access. Follow the stops below to find fun, food, and more perfect for the 12 and under crowd. Multiday explorer pass good for one admission to each of the 16 participating. The balboa park explorer website recently underwent maintenance. If youre making a day or week of it, check out the multiday balboa park explorer pass that gets you discounted admission to 17 museums and activities in balboa park the pass includes entry to the san diego zoo zoo ticket includes oneday admission, guided bus tour and skyfari aerial tram. Dating back to the early 19th century, balboa is one of the oldest public parks in the nation. Download the museum annual report for 2014 in pdf format. Miniature miles of railroad track are perfect for an awesome. Annual passes back copyright 2020 balboa park cultural partnership, all rights reserved.
The san diego museum of man is suspending its participation in residents free days effective immediately in response to guidelines set forth by governor gavin newsom, the california department of public health. Buildings museums 1 balboa park visitors center the prado restaurant house of hospitality 2 museum of photographic arts san diego history center san diego model railroad museum 3 reuben h. The explorer pass gives you access to all the museums, making your. Thank you for your interest in a balboa park explorer pass. Balboa park is the perfect escape for families looking for endless activities or couples searching for romantic things to do together. While open all year round, february is museum month and a great time for special deals and extended hours. Parking can be an issue, but you can park across the street and take a shuttle over to the park. Jul 30, 2018 balboa park the museums, not the actual park is a great pace of both adults and families with children. All aboard for our first stop at the san diego model railroad museum. There are a variety of gardens, museums, cultural spots, theaters, playgrounds and walking trails in this 1200 acre park. Our museum doors may be closed, but our work will not stop.
Debuting in the spring of 2014, the balboa park explorer program is an unprecedented collaboration among park organizations to meet the demand for annual pass access to the 16 spectacular museums in san diegos beloved balboa park. Together we achieve greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of balboa park. Balboa park san diego 2020 all you need to know before. Balboa park allows visitors to explore many unique museums e. Balboa park boasts 17 museums and cultural institutions, with an incredible diversity of collections. Home to fifteen museums, performing art venues, and gardens, all of these institutions at balboa park have renowned exhibits, libraries, programs and educational. The park is a wonderful blend of museums, art, ornate architecture, fountains, and a lily pond. For information about how to obtain a permit, visit the general park use permits and applications page.
Considered the cultural heart of san diego, balboa park is already home to numerous museums, galleries and theaters along with the famous san diego zoo. Balboa park south palisades plaza project parks and recreation department august 1, 2019. From january to december 2017, the social stories spectrum project provided a structured opportunity for highfunctioning verbal young adults ages 1825 with an autism spectrum disorder asd to meet up with their peers and practice social skills, participate in organized trips to seven museums in balboa park, and work together to create social stories for the museums visited. Balboa park tv is a onestop portal for video content with activities, fun facts, historical footage, and more represented by over 20 balboa park venues, including the fleet science center, san diego air and space museum, and the san diego natural history museum. Park with these printable coloring pages from the balboa park sustainability program, part of the balboa. Balboa park is an urban cultural park located in downtown san diego, california, usa. Classic cars and neon gas station signs dot the automotive museum, san diego, california.
Balboa park is an awesome place to go most anytime. A century later, it remains one of san diegos most beloved destinations. Permit sites map balboa park facilities map pdf for more information about balboa park museums, gardens and other attractions, select a facility or location on the map or links below. If youre tired of saying this or hearing it come to balboa park. Balboa park museums san diego, usa attractions lonely. Balboa park is one of san diegos top attractionstheres so much to see within its 1,200 acres of theaters, gardens, zoological gardens and assorted other attractions that theres no way you could see it all in one day. Balboa park map for pdf ucce san diego county master. Departing every 10 to 12 minutes, they follow a loop route through the. Here is our list of the 5 mustsee museums in the park.
Using the balboa park map, follow the clues and riddl es to learn even more about the park, its important building s, museums, and institutions. Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only and charge admission to special exhibitions, attractions, films, showings and events. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Park museums offer free general admission on a rotating basis throughout each month to residents of the city and county of san diego, and to active military personnel and and their dependents. Residents free days san diego museum of man balboa park. Balboa park san diego 2020 what to know before you go. The passport to balboa park is the best way to do this. The balboa park online collaborative and the museums and cultural institutions are committed to protecting your privacy when you visit the balboa park commons website. Balboa park is a 1,200acre 490 ha urban cultural park in san diego, california, united states. Balboa park boasts 17 museums and cultural institutions with an incredible diversity of collections.
The kiosks only accept visa, mastercard and discover. A confirmation receipt and passes have been emailed to you. Purchase of a go san diego pass or card does not qualify as a paid adult admission for the kids free in october program at most museums. Balboa park multiday explorer passport offers one admission to each of the 17 museums or attractions, good for seven consecutive days. From museums to concerts, sprawling trails to wild zoo adventures, youre bound to find something entertaining at balboa park. In the interest of public safety the museum temporarily closed on march 16. All attractions are easily walkable, or jump aboard the park s tram to whizz around them all at speed. Activities to do from home san diego natural history.
The balboa park cultural partnership serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 29 arts, science, and cultural institutions in balboa park. Dinosaurs, miniature trains, motorcycles, famous art and more. The japanese garden has a nice outside eating area and the food was very good. May 16, 2018 balboa park is one of the best places for families to visit in san diego, california.
Balboa park is filled with a variety of things to do. Then the multiday pass makes the most sense, offering admission to each of the 16 participating balboa park museums over seven consecutive days. Effective monday, march 16, museums in balboa park will be closed and new explorer sales will be suspended until further notice. One day explorer pass good for one admission to five museums in one day. Balboa park museums san diego museums in historic balboa. Permit sites map balboa park facilities map pdf for more information about balboa park museums, gardens and other attractions, select a facility or location. This 1,200acre recreation and cultural center is one of americas oldest city parks and boasts 17 museums. With the balboa park explorer, you can experience exciting new things every day, any day of the year, in one of the best urban parks in the country. Balboa park explorer passes provide guests with several options to optimize their balboa park.
Balboa park serves as an economic engine for the city, enhances. Save up to 55% off retail prices on admission to over 40 top attractions and activities for one low price. Frequently asked questions faq for balboa park explorer. The balboa park online collaborative bpoc addresses common technological problems among 27 arts and culture organizations within san diegos balboa park. To purchase explorer passes with cash, please visit the balboa park visitors center. Where culture, science, and nature collide, balboa park is home to more than 16 museums, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions, including the san diego zoo. Each hidden treasure will have a map number listed to help you narrow down your search. Experience san diegos balboa park at home with new balboa.
Some museums may limit coupon use to once per month per guest. The explorer office is continuing operations remotely and representatives are available 7 days a week, 9. Balboa park, a short drive from away from the hillcrests hustle and bustle, offers a slew of worldclass museums for all tastes. Balboa park benefits study 2017 balboa park conservancy.281 39 1196 820 118 182 815 772 1354 1437 831 1434 1365 593 1357 607 1386 850 1375 846 464 724 1249 1170 173 233 16 1203 920 960 1232 1072 583 29 1068 1091 13 314