Balboa Park, 1,200-acre urban cultural park, is one of North America's largest urban parks and attracts millions of visitors each year. The park was established in 1868 and was originally named City Park. It was renamed Balboa Park in 1910 in honor of the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Balboa Park houses over 15 museums. One of the famed ones that it houses are the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Art. The park is also home to the San Diego Zoo, one of the world's most famous and largest zoos. In addition to museums and the zoo, the park features beautiful gardens, performance spaces, and recreational areas.
The park also hosts various events throughout the year, including concerts, art shows, and cultural festivals. The most famous event is the annual December Nights, a two-day holiday celebration featuring music, food, and entertainment.
A: Some of the popular attractions in Balboa Park include San Diego Zoo, San Diego Natural History Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A: Admission to Balboa Park is free, but individual events may have their own admission fees.
A: The park is open 24 hours a day, but individual attractions have their own operating hours. It's best to check the attraction's website for specific hours.
A: Yes, there are several parking lots available throughout the park. Some of them are free while others charge a fee. It's recommended to arrive early, especially on weekends and holidays, to avoid crowded parking lot.
1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660