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Balboa Park

Explore Art, History & Nature at the Lush Green Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

Watch mind-blowing exhibits in Museum of Man or attend educative workshops on different species of flora and fauna at the San Diego Natural History Museum - the Balboa Park in downtown San Diego has it all. Housing 15 great museums and San Diego's top attraction the Zoo, this 1,200-acre lush green estate is the ultimate destination of fun and excitement for the entire family.

Watch sprawling architectural wonders and natural biodiversity on the park's Explorer tours. The place is also a hub for performing art exhibits and cultural festivals. Don't forget to collect your souvenirs from the shops inside the campus.
Balboa Park of Diamond Head Inn

Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101
Distance from Hotel: 11 miles

Hours & Prices

Prices and hours may vary.

Events & Activities


  • Park Tours
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Historical Exhibits
  • Performing Art Shows
  • Zoo Attractions


  • Nature & History Workshops
  • Adventure
  • Group Activities
  • Dining

What is included in the balboa park explorer pass?

The Balboa Park Explorer Pass is the best opportunity to get the real experience of 1200 acres’ worth of history, art and nature. With this pass, you can save more than 50% on general admissions to any venue inside the park as well as get access to dinosaurs exhibits, miniature trains, motorcycles and performing art shows. The pass comes in four varieties, with a starting range from $48 per adult.

what are the parking options in balboa park san diego?

Parking inside the Balboa Park complex is free. There are small parking lots throughout the park but the biggest one is the Inspiration Point parking lot, on the east side of Park Boulevard. These parking lots also feature charging stations for electric cars.