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Balboa Park - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

San Diego, CA, USA

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About Balboa Park

1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Attractions Near Balboa Park

Spanish Village Art Center
Spanish Village Art Center0.29km from Balboa Park

A wonderful art centre located in San Diego's Balboa Park, in the U.S. state of California. Located between the Zoo and theNAT these quaint buildings and colorful courtyard were originally built in 1935. They depicted a charming old village in Spain for the second California Pacific International Exposition. Over the last 60+ years, San Diego artists have continued to preserve and enhance this historical landmark by adding to its beauty.

San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum0.33km from Balboa Park

The museum located in Balboa Park. It was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History. It is the second oldest scientific institution west of the Mississippi and the oldest in Southern California.

Fleet Science Center
Fleet Science Center0.43km from Balboa Park

The Fleet Science Center is a science museum and planetarium in Balboa Park, located in San Diego, established in 1973. It was the first science museum to combine interactive science exhibits with a planetarium and an IMAX Dome theater, setting the standard that most major science museums follow today.

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo0.44km from Balboa Park

With over 4 million visitors, San Diego Zoo is the most visited zoo in the United States. Housing more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies, San Diego Zoo was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats.

Botanical Building
Botanical Building0.47km from Balboa Park

The Botanical Building is an historic building located in San Diego's Balboa Park. Built for the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition, it remains one of the largest lath structures in the world.

Museum of Photographic Arts
Museum of Photographic Arts0.51km from Balboa Park

This is one of the only museums in the country dedicated exclusively to the photographic arts, presenting work by some of the world's most celebrated photographers and cinematographers. Its mission is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.

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California's second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. San Diego County has more than 70 miles (110 km) of coastline. This forms the most densely populated region of the county.