A visitor could spend multiple days in Balboa Park and still not experience all of its sights. With 17 museums and cultural institutions, beautiful gardens covering hundreds of acres, and the world famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park should be high on your list of things to do in San Diego.
The park offers a diverse variety of museums ranging from art to science to model railroads. In the art sector, the Mingei International Museum houses over 17,500 objects from 141 countries while the San Diego Museum of Art features art pieces from 5,000 BC to the present day. The Science Center, Air & Space Museum, and Natural History Museum will scratch your science itch while gearheads will appreciate the Automotive Museum and Model Railroad Museum.
With thousands of species of plants, Balboa Park boasts a wide array of curated landscaping from the Desert Garden to the Japanese Friendship Garden to the waterfalls of the Botanical Collection. With so many beautiful areas, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect picnic spot!
The award-winning San Diego Zoo has routinely been called the best zoo in the world. Spanning over 100 acres with over 3,700 animals, the zoo features a range of naturalistic habitats and bioclimate zones.
Ride the Hopper to Balboa Park for a perfect day in sunny San Diego!