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Balboa Park – San Diego

One stop shopping is popular among busy travelers. If that defines you, then you’ll appreciate a venue that’s considered a one-stop attraction. One that includes entertainment, education, and activity. In San Diego, that would be Balboa Park.

With more than 1,000 acres, 15 museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations, as well as the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park offers something historical, horticultural, educational, and recreational for everyone. Displays of internationally significant art treasures, exotic animal species, unique model railroads, world folk art, sports memorabilia and rare aircraft are also on view in the park’s museums.

Bring the entire family to the park. Most of the venues offer areas specially designed for children. There are many family play and picnic areas, three leash-free dog parks, lawn bowling, canyon trails for hiking and a golf course. Don’t feel like packing a picnic? There are a variety of restaurants for all tastes and pocketbooks located throughout the park.

Gardeners and those who love horticulture will find the dozen-plus gardens a breath of fresh air and an introduction to large variety of plantings: Australian, cactus, Florida, desert, palm, rose and Japanese.

Balboa Park’s sports complex facilities include USTA awarded tennis courts, a velodrome (bicycle track) where masters world cup championships are held, a swimming pool, and a disc golf course.

And don’t worry about getting lost or struggling to find a parking place. Take the free red tram throughout the park. Every day and every 8 to 10 minutes, the tram will stop at Tram Central to pick up and drop off park visitors. The tram makes its way through the park, stopping at most of the park’s most popular destinations.

And your visit will not break your bank. The Passport to Balboa Park offers visitors the change to experience 14 museums in the park with savings of more than 50% and the convenience of a one-time purchase. The regular Passport is valid for seven consecutive days. Visit www.balboapark.org/parkpass for more information.