An interior view of the municipal gym with a basketball court.

Recreation Activites

Come play at one of Balboa Park's recreational facilities!

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Three people walking up a dirt pathway surrounded by palm trees in Palm Canyon.

Palm Canyon

A tropical oasis containing more than 450 palms, including 58 species.

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Three people walking down a stone walled ramp into Zoro Garden.

Zoro Garden

A former nudist colony turned butterfly garden.

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A bronze statue of a WWII B-24 Liberator, a one-sixth scale replica with an 18′ wingspan, is the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial Garden, soaring over a reflecting pool.

Veterans Memorial Garden

A living memorial garden to honor men and women who served in the Armed Forces, the Coast Guard, and the Wartime Merchant Marine.

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Trees for Health Garden sign that states the garden has medicinal plants from around the world and is maintained by a team of volunteers, herbalists, gardeners, and herbal enthusiasts support by San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.

Trees for Health Garden

An educational garden for medicinal plants.

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A person putting together a floral display from the San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation.

San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation

A home for member floral and garden groups in Balboa Park.

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Two adults with a young child walking along a dirt path surrounded by a variety of cacti in the Kate O. Sessions Cactus Garden.

Kate O. Sessions Cactus Garden

Where you will find some of the largest cactus and succulent specimens in the Park.

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Several bushes with fully bloomed pink roses in front of a fountain in the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

A stunning display of approximately 1,600 roses, including more than 130 varieties.

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A person running on a cement pathway surrounded by yucca and other vegetation in the Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve.

Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve

A critical habitat for native wildlife.

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Wood fence entrance with colorful signs to the WorldBeat Center's Healing Peace garden.

Healing Peace Garden

An urban oasis featuring countless rare edible and medicinal plants with cultural significance.

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Yucca and other desert shrubs and plants surrounding a cement walkway in the Desert garden.

Desert Garden

Succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world.

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A red brick lined fountain in the center and two sets of red bricked stairs on the right and left hand side leading up to an outdoor patio with tables and red and purple umbrellas.

Casa del Rey Moro Garden

House of the Moorish King Garden

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California Native Plant Demonstration Area sign amongst plants and brush.

California Native Plant Garden

Home to drought-tolerant California native plants

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A view of the Balboa Park Botanical Building roof looking through the arch of a covered walkway.

Botanical Building and Lily Pond

One of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination in San Diego.

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Various different green and flowering trees in the Australian Garden.

Australian Garden

Home to Australian native plants that grow well in San Diego's similar climate

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Two adults holding hands while walking in Alcazar garden.

Alcazar Garden

Stroll through ornate fountains, exquisite turquoise blue, yellow, and green Moorish tiles, and a shady pergola.

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Pepper Grove playground where children are playing on large colorful play structures, slides, and swings.


Run and play on one of the many playgrounds located throughout Balboa Park

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A doberman pincher dog wearing a blue collar standing under trees at a fenced in dog park.

Dog Parks

Three different dog parks, including an off-leash park, for you and your furry friend to enjoy

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