• Museums

    San Diego Museum of Art

    Best known for its collection of Spanish old master paintings, don’t miss the Museum’s collection of works by El Greco, Goya, Ribera, Sanchez Cotan and more.

    Fleet Science Center

    Catch one of the latest film releases at the Fleet’s iconic Heikoff Giant Dome Theater specially designed to create an immersive experience.

    San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Take in the history of flight at the San Diego Air and Space Museum where you will find an impressive collection of aircraft and space-age technology.

    Comic-Con Museum

    If pop culture and art are more your jam, the Comic-Con Museum offers rotating exhibits on comics, film, science fiction, and fantasy genres. Movie screenings, trivia contests, and hands-on workshops offer visitors an interactive and engaging experience.

    The entrance to the San Diego Museum of Art.

    The San Diego Museum of Art

    Cultivate your curiosity through great works of art.

    The front entrance to the Fleet Science Center building.

    Fleet Science Center

    Engaging science lovers of all ages.

    Visitors walking into the entrance of the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    San Diego Air and Space Museum

    Examine the intersection of science, space, and aviation history.

    The front of the Comic-Con Museum building with archtectural detailings on the entrance that were influenced by the Palace of the Governor in Uxmal, Yucatan.

    Comic-Con Museum

    Capturing the magic of Comic-Con all year round.

  • Parks, Gardens, and Trails

    Botanical Building and Lily Pond (Free)

    A beloved icon of Balboa Park, the Botanical Building and Lily Pond offer a tropical oasis that provides relief amongst the rich architecture of the Park.

    Japanese Friendship Garden (Paid)

    Find your zen amongst the cherry tree groves, large azalea and camellia garden, and a water feature reminiscent of the San Diego watershed in this traditional Japanese garden.

    San Diego Museum of Art Sculpture Garden (Free)

    Stroll through the San Diego Museum of Art’s May S. Marcy Court & Sculpture Garden.

    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.

    A diverse group of adults waiting in line at the entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden. A brown and white structure and trees are in the background.

    Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum

    An immersive experience of Japanese gardens and culture.

  • Food & Drink

    The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden

    Enjoy a variety of teas from the Tea Pavilion on your way to your next destination.

    Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art

    Walk up anytime to Panama 66 for some food and drinks or enjoy live music with cocktails in the evenings.

    The Prado

    Looking for something a little more upscale? The Prado offers charming indoor and outdoor dining with a unique decor.

    Front entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden's Tea Pavilion. The building is beige with brown trim and a roof.

    The Tea Pavilion

    Appreciate delightful Japanese cuisine while taking in scenic views.

    Detailed metal door entrance to Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art. The bar and California Tower can be seen in the background.

    Panama 66 at The San Diego Museum of Art

    Draft beer, craft cocktails and locally sourced food. Entertainment varies throughout the week.

  • Attractions

    Spanish Village Art Center (Free)

    Appreciate the color and artistic atmosphere of Spanish Village where you can grab a coffee and see artists at work in their studios.

    California Tower at the Museum of Us (Paid)

    Venture up the Tower stairs for this unforgettable view of San Diego from the top.

    Balboa Park Carousel (Paid)

    Take a spin on one of the few remaining brass ring games on carousels in North America.

    Cabrillo Bridge (Free)

    Access the park or just enjoy the views by driving, biking or walking across this historic bridge into Balboa Park.

    Spreckels Organ Pavillion

    Bring a picnic and enjoy performances of classical and contemporary music every Sunday at 2 p.m.

    A multi-color tiled sign on a building that says Spanish Village Art Center.

    Spanish Village Art Center

    A colorful village for art makers and lovers alike.

    California Tower view from the Alcazar Garden.

    California Tower

    A soaring icon of San Diego overlooking Balboa Park.

    Adult and child riding on a camel on a carousel


    A rare chance to ride an original menagerie carousel.

    A view of the Cabrillo Bridge and California Tower.

    Cabrillo Bridge

    The most famous entrance to the Park's cultural district.

    A diverse crowd of people sitting in the stands at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

    Spreckels Organ Pavilion

    Home to the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world.


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