Dive into California’s natural world with The Nat’s immersive and hands-on exhibitions, admire Mingei’s “art of the people” collection from functional to whimsical, chug along these recreations of San Diego trains, trestles, and tracks at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, or immerse your family in Shakespeare at one of the Old Globe’s annual productions.
San Diego Natural History Museum (theNat)
Explore the natural wonders, both past and present of Southern CaliforniaExplore
Mingei International Museum
Sharing human creativity through folk art, craft, and design.Explore
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Climb aboard and appreciate the wonders of beautifully engineered imagination.Explore
The Old Globe
Enjoy awarding-winning theatre featuring productions from all periods and styles.Explore
Take a ride on the Park’s carousel, which features beautifully painted panels and fanciful designs, tour one of San Diego’s most iconic historical landmarks, and take in breathtaking views of San Diego from the California Tower at the Museum of Us, spend a day learning about many incredible creatures and exploring their habitats at the San Diego Zoo, or soak up the vibrant atmosphere and discover this thriving community of local artisans at the Spanish Village Art Center.
A soaring icon of San Diego overlooking Balboa Park.Explore
San Diego Zoo
A world-famous home to animals and global conservation programs.Explore
Spanish Village Art Center
A colorful village for art makers and lovers alike.Explore
Food & Drink
Devour delicious noodles or sushi while you sip on hot tea at the Tea Pavilion. Need something fast while you’re on the go? Craft Cafe offers daily grab-and-go breakfast and lunch, or grab some fare before or after watching an Old Globe production from Lady Carolyn’s Pub.
The Tea Pavilion
Appreciate delightful Japanese cuisine while taking in scenic views.Explore
Lady Carolyn’s Pub
Grab a drink or tasty treat before watching one of the Old Globe's spectacular performances.Explore
Parks, Trails & Gardens
Feeling competitive? Plan a game of lawn bowling with the family.
Have a picnic and relax while the kids play at Pepper Grove Playground.
Don’t forget to bring your fur family and play at Morley Field Dog Park, or explore the outdoors on one of the Park’s many hiking trails starting at Park Blvd. Trails Gateway.
Run and play on one of the many playgrounds located throughout Balboa ParkExplore
Come play at one of Balboa Park's recreational facilities!Explore
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From museums to musicals to Shakespeare under the stars, immerse yourself in all the arts, sciences, and history you can handle.