• Attractions

    Spreckels Organ Pavilion

    The Spreckels Organ is the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world and hosts free concerts every Sunday 2 p.m. as well as an array of other special performances.

    California Tower

    The California Tower, which is part of the Museum of Us, was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and is one of San Diego’s most iconic structures.

    Balboa Park Carousel

    End your tour at the Balboa Park Carousel, one of a handful of carousels left in the U.S. that lets riders take part in the traditional competition to catch a brass ring as the carousel turns. Can you catch the ring?

    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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    California Tower view from the Alcazar Garden.

    California Tower

    A soaring icon of San Diego overlooking Balboa Park.

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    Adult and child riding on a camel on a carousel

    Carousel

    A rare chance to ride an original menagerie carousel.

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  • Parks, Gardens, and Trails

    Botanical Building and Lily Pond

    The Botanical Building with the Lily Pond and Lagoon in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park. Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. It is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and will reopen in late 2023.

    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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  • Performing Arts

    San Diego Junior Theatre

    Take in a show by the San Diego Junior Theatre, the country’s oldest, continuing children’s theatre program. The program has been running since 1948 and its alumni include stars such as Dennis Hopper and Raquel Welch.

    A group of young performers in costume performing a scene from Goodnight Mood.

    San Diego Junior Theatre

    Enhancing children's lives through innovative, high-quality theatre education and production.

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  • Museums

    San Diego Natural History Museum

    Visit the San Diego Natural History Museum, the oldest scientific institution in southern California, and the third oldest on this side of the Mississippi River.

    Fleet Science Center

    Experience the join of science through hundreds of hands-on activities. The Fleet Science Center also houses the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater and its unique design makes you feel like you are part of the movie.

    San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Stop by the San Diego Air and Space Museum, home to the second-largest aerospace library in the country, after the Smithsonian. The Museum also boasts the only privately held low-speed aeronautical wind tunnel in the country.

    The San Diego Museum of Art

    Home to more than 20,000 objects from across the globe ranging in date from 3,000 B.C. to the present, the San Diego Museum of Art has something for everyone. Its permanent collection includes Spanish old master paintings from such artists as El Greco, Goya, Ribera, Sanchez Cotán, and Zurbarán as well as American, Asian, European, and Latin American art.

    Museum of Photographic Arts

    Get camera-ready for the Museum of Photographic Arts, one of the first museums in the U.S. to collect and present photographic art, spanning the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day.

    San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    The San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the largest accredited model railroad museum in North America. displays over 27,000 square feet of model railroad layouts portraying San Diego and surrounding areas.

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    San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)

    Explore the natural wonders, both past and present of Southern California

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    The front entrance to the Fleet Science Center building.

    Fleet Science Center

    Engaging science lovers of all ages.

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    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.

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    The entrance to the San Diego Museum of Art.

    The San Diego Museum of Art

    Cultivate your curiosity through great works of art.

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    The entrance of the Museum of Photograph Arts at the San Diego Museum of Art in the Casa del Balboa building.

    Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art

    Offering new perspectives on photography, film, and video.

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    Entrance to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. The entrance is a red painted wall with an arched glass windows and black framed glass doors.

    San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    Climb aboard and appreciate the wonders of beautifully engineered imagination.

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