It isn’t difficult to admit, San Diego trumps most cities in nearly every way. Forget the passé banter about the “best weather in the world,” San Diego delivers so much more than a deep sun tan. From countless hours of whale watching off the Pacific coasts to strolling through shores of endless beaches, San Diego’s tranquility is matched only by the murmurs of a cosmopolitan awakening.
And it’s happening: a walking tour through San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District will have you wining, dining and spa-treating your way through a day of refined urban indulgence. Balboa Park is its bustling cultural epicenter—and the second oldest urban park in the United States. What else is San Diego hiding behind its sunscreen? With a trip advisor, and pair of sunglasses, you’re about to discover all the best things to do in San Diego.
Welcome to Balboa Park: the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.
The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30am-4:30pm daily, the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice, and more.
Barry Aiken has celebrated this park in his album. At the late night Happy Hour in Balboa Park’s ‘Prado’ restaurant, Elliott Lawrence plays smooth jazz and you find more music in the Park.