Balboa Park is massive.

Naturally, I didn’t have time to see all of it but what I did see was wonderful. Balboa Park is a 1200 acre urban cultural park that includes the world-famous San Diego Zoo, is a vibrant arts and cultural hub with museums and galleries, has beautiful parkland and wonderful vegetation as far as the eye can see, and a handy walking track.

It’s free to wander through the park, and the sculpture park is a particular highlight (Barbara Hepworth sculpture!), but some exhibitions, galleries and activities have an entry price. During Summer months they host Balboa Park After Dark where the precinct lights up and hosts extra activities.

It’s easy to get to via bus from Downtown San Diego, but I recommend you take a couple of days to explore the area. One afternoon is only enough to give you a taste. Strap your best walking shoes on!

All photos were taken on a Samsung Galaxy S5 by little ol’ me.

Ross in front of an archway

Colourful bench in front of a vined archway

The open air auditorium

Architectural details of the open-air auditorium

Black succulent and green succulent

Barbara Hepworth statue

Henry Noble statue

Pond

Red leaves on a tree

Purple flowers with a bee on them

Purple succulent

Gargoyle fountain with central fitting

San Diego Museum of Modern Art

Entrance to the old Cathedral

Green and red succulent

Gargoyled fountain with fountains from the walls

White flowers with yellow in the background

 

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