Balboa Park

After hobnobbing with the four legged darlings, we exited the Zoo, turned right, and walked towards the other side of Balboa Park (we left the car parked in the Zoo parking lot, it is public parking).

It is a very beautiful park with a lot of Spanish influence.

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park’s site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. Today, Balboa Park is managed and maintained by the stewardship of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Diego. Named for the Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the park hosted the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition and 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition, both of which left architectural landmarks. The park and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. ~ Wikipedia

There is so much to see and experience here! At least 4 days worth of seeing and doing but all we had time for was a quick stroll which was lovely in itself.


Casa Del Prado Theater


Lovely porticoed walkways that connect all the buildings.


The California Bell Tower or The Museum of Man.


The California Bell Tower or The Museum of Man.


The Botanical Garden and The Globe Theater.

The Botanical garden is pretty and there was even a violin player playing pretty tunes. It was kinda romantic. Wish we had time to linger and listen to her play.

The Globe Theater is a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and has live performances through the year. You can buy tickets online based on the time of your visit.

Although the Museum of Man looks like a church, it is actually a museum and has always been a museum. It has some wonderful exhibits including  casts of original Mayan Stelae which are in better condition than their original counterparts and are studied by researchers. Although we did not visit any of the museums on this trip (there was no time :(), we did catch a glimpse of it through the rotunda. It looked really impressive.

There is also a Museum of Torture. I believe that is self explanatory. 😉

And the San Diego Museum of Art which focuses on Spanish artists like El Greco, Diego Velazquez, Francisco Goya, Ribera but hosts some impressionist painters too I believe.

From here, we backtracked and walked towards the other end of the park. There is a beautiful rose and cactus garden here with hundreds of varieties. At least, to my eyes they looked like hundreds of varieties. It was amazing!! We lingered here for a minute or two to smell he roses.


We had planned on spending time at the Spanish Art Village but it closes at 4:00 – 4:30 and since we were still in the Zoo, we had to forego that. But, there is always a next time, right? 😉


3 thoughts on “Balboa Park

  1. Another place that would clearly be delightful to visit. It’s been years since I got to visit San Diego, but I remember it as a lovely city altogether. Glad to ‘tour’ it with you vicariously, at least! 🙂

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