San Diego’s Balboa Park is teeming not just with green spaces but also with arts and culture. It’s a different kind of park I’ve been to before. While New York City’s Central Park boasts its size in the middle of Manhattan, Balboa Park is a public space for architecture, museums, gardens, sculptures, performances, outdoor installations and many more.
Beaches come to mind when visiting San Diego. I can’t blame you—–their sunsets are breathtakingly stunning, too! And if you’re into hot guys, the surfers are there to test your libido. Hahahaha! It’s best to be there in late afternoon when they’re either shirtless or clad in their body fit wet suits.
Ok, let’s talk about Balboa Park now. 😉
San Diego is pretty hot in summer. So, you better start exploring the park in the morning. Should you need to avoid the sun, there are shades everywhere. The park is huge–and if you’re up for walking around, be sure to wear a comfy pair of shoes. If not, there’s a trolley that goes around. You can hop on and off to places of interests inside the park.
Museums and some performing arts in the park don’t come cheap though. The prices aren’t really backpacker-friendly. So, if you’re in a budget, choose one or two museums. In summer, some outdoor performances are free.
Tips for Saving:
If you’re going on a trip to Southern California, you better buy the Southern California CityPass. It’s way cheaper than buying tickets in each attraction. The ticket gets you to Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure, Sea World San Diego and Legoland California. You can also have an add on to either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Safari Park.
Here are some of the things to do and see inside Balboa Park in San Diego.
The Museum of Man has a stunning architecture.
The fountain in front of San Diego Museum of Art is the centre of the Balboa Park.
Don’t forget to take a selfie at the reflecting pool in front of the Botanical Garden Building.
The Casa del Prado Theater is a must see for architecture lovers. Its exterior ornamentation is mind-blowing! I was super impressed.
Casa del Balboa is equally-amzing, too!
Arches and columns like these are everywhere in the park.
Balboa Park is very photogenic!
The wishing well. Got a spare coin?
This is a really cool and colourful outdoor sculpture in front of another museum.
Here’s another intricate exterior of an ancient building.
The Air and Space Museum is something for both kids and adults to enjoy!
Don’t forget to find peace and quite at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Catch a summer concert or performances at the Organ Pavilion in summer—for free!
The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages are kinda boring. 😉