The Balboa Park is one of the oldest and important recreational facility. Located in the city of San Diego California, this park has an impressive size of 1,200-acre (490 ha) and has many facilities like lavish gardens, properly maintained open space areas, walkways, museums, art galleries, gift shops, theaters, and world famous 'San Diego Zoo.' In other terms, Balboa Park is an urban cultural park of North America; It's a must for every traveler to step in this cultural oasis on any visit to San Diego. Historical honored, this park is around 150 years old, and is still doing well concerning tourism and maintaining its greenery.
Balboa Park – Men among park's clan
Visiting World's Biggest Zoo
Imagine, you are between the world's deadliest animals looking at you, carnivores, herbivores and other willing to come towards you, but thankfully, there is a wall of protection between you and them. This the kind of feeling which you will get after stepping in the zoo. The premises of this zoo holds many animals from different categories and surprises you by showcasing what nature has given to this planet. With entry charges of 54$/adult (12years+) and 44$/child (1-12years), one can visit it easily. I'll say it is a must of every animal lover and non-lover too to visit this zoo during your traveling expedition at San Diego.
There are more than 17 museums located inside Balboa Park. Tourists often enjoy visiting them, few of the very famous among them are 'San Diego Museum of Art', 'San Diego Air and Space Museum,' San Diego Museum of Men', San Diego's History Center.' Tourists like to visit these museums which reveal the history of their prospective titles. Majority of these museums are free to visit, but some of them have a charge.
Spanish Village Center Visit
Spanish Village is an art courtyard with 35+ art studios which hosts and showcases the beautiful work of more than 200 artists, selected through the jury. The artists are local painters, metalsmiths, jewelry designers, sculptors, clay artists, photographers, gourd artists, printmakers, fiber artists, basket weavers, glass artists, mixed-media artists and more. Placed between the San Diego Zoo and Natural History Museum, this village is an art village and is sheer love for art lovers.
How to Get Tickets?
Entering this park is completely free along with parking facility, for the zoo and other attractions there are systematic ticket booths available at the location. Also one can visit the official website of the park for better booking.
How To Get Around?
Most travelers prefer to visit the place by walking. As it's a park, there is no heavy traffic allowed inside. Though, cycles and light bikes can be used for traveling.
What Should I Wear?
One can choose anything from their wardrobe when visiting the park. There are no such restrictions over apparels. Most travelers prefer to wear tees, jackets, flip-flops, jeans, etc. sports shoes will do better here.
Best Time to Visit
One can visit the park anytime, but tourists prefer to walk in between March to May and from September to November.
Will I Need a Guide?
There is no such need to hire a guide for this park, only if you are willing to know about each monument and its history, then you can go for one.
How To Get There?
The park is located near Downtown and San Diego International Airport. There are many ways to get to the Park which includes, biking, walking, public transportation, and driving. Being located near downtown-San Diego, this park can be accessed from major freeways too.
It is free to enter and explore the Balboa Park. It remains open round the clock; there are some monuments and attractions like Zoo, Museums, etc. inside the premises where you have to buy tickets. Tickets may range from 8$ to 55$.