Balboa Park Museums/Galleries

National Historic Landmark

Located within 8 min. of the Shelter Island Hotels – just Northeast of downtown, Balboa Park is a beautiful urban park in San Diego, California, named after the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de  Balboa. Besides open areas and natural vegetation, it contains a variety  of cultural attractions including museums, theaters, gardens, shops and  restaurants as well as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Thousands of  trees here were planted by the famous American gardener Kate Sessions.  Balboa Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Balboa  Park is one of the oldest sites in the United States dedicated to public  recreational usage. Many of the park’s attractions are along El Prado, a  long, wide promenade running through the center of the park. Most of  the buildings lining this street are in the Spanish Revival style, a  richly ornamented eclectic mixture of Spanish and Latin American  architecture. The park’s museums and cultural attractions include the  San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of  Photographic Arts, the San Diego Art Institute the San Diego Model  Railroad Museum, the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Historical  Society, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Reflection Pond, the  latticed Botanical Building, the Bea Evenson Fountain, and Timken Museum  of Art.

Located south of the promenade is the world famous San  Diego Air & Space Museum. There are a number of gardens located in  the park including Alcazar Garden, Botanical Building, Cactus Garden,  Casa del Rey Moro Garden, Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden,  Japanese Friendship Garden, Marston House Garden, Palm Canyon and Zoro  Garden.

Balboa  Park is home to renowned theatrical and musical venues include the  Spreckels Organ Pavilion – the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ and  the historic Old Globe Theatre, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  and the Starlight Bowl.  

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Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet.  Lush grounds, from  gardens to forests, fountains to playgrounds, and sweeping architecture  from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern span the heart of  the Park.  More than 17 museums filled with everything from dinosaurs to  space travel, science to the study of humankind, photographs to old  masters, and automobiles to orchids.  Plays, musicals, orchestras, ballet, heritage dancing, song, and the World Famous San Diego  Zoo, round out a vast array of things to see and do.

1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101




San Diego Historic Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101