San Diego: Best of Balboa Park Tour with Coffee (Small Group)

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Stop At: Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Balboa Park is home to gorgeous gardens, lovely walking paths, and plenty of cultural gems, from theaters to museums featuring the arts, the sciences, and more. You’ll get a full overview of the park and its rich history on this San Diego walking tour that explores how the park has become a symbol of the city.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: California Tower, San Diego, California

We’ll kick things off at the Founder’s Statue on the west side of the park. We think you’ll agree San Diegans were visionaries, when they set aside 1800 acres of land for the park all the way back in 1867. Then we’ll stop at the California Tower, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, has since become a city landmark. The face of the tower depicts the early history of the city.

Pass By: Alcazar Garden, San Diego, California

We’ll kick things off at the Founder’s Statue on the west side of the park. We think you’ll agree San Diegans were visionaries, when they set aside 1800 acres of land for the park all the way back in 1867. Then we’ll stop at the California Tower, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, has since become a city landmark. The face of the tower depicts the early history of the city.

Pass By: Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California

Following after, we’ll pass by the Old Globe Theater which is a Tony Award-winning, world-renowned professional theater group modeled after The Globe Theatre London.

Pass By: El Prado, San Diego, California

From there, we’ll walk through the heart of the Prado, where you’ll get to spy unique building facades and roof supports that most visitors don’t notice.

Pass By: Zoro Garden

We’ll also check out Zoro Gardens, a sunken garden that was once a nudist colony (seriously) during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Today, it’s a butterfly garden that contains everything butterflies need for their full life cycle.

Pass By: Bea Evenson Fountain

We’ll then continue past the Bea Evenson fountain and the Natural HIstory Museum.

Stop At: Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego, California

We’ll pop into the Spanish Village Art Center to observe artists at work in their studios. By now you will have worked up a thirst so we’ll grab a drink at a local coffee cart before continuing on past one of the largest Morton Bay fig trees in California and the San Diego Junior Theater.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Botanical Building and Lily Pond, San Diego, California

But we’re not done yet! We’ll then head to the Botanical Building (currently closed on Thursdays), home to more than 2,100 plants. It’s the perfect stop for photographers and flower-lovers alike, and the adjacent lily pond full of koi makes more than just a pretty picture — you’ll learn how the pond was an important part of the war effort during WWI and how it helped injured sailors and soldiers during WWII.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Plaza de Panama Fountain, San Diego, California

Our tour will end at the Plaza de Panama, but before we say goodbye, your guide will give you directions to the nearby Visitor Center (for snacks, maps, souvenirs, and museum passes), suggestions for places to eat, and tips on what else to see and do within the park.

Stop At: San Diego Urban Adventures, San Diego, California

Your tour will be lead by one of our fantastic guides

Duration: 2 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes, and take current weather conditions into consideration
  • The tour does not include museum access, though the guide can provide tips and information on visiting Balboa Park's museums
  • This is a family-friendly tour
  • This small-group tour requires a maximum of 12 people
  • Very occasionally museums, gardens and roadways are closed due to special events or routine maintenance. If this occurs, we will find a similar alternative for you to visit during your tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One beverage at a park coffee cart
  • Entry/Admission - Botanical Building and Lily Pond
  • Entry/Admission - San Diego Urban Adventures


Exclusions
  • Gratuities


Departure Point
699 El Prado, 699 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA


Departure Time
10:00 AM

Duration
2 hours

Return Details
1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA


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