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

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Explore one of the country’s best urban cultural parks. Balboa Park has a bit of everything, including grand architecture, diverse museums, cultural institutions and captivating gardens. You will visit spots that even locals don’t know about. Keep the camera handy for what might be the prettiest tour in town!

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Stop At: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

Balboa Park has a bit of everything, including grand architecture, diverse museums, cultural institutions and captivating gardens. You will visit spots that even locals don’t know about. Keep the camera handy for what might be the prettiest tour in town!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cabrillo Bridge, San Diego, CA 92101

The connector of the west and central mesas, the Cabrillo Bridge affords great views of downtown San Diego, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. We’ll pause on our walk across to enjoy the scenery.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: California Tower, 1350 El Prado At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616

The California Tower is a landmark not only for the city but for all of downtown San Diego. Built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, this nearly 200 foot tall tower has beautiful architecture, and the story of San Diego’s founding in it’s ornate facade. We’ll get three great views of the tower (and you’ll want to take photos from each one!).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Sefton Plaza, Laurel Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Located near the Park's west entrance, Sefton Plaza features several bronze statues that provide a look into Balboa Park's history and is where we begin our tour.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: El Prado, San Diego, CA, USA

This complex of theatres has won awards (including Tonys) and entertained audiences since 1935. We’ll stop and talk about its history, and let you know how to get tickets to a performance.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Pl Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1651

This collection of cottages first built for the 1935 Exposition houses over 37 studios with art created by hundreds of artists. We’ll stop here for a snack, a chance to take in, or buy, art, or just to rest in a colourful, beautiful place.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Botanical Building and Lily Pond, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

We’ll visit the second most iconic building in the park, which was the largest building of its kind when it was built for the 1915 Exposition. It contains over 2000 plants has a beautiful and historic pond full of koi, water lilies and turtles in front of it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Plaza de Panama Fountain, 1350 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616

We’ll end our tour near this central plaza, and your guide will make sure you know what else you can do in the park, where you can eat, and how to get the most out of your time in the park.

Stop At: Alcazar Garden, El Prado at Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

We’ll pause a few minutes in this beautiful and ever-changing garden. Originally built as a respite from the hubbub of the 1915 Exposition, this formal garden was later redesigned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.

Duration: 5 minutes

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
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One beverage at a park coffee cart
  • Entry/Admission - Balboa Park
  • Entry/Admission - Alcazar Garden

  • Gratuities

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

Departure Time
10:00 AM

2 hours

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

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