If you’re visiting San Diego this summer, it’s hard to avoid Balboa Park. The 1,200 acre urban cultural park is home to the San Diego Zoo, the Summer Shakespeare Festival, and 17 different museums. The question about Balboa Park is less whether to visit it but what you should do with the limited time of your trip. Fortunately, we have you covered. Here are our recommendations for what to do when visiting Balboa Park.
Have a Picnic
It’s a beautiful park with exciting views all around, so why not take the time to enjoy them with a picnic. You can bring your own picnic supplies and camp down in one of the areas that allows food, or you can go to Panama 66 if you didn’t plan ahead. There you can order a glass of wine or a craft beer and borrow a picnic blanket, camping next to the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. When you finish your picnic, you may want to visit the sculpture garden itself.
Travel Through International Cultures
Don’t have the budget to take a trip around the world? You can get a taste of plenty of international cultures by visiting the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. This area features 34 different cultures from around the world and performances that showcase traditional dances, music, and costumes. And of course, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out a variety of international foods, and a delightful place for a picnic if you’ve come prepared with a picnic blanket.
Climb the California Tower
For nearly a century, the California Tower in the Museum of Man was closed for safety reasons, simply offering instead a splendid architectural view for those passing by. However, it’s since been revived and can now be climbed all 125 steps. The payoff? The top of the tower offers a sprawling 360 degree view of the park and much of the city surrounding it. You’ll be awed by the stunning sights to be found here. Make sure you take pictures to show those at home who missed the trip.
Balboa Park is an urban cultural park with many urban attractions and museums to visit. But that’s not to discount the natural attractions, either. Balboa Park has over 65 miles of hiking with fascinating trails, like Palm Canyon and its 100 year old palm trees or Orange Trail, exploring both the nature and the more historic parts of Balboa Park. You can hike on foot or take a bike to some of the biking trails. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk or something more challenging, you can find it in the Balboa Park hiking trails.
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