Essential San Diego sightseeing. Where culture, science, and nature collide, Balboa Park is home to more than 17 museums, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, there is something for everyone.
Explore the diverse textures and vegetation native to California–meander through the Old cactus garden, the rose gardens, or sit and have a picnic in the grass with friends.
For those who enjoy more naturalistic jaunts, Balboa Park also offers a number of scenic hiking trails which removing you from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area–you’ll forget you’re even in an urban area as soon as you find yourself on one of these trails.
During the summer Balboa Park offers a free concert series, Twilight in the Park–here you can experience an eclectic array of acts, ranging from swing music to jazz and salsa. These concerts take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.