Best Places to Be: Balboa Park

Balboa Park is magical — its Seussian trees and Tuileries-esque gardens were feel fake-historic, but they’re the real deal. 1200 acres of park dedicated to…us: we the people. It’s free and I go every day at least once a day. And so should you.

Within the park lies many treasures, starting with…

Animals! San Diego Zoo

Pandas and baby hippos and also baby giraffes – oh yes – and cheetahs who are best friends with dogs. The Zoo is at the edge of the park, and with the aerial tramsΒ that give you a free trip-in-the-sky ride over San Diego, its a must see.

Some Culture: Balboa Park Museums

There are lots of museums to check out at Balboa Park that are on my “need to check out” short list, including:

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • WorldBeat Center
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Art Institute
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • And more!

There’s Also Food & Drink & Jazz (@Prado et al.)

I just discovered this and it is amazing. There’s a sculpture garden you can picnic upon after ordering food and drink from a Met Museum-vibey cute spot. Oh and you have to cross a bring over a reflection pond in wish you throw coins and make wishes in order to enter. It’s pretty great.

So Much Culture: Shakespeare in the Park

My favorite part of this and admittedly, the only part I’ve experienced, is the Dr. Seuss X-Mas tree which is a perfect photo-op for friends new and old.

And a Pretty Indoor Garden & Other Gardens

What can I say? They’re pretty — all of them πŸ™‚ Start with the desert and rose garden on Park Ave. then migrate toward 5th Ave and grab a bite / drink in Banker’s Hill / my beloved Hillcrest. (I recommend Tacos Libertad πŸ˜‰ )

It’s free. Go see it all. Just be nice and don’t ruin it for everyone. Have fun & happy San Diego! πŸ™‚