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El Prado

Balboa Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • Looking down El Prado toward San Diego Museum of Man.- El Prado
  • Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum.- El Prado
  • Casa del Prado.- El Prado
  • Casa del Prado.- El Prado
  • Covered walkway alongside Casa del Prado.- El Prado
  • Historic door to Casa del Prado.- El Prado
  • Balboa Park Vistors Center.- El Prado
  • Botanical Building and Lily Pond.- El Prado
  • Inside the Botanical Building.- El Prado
  • Inside the Botanical Building.- El Prado
  • Timken Museum of Art.- El Prado
  • Cabrillo Bridge.- El Prado
  • Fountain in Plaza de Panama, with Mingei International Museum in the background.- El Prado
  • Fountain in Plaza de Panama, with the San Diego Museum of Art in the background.- El Prado
  • Sculpture Garden.- El Prado
  • Sculpture Garden.- El Prado
  • The Old Globe Theater.- El Prado
  • San Diego Musuem of Man.- El Prado
  • Riding on the tram.- El Prado
  • Alcazar Garden.- El Prado
  • Stairs down to Palm Canyon.- El Prado
  • Looking down into the Japanese Friendship Garden.- El Prado
  • San Diego Natural History Museum.- El Prado
  • Spanish Village Art Center.- El Prado
  • Spanish Village Art Center.- El Prado
  • View looking west down El Prado.- El Prado
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion.- El Prado
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Pros: 
Beautiful architecture. ADA accessible. Family friendly.
Cons: 
Parking is crowded.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Balboa Park houses a number of architecturally significant and beautiful structures, many of which are museums, theaters, or gardens that are accessible to the public. The majority of these are centrally located in and around El Prado (Spanish for "the meadow"). The rest of Balboa Park’s acreage provides space for the San Diego Zoo, golf courses, trails, and the like.

Land for Balboa Park was set aside in the mid 19th century, but it wasn’t until preparation for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 that many of the buildings were designed and constructed.

The collection of museums, gardens, and theaters could keep a visitor occupied for days. Even strolling the grounds of El Prado and the Pan American Plaza can take an entire afternoon. Vendors supply food and beverages, and a free tram can expedite the sightseeing or give reprieve to weary legs.

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