GoThere before you go there Balboa Park - San Diego, California

Plaza de Balboa

The fountain in the Plaza de Balboa shoots a column of water up to 60 feet in the air, depending on the wind conditions.

FountainIn the summer months, the fountain is a favorite gathering place for young and old. Wading is not strictly discouraged so take off your shoes!

The main roadway that runs through the park is El Prado, &  goes from the West Gate to this plaza. Most of the road is now restricted to pedestrian traffic, which make walking through the park much more enjoyable. At this end of the park you will find: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Museum of San Diego History, San Diego Model Railroad Museum  and San Diego Natural History Museum.

Just to the east of this plaza, over a short foot bridge are two very distinctive gardens.

rose garden

One is a group of rose gardens, and the other contains a wide variety of native and desert vegetation.

dester vegitationBecause of San Diego's moderate climate, each garden always has something different to offer in each season. Certain roses may be found during most of the year, with the most spectacular displays in the warmer months. The rose gardens are a popular setting for outdoor weddings.
desert blooms

Desert plants produce a surprisingly abundant variety of flowers.

Each spring, many San Diegans drive east out to the Anza-Borrego Desert to view the wild flowers. Most will drive right past this local display right in their own backyard. While easily accessible, the exhibit is not readily seen from the road.

  1. Balboa Park Home Page
  2. Plaza, Science Center, Gardens
  3. Natural History Museum, Jr. Theatre, Prado, Art Institute, Historical Society, Model Railroad, Botanical Building
  4. San Diego Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden, Timken Museum, Old Globe, Organ Pavilion
  5. Japanese Friendship Garden, Houses of Pacific Relations, Puppet Theater, Aerospace Museum, Auto Museum
  6. Zoo, Train Ride, Merry-go-Round, Spanish Village Art Center

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