Don’t let the name, Balboa Park fool you. This urban cultural center is far more than beautifully manicured landscaping and centuries old trees. Located in the international tourist destination of San Diego, CA, this is the nation’s largest urban cultural park. There are 15 major museums in Balboa Park, along with famous performing arts venues, botanical gardens and the San Diego Zoo. The park is so expansive in the experience it offers that people new to its grounds should start by stopping at the Visitor’s Center where you will be informed of all the things to see, as well as offered a free guided walking tour of Balboa Park.
With this concentration of attractions you can be sure that the museums in Balboa Park offer great programs and events throughout the year, beyond their tours and exhibits. Here is just a smattering of the kinds of things you can experience at the park.
This off-Broadway show is playing from January 24th through March 1st at the The Old Globe theater. It is the story of a Great American novelist who gets murdered at his own birthday party by one of his guests. This musical is full of laughs and wit, and is a simple 90-minute double act starring Joe Kinosian and Ian Lowe. As the tagline goes, this production puts “the laughter in manslaughter.” Don’t miss it!
At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center there are always great movies to explore outside its fascinating exhibits. Go to the depths of the ocean, light years into space, or romping around the rain forest with orangutans from the seats of their colossal IMAX theater with a staggering 76-foot wraparound screen. You will be immersed in another world that will take your breath away. The titles now showing are To The Arctic, Humpback Whales, Born To Be Wild, and Hidden Universe - all shows promising to deepen your understanding of the natural world, and humanity’s place in it.
If you’re a beer lover, or perhaps just a dedicated foodie, then you definitely want to check out the extended exhibit at the Museum of Man. The exhibit will educate you about the ancient relationship between man and beer, and also has scheduled beer tastings offering diverse insights into the world of beer. The Centennial Beer Tasting will be an opportunity to try new beers and celebrate the Museum of Man’s 100th Anniversary. Or come out for Exotic Ingredients Beer Tasting, Craft Beer and Food Pairing, Hopfest or Craft Beer on the Border, which all promise to be fun, education events.
This annual holiday party is the largest event that happens in the park. All the museums in Balboa Park open their doors to the public free of charge, and there is food, drink and entertainment to satisfy everyone for this great weekend festival.
Whether you want to explore the museums in Balboa Park or just its beautiful scenery, you don’t want to miss the epicenter of San Diego’s cultural attractions. If you’re planning a trip to San Diego check out one of these wonderful, affordable vacation rentals throughout the city. These are great places to come home to after a big day at Balboa Park, and many of them are right on the beach.