Secret spots and history of Balboa Park tour
Walking tours

Secret spots and history of Balboa Park tour

Language: English
Availability: Monday to Saturday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours
Do this because
  • Discover the quirky and fascinating history of Balboa park
  • Uncover historical and architectural treasures hiding in plain sight
  • Explore a botanical garden’s vibrant collection of more than 2,100 plants
  • Learn about the early 20th-century expositions that shaped Balboa Park
  • Find the best spots to photograph beautiful Spanish colonial revival architecture
What to expect

This tour will guide you through Balboa Park’s gorgeous gardens, lovely walking paths, and plenty of cultural gems, from theatres to museums featuring the arts, the sciences, and more. You’ll get a full overview of the park and its rich history on this San Diego walking tour that explores how the park has become a symbol of the city.

You’ll explore everything from a sunken garden that was once a nudist colony to The Spanish Village Art Center, stopping at local coffee carts for a quick break on the way.

You’ll visit spots that even locals don’t know about. Keep the camera handy for what might be the prettiest tour in town!

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What's included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • One beverage at a park coffee cart
What's not included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
  • Entrance to the museums
Reduced price
  • Child (under 6): free
  • Child (6 to 11): reduced


Laurel Street at the west entrance of Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Meeting point:

Next to Founder’s Plaza statues between 6th Ave and Balboa Drive on Laurel Street at the west entrance of Balboa Park. They are located in Sefton Plaza and are directly across the street from the Lawn Bowling Club.

What to remember
  • Although the tour doesn’t include access to any museum, your guide will be more than happy to provide specific info on entry fees and attractions at each site for you to consider and visit during your time after our tour has ended
  • Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes. Take current weather conditions into consideration
  • If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed
  • Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher

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  • Tour runs Monday to Saturday
  • Departs 10.00am
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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