Balboa Park, San Diego
Named after the Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Balboa Park is located in the heart of downtown San Diego. It is the largest urban cultural park covering 1,200 acres, and is home to 15 major museums, various performing arts groups, international culture organizations as well as beautiful hiking and biking trails. Discover stunning art collections, watch vivid IMAX films, learn from docent-led tours, and enjoy interactive, kid-friendly exhibitions. Other attractions in the Park include the World Famous San Diego Zoo, art studios, carousel rides, and a mini railroad. Acclaimed for its horticultural treasure, the Park hosts glorious gardens including an award winning rose garden as well as butterfly garden, rare plant species, 58 different varieties of palm trees and an outstanding botanical building housing over 2,000 different tropical plants. Spring time is the best time of year to visit the rose garden, as just about every bush is in full bloom with thousands of roses filling the area with an abundance of fresh spring colors and smells. (619) 239-0512. www.balboapark.org Public transit bus route #7
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