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Balboa Park Highlights Tour with Coffee

There is so much more to beautiful Balboa Park than meets the eye, and you'll find all the secret spots on this small group walking tour of San Diego's cultural crown jewel. You'll see gardens of different types, inspiring architecture, learn about the park's history and the cultural organizations that populate it now. And top it all off with a beverage at a popular coffee cart.

- 2 hour walking tour of Balboa Park

- Learn how two expositions shaped the park and changed San Diego

- Discover the Naval connection to the park

- Be sure to bring a camera as this is the prettiest tour in town!

- Enjoy a beverage at a park coffee cart

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  • What's included :
    • Professional Tour Guide
    • One beverage at a coffee cart
    What's excluded :
    • Guide gratuity
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

    Balboa Park is the cultural jewel of San Diego with architecture, gardens and cultural organizations a-plenty. Keep a camera handy as there are Instagramable spots around every corner.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sefton Plaza, Laurel Street, San Diego, CA 92101

    Sefton Plaza, located near the Park's west entrance, is where we begin our tour. We'll meet at the three large bronze statues of the founder's of the park, and learn how they shaped the city as well.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Cabrillo Bridge, San Diego, CA 92101

    We'll pause on our walk across the bridge to admire the views of downtown, the San Diego Zoo and the historic highway below.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: California Tower, 1350 El Prado At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616

    The California Tower is a landmark not only for the park but for San Diego as well. The nearly 200 foot tall tower was built for the 1915 Panama California Exposition, and the story of San Diego’s founding in it’s ornate facade. We’ll get three great views of the tower, each one prettier than the next.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101-1696

    The three theaters in this complex have wowed audiences since the original construction for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Your guide will give you the scoop on getting tickets when shows are in production.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Pl Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1651

    This colorful collection of cottages, built for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, house 37 studios and many more artists. You'll have a chance to explore this unique village, and grab a beverage too!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Botanical Building and Lily Pond, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

    This building was the largest of its kind when built for the 1915 Exposition, and one of four buildings constructed to last past the festivities. In front of it is a historic pond where we will spot koi and other wildlife.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    698 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
    Return Detail :
    1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by San Diego Walks

Activity ID: V-298734P2

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