Enjoy the Outdoors at Balboa Park
Visitors often select San Diego as their vacation destination because of its reputation for warm, year-round climate and miles of pristine beaches. However, in addition to sunbathing and surfing, there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors in San Diego. At the Marina Inn, we’ve found that one of the most popular, and affordable ways to enjoy the Southern California sunshine, is by visiting San Diego’s Balboa Park.
Outdoor Activities at Balboa Park
Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park, sprawling over 1,200-acres. The park is also home to 15 major museums, several cultivated gardens and the world famous San Diego Zoo. Guests of the Marina Inn near Balboa Park in San Diego are only minutes from this one-of-a-kind outdoor complex.
If you’re looking to explore the outdoors with your family, there are a variety of kid friendly activities at Balboa Park. The first is the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is arguably the most well-known area of Balboa Park, housing over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species on its 100 acres. It receives over 5 million visitors every year and also has a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. There is also a carousel for kids to ride just outside of the zoo, as well as the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad which takes families across four acres of beautiful and lush landscaping in about three minutes.
For those who are interested in the museums, there are 15 museums in Balboa Park which include Centro Cultural de la Raza, the San Diego Museum of Art and Mingei International Museum, among many others. Visitors walking from one museum to the other get to traverse the area’s winding pathways and observe the park’s gardens. In the gardens, there are more than 350 species of plants and 1,500 trees, offering the perfect setting for nature loving visitors.
In addition to the museums and multiple gardens, performing arts venues in the park include the Old Globe Theatre, Spreckels Organ Pavilion and Starlight Bowl. Depending on what day you visit, you can sit back and relax and enjoy live plays, performances and music at any one of these outdoor venues.
No matter what you’re interests, there is something for everyone at Balboa Park. Grab your family or your significant other and enjoy an entire day under the sun at one of the nations most unique cultural parks.