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Parking at Balboa Park in San Diego

Balboa Park is one of the largest urban parks in the nation and is a popular San Diego attraction, offering a great getaway for both residents and tourists. As a popular attraction, parking at Balboa Park is often busy and is sometimes difficult. To help you make the most of your trip to Balboa Park, we’ve provided a few tips to help make your parking experience more manageable.

Parking in Balboa Park is free, and therefore the various parking lots tend to fill up quickly. However, for the best chance to find parking near the park, head to one of these three main lots. The first is the Alcazar Lot, which can be found closest to the Old Globe Theater. The second is the Organ Pavilion Lot, which is a bit further away but typically has the most parking stalls and the greatest availability. Lastly, there is a large parking lot near the Aerospace Museum and Hall of Champions. These stalls are about 5 to 10 minutes from most of the major attractions in Balboa Park.

If you find yourself lost or disoriented while driving around the large outdoor complex, there are parking attendants roaming who will be able to assist you with your parking needs. If you are going to Balboa Park for a specific event or show, there will be additional attendants who will help guide you to the optimal parking locations.

Valet parking is also available after 5pm each evening. Valet parking attendants will be found outside of the Japanese Friendship Gardens and is available for a nominal fee. While safety at Balboa Park is often not an issue, this is a great option for visitors who are worried about leaving their car for an extended period of time or late into the evening.

Arriving at Balboa Park from Downtown

Staying at one of the downtown San Diego hotels near Balboa Park will provide you with the most convenience. In addition to being minutes from this popular outdoor complex, you will have easy access to additional San Diego attractions such as Seaport Village, the Gaslamp and Little Italy. Guests of downtown San Diego hotels also enjoy close proximity to the San Diego Airport.

If you are looking for an affordable Balboa Park hotel, contact the Marina Inn. We are within 5 minutes of the park and offer free parking for our guests with rental cars. Offering discounted rates and clean and spacious rooms, you can’t go wrong when staying with us. Contact a Reservation Manager today for more information, and don’t forget to ask about our discounted Zoo tickets as the Zoo is located inside Balboa Park!

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