Strolling Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

During our last visit to San Diego, we strolled through Balboa Park. While there was plenty to look at during our visit, we can only imagine how much fun the park would have been pre-Covid. Nevertheless, we brought to delicious breakfast from 7 Cafe and picnicked on the grass near the Botanical Building. While most of the museums were closed during our visit, a few like the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Aerospace Museum were still open to guests. As a result, we hope to revisit Balboa Park once life is back to normal.

Balboa Park visiting info



1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone Number

619 239 0512


The Balboa Park grounds are open 24 hours a day.
Visitor’s Center opens daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.





Strolling Balboa Park

Random Tips from our visit

What we observed:

  • The park is well kept.
  • A great place to explore the grounds with your family at your own pace. We loved that our kids could run around and enjoy the open area.

Time spent:

  • 2 hours

Stroller/Wagon friendly:

  • Yes


  • Flushing toilets


  • Beautiful architecture and landscape
  • Several of the museums have reopened (check here for more updates)
  • A lot of photo opportunities 
  • Picnic on the grass
  • Play structures for the kids

What we brought:

Covid-19 Precautions?

  • The park is very large and we were able to social distance from other guests without any issues. 
  • A majority of the guests wore their masks.

The park wasn’t busy when we visited. Employees were wearing masks, and we felt very safe. We never got into a situation where we felt at risk. Now, with Covid numbers going insane. It’s essential to take the necessary precautions when you go out to explore.

Should you go?

To picnic and relax? Yes. You can even visit the San Diego Museum of Art while you’re there, but unfortunately, you aren’t getting the full experience the park would typically offer you. It’s also our recommendation to call ahead to any museums you may have been considering visiting. Hours are continually evolving in this unsure climate.

Things to do nearby

We travel all over California searching for fun places to take the kids. Be sure to check out some of the other places we’ve visited that are good for kids. Things to do with Kids in Southern California

If you have any suggests on where we should go next please let us know in the comments below!

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