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Balboa Park


Balboa Park, in San Diego, is a 1200 acre cultural park.  It has museums, galleries, gardens, walking paths, theatres, open spaces, natural vegetation zones and the world famous San Diego zoo.  In one day it is quite impossible to see everything, so here is a little snapshot of what we managed to fit in.  I wrote about the Japanese Friendship Garden in a separate post.

We started our visit by taking the free tram from the car park to the Plaza Panama in the centre of El Prado.


It was a warm day so we found a shady spot where we could sit with a cooling drink and admire the beautiful architecture that surrounded us.


Our next port of call was the Botanical Building which is reported to be one of the most photographed spots in San Diego.


Constructed for the Panama California Exposition in 1915, it is one of the largest lath structures in the world, its steel frame covered by 12 miles of redwood slats. The lagoons in front of it contain koi carp and create a wonderfully peaceful scene.


We then walked along El Prado, the ‘main road’, to explore further, seeing the entrances to several museums and galleries before finding ourselves in the desert garden and the rose garden.

We were running out of time by now to see much more of the park,  but we just managed to fit in a quick look at the outside of the San Diego Museum of Man with its beautiful dome and tower.


There is so much to see here that we barely scratched the surface.

I’m linking this post with Jude’s Garden Challenge which this month is looking for Urban Spaces.


6 thoughts on “Balboa Park

  1. So many beautiful buildings in this park, Elaine. You did well to fit in as much as you could. The sky was a gorgeous shade of blue that day.

  2. Gorgeous. My husband sometimes goes to conferences in San Diego and I’ve always wanted to go with him some time, but the circumstances have never been right. One day!

  3. It’s a really lovely place – I liked the Spanish Village art centre and the Alcazar Garden. There is also an Australian garden! I really do need another visit to SD. Thanks for sharing this – wish we could have a few of these lovely blue skies!

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