California’s Balboa Park review

Another cool stop we made was Balboa Park in San Diego!  It’s GORGEOUS there!  It helped that the weather was practically perfect, so everything just looks beautiful in this park!  There really was so much to see and we spent hours there just walking around.

Balboa Park is known as the nation’s largest urban cultural park that contains 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo (I’ll get to that later).  It is a 1,200-acre of open space areas, natural vegetation green belts, gardens and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters.  There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a primary attraction in San Diego and the region. Its many mature, and sometimes rare, trees and groves comprise an urban forest. Many of the original trees were planted by the renowned American landscape designer, botanist, plantswoman, and gardener Kate Sessions. An early proponent of drought tolerant and California native plants in garden design, Sessions established a nursery to propagate and grow for the park and the public.

Balboa Park

The park’s gardens include Alcazar Garden, Botanical Building, Desert Cactus Garden, Casa del Rey Moro Garden, Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, Bird Park, George W. Marston House and Gardens, Palm Canyon, and Zoro Garden.

The Botanical Building, designed by Carleton Winslow, was the largest wood lath structure in the world when it was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. It contains large specimen palms and other plants and sits next to a long reflecting pool on the El Prado side.

Balboa Park



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