Lingering in Balboa Park When You Are in San Diego

06/18/2011 11:47

Balboa Park, an urban park minutes from Downtown San Diego, is a great attraction which witnesses over 14 million visitors every year. It deserves to be on your list of must-visit places for a trip to this city.

Numerous museums, gardens and institutions are set on this approximately 1,000 acres land, which make it not only a horticultural attraction, but also one of the best historical, recreational and educational destinations for visitors to this city. Its botanical garden is renowned for being home to many seasonal flowers, trees and other plants. You would like to take a walk by the winding paths through rolling lawns and flowers.

balboa-parkMany of Balboa Park's museums are housed in Spanish Colonial Revival buildings. San Diego Natural History Museum, the permanent home of one of the oldest scientific institutions in the western United States, has numerous artifacts, an enhanced exhibit space and a large format theater to tell the natural history of many areas from the dawn of time to modern era.

Of course, you won't miss San Diego Zoo. There are more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals here belonging to over 800 species. Many exotic animals like giant pandas, cuddly looking koalas, reptiles, storks and giraffes are all to be seen here. A zoo safari park houses many species of endangered wildlife. The kids will love to be immersed into the animal kingdom.

There are a lot of other wonderful places to go, like Spanish Village Art Center, Spreckels Organ Pavilion and Sefton Plaza and many historic buildings. Whatever is your preference, you will be satisfied. If you have kids with you, you can trust them to lead you the way. They know which places are the most interesting ones and are sure to endow you with a memorable stay in this San Diego Balboa Park.