Balboa Park is a popular San Diego attraction with plenty for visitors to do. Explore the numerous museums to learn new things about history, science and art. Balboa Park in San Diego features permanent exhibitions as well as limited-time special exhibitions at its museums. In addition to providing tours throughout the museums, Balboa Park San Diego also accommodates special events. Consider having your business luncheon, dinner party or wedding reception at Balboa Park. Wander around the gardens of Balboa Park with your friends and family. The California Native Plant Garden showcases local wildlife that thrives in San Diego. The 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden features cactus and succulent plants that will amaze visitors with their unique qualities and beauty.
Balboa Park San Diego was originally called City Park, but the name changed when San Diego was slated to host the Panama-California Exposition. Park commissioners reached out to the public for name change suggestions. The submissions included San Diego Park, Silver Gate Park, Horton Park and Miramar Park. Balboa Park was finally chosen, in honor of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, "the first European to spot the Pacific Ocean while on exploration in Panama". Your kids will have tons of fun on the rides at Balboa Park in San Diego. Hop onto the carousel for a trip back in time - the hand-carved animals are all originals, except for two of them! The Balboa Park Miniature Railroad is also fun for families, and it takes riders on a three-minute trip across four acres in Balboa Park.