San Diego Balboa Park Highlights Small Group Tour with Coffee

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  • 2 hr

There is so much more to beautiful Balboa Park than meets the eye, and you'll find all the secret spots on this small group walking tour of San Diego's cultural crown jewel. You'll see gardens of different types, inspiring architecture, learn about the park's history and the cultural organizations that populate it now. And top it all off with a beverage at a popular coffee cart. - 2 hour walking tour of Balboa Park - Learn how two expositions shaped the park and changed San Diego - Discover the Naval connection to the park - Be sure to bring a camera as this is the prettiest tour in town! - Enjoy a beverage at a park coffee cart

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Balboa Park

Balboa Park is the cultural jewel of San Diego with architecture, gardens and cultural organizations a-plenty. Keep a camera handy as there are Instagramable spots around every corner.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sefton Plaza

Sefton Plaza, located near the Park's west entrance, is where we begin our tour. We'll meet at the three large bronze statues of the founder's of the park, and learn how they shaped the city as well.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Cabrillo Bridge

We'll pause on our walk across the bridge to admire the views of downtown, the San Diego Zoo and the historic highway below.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: California Tower

The California Tower is a landmark not only for the park but for San Diego as well. The nearly 200 foot tall tower was built for the 1915 Panama California Exposition, and the story of San Diego’s founding in it’s ornate facade. We’ll get three great views of the tower, each one prettier than the next.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Old Globe Theatre

The three theaters in this complex have wowed audiences since the original construction for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Your guide will give you the scoop on getting tickets when shows are in production.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Spanish Village Art Center

This colorful collection of cottages, built for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition, house 37 studios and many more artists. You'll have a chance to explore this unique village, and grab a beverage too!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Botanical Building and Lily Pond

This building was the largest of its kind when built for the 1915 Exposition, and one of four buildings constructed to last past the festivities. In front of it is a historic pond where we will spot koi and other wildlife.

Duration: 10 minutes
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