San Diego Small Group Tour: Best of Balboa Park Tour with Coffee

Explore one of the country’s best urban cultural parks. Balboa Park has a bit of everything, including grand architecture, diverse museums, cultural institutions and captivating gardens. You will visit spots that even locals don’t know about. Keep the camera handy for what might be the prettiest tour in town!

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  • What's included :
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • One beverage at a park coffee cart
    • Entry/Admission - Balboa Park
    • Entry/Admission - Alcazar Garden
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

    Balboa Park has a bit of everything, including grand architecture, diverse museums, cultural institutions and captivating gardens. You will visit spots that even locals don’t know about. Keep the camera handy for what might be the prettiest tour in town!

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cabrillo Bridge, San Diego, CA 92101

    The connector of the west and central mesas, the Cabrillo Bridge affords great views of downtown San Diego, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. We’ll pause on our walk across to enjoy the scenery.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: California Tower, 1350 El Prado At the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101-1616

    The California Tower is a landmark not only for the city but for all of downtown San Diego. Built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, this nearly 200 foot tall tower has beautiful architecture, and the story of San Diego’s founding in it’s ornate facade. We’ll get three great views of the tower (and you’ll want to take photos from each one!).

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Sefton Plaza, Laurel Street, San Diego, CA 92101

    Located near the Park's west entrance, Sefton Plaza features several bronze statues that provide a look into Balboa Park's history and is where we begin our tour.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: El Prado, San Diego, CA, USA

    This complex of theatres has won awards (including Tonys) and entertained audiences since 1935. We’ll stop and talk about its history, and let you know how to get tickets to a performance.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Pl Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1651

    This collection of cottages first built for the 1935 Exposition houses over 37 studios with art created by hundreds of artists. We’ll stop here for a snack, a chance to take in, or buy, art, or just to rest in a colourful, beautiful place.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Botanical Building and Lily Pond, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660

    We’ll visit the second most iconic building in the park, which was the largest building of its kind when it was built for the 1915 Exposition. It contains over 2000 plants has a beautiful and historic pond full of koi, water lilies and turtles in front of it.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Plaza de Panama Fountain, 1350 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1616

    We’ll end our tour near this central plaza, and your guide will make sure you know what else you can do in the park, where you can eat, and how to get the most out of your time in the park.

    Stop At: Alcazar Garden, El Prado at Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

    We’ll pause a few minutes in this beautiful and ever-changing garden. Originally built as a respite from the hubbub of the 1915 Exposition, this formal garden was later redesigned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    699 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes, and take current weather conditions into consideration
    • The tour does not include museum access, though the guide can provide tips and information on visiting Balboa Park's museums
    • This is a family-friendly tour
    • This small-group tour requires a maximum of 12 people
    • Very occasionally museums, gardens and roadways are closed due to special events or routine maintenance. If this occurs, we will find a similar alternative for you to visit during your tour
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-5713P50

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