Current weather

San Diego, CA
Broken clouds, fog
59 °F

Balboa Park WiFi


This is a snapshot of one of more than 40 wireless access points that the Balboa Park Online Collaborative has installed in Balboa Park.

Free WiFi access is now available at the following park locations: House of Hospitality, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Art (partial), and the Timken Museum of Art. By this weekend’s December Nights celebration, we also expect to have the network available at the San Diego Museum of Man and San Diego Automotive Museum. You can access it by going to your device settings and clicking on the network titled "Balboa Park."

BPOC’s network complements the wireless internet access available at outdoor information kiosks that are maintained by the Friends of Balboa Park. With the pervasive WiFi network that BPOC is building, Balboa Park’s cultural institutions will be able to engage with park visitors via smartphone apps and mobile websites; improve the visitor experience by offering instant, free Internet access to find out about attractions, events, and amenities; and host more robust and technologically-advanced parkwide events.

For December Nights, the WiFi will support use of a new QR code tour of historic park locations and a free December Nights mobile guide that will be available on the Meridian platform for iOS and Android devices. Visitors will also find it easier to interact with the park’s social networking pages on Facebook and Twitter (@BalboaPark, @DecemberNights).

Allen Mowat, network engineer, and Patty Luxton, network consultant, have been leading the WiFi project for BPOC. Their work will continue through December at locations such as the Casa del Prado, San Diego Model Railroad, and The San Diego Museum of Art (to completion). Work will continue to other areas of Balboa Park if we secure additional project funds.

The Balboa Park WiFi project is possible because of the generous support of our donors:

  • Joan and Irwin Jacobs
  • Legler Benbough Foundation
  • Office of Councilmember Todd Gloria, City of San Diego, Third District
  • County of San Diego, Neighborhood Reinvestment Program
  • Cox Communications
  • Ruckus Wireless