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Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality

The best way to start your time in Balboa Park is with a stop at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Located across from The Prado Restaurant in the House of Hospitality, the Visitors Center has the most current and comprehensive information about the Park’s activities and attractions. Open from 9:30am-4:30pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day), the Visitors Center offers brochures, maps, audio tours, free guided tours of the Park, transportation information, dining advice, and more.

Need to know prices, hours, where to go with your kids? Ask the friendly staff and volunteers at the Visitors Center.

Lose your sweater or cell phone? They can help you with that, too.

Hours: The Balboa Park grounds are open 24 hours a day, the Visitors Center is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, and museum hours vary by institution.

Phone: (619) 239-0512

Address: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 92101

The Balboa Park Visitors Center is a program of the non-profit Balboa Park Conservancy (a public benefit 501(c)3 corporation).

Gift Shop

Inside the Visitors Center, find a charming gift shop with a variety of gifts, handmade creations by Park artists, Balboa Park logo-ware, books, videos, CDs, and more. The Visitors Center also runs the gift shop carrying books, maps and guides to help you prepare for your upcoming visit, as well as souvenirs to remember a recent trip.

Balboa Park Conservancy 

The nonprofit Balboa Park Conservancy operates the Visitors Center. In addition to the Visitors Center, this nonprofit promotes Balboa Park through its parkwide programs: Balboa Park Marketing, and the website, Balboa Park Conservancy is also responsible for the National Historic Landmark House of Hospitality building that houses the Balboa Park Visitors Center, a police storefront, offices of cultural and educational organizations, and The Prado Restaurant at Balboa Park.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Visitors Center is looking for volunteers who have lived in San Diego for several years and love Balboa Park. Must be able to volunteer during the center’s operating hours, 9:30-4:30pm. Email Susy for a volunteer application:

Admissions Information

Most of the cultural attractions in Balboa Park are independently managed non-profit organizations. The admission prices vary by institution-with museum and performing arts memberships offering a chance to support these San Diego cultural treasures as well as gain special admission to them. Admittance to the Park itself is free, as is the Botanical Building and most of the gardens.

Daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.(Open until 5pm through Sept. 5, 2016)
(619) 239-0512
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:30am
Audio Tour
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30am
Audio Tour
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Audio Tour
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:30am
Audio Tour
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:30am
Audio Tour

The Balboa Park Visitors Center Gift Shop features a wide assortment of Balboa Park and San Diego souvenirs, unique gifts, garden-themed items, books, maps, and guides. It is also one of the best places in the Park to stock up on beverages, snacks, film, and camera batteries. The Passport to Balboa Park, a seven-day pass offering discounted admission to 13 different cultural attractions, is available for purchase. Visitors may also rent the Audio Walking Tour, a 90-minute self-guided journey through Balboa Park that highlights the history, architecture, and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Get information about food, music, and more December Nights from our friendly volunteers.

As assortment of light-up accessories and holiday gifts are available in the Visitor's Center gift shop, along with Balboa Park-themed gifts, sundry items, snacks and drinks. 

Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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