Balboa Park is known for its diverse collection of plants and trees. This landmark Moreton Bay Fig tree is the largest of the Ficus macrophylla represented in the park. It was planted as a small tree in a garden of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and, with more than a century of growth, has become a magnificent giant. The tree was officially measured in 1996 at 78 feet (24 meters) high, with a crown width of 123 feet (37 meters) and a trunk girth of 486 inches (12.3 meters). It is one of the three largest Moreton Bay Fig trees in the state of California.
It's another beautiful day in Balboa Park! Whether you're a hiker, an amateur botanist, or an aspiring veterinary scientist, Balboa Park has something for you. Follow the stops below to discover the natural wonders the Park has to offer.
"I'm bored!" If you're tired of saying this - or hearing it - come to Balboa Park. There's always something new to see, do, or discover here. Follow the stops below to find fun, food, and more perfect for the 12 and under crowd!
Offered every Saturday by trained volunteers, the tours start at 10:00am for an easy-paced one-hour walk with rotating themes. Tour themes include Balboa Park history (first Saturday of the month), palm trees (second Saturday), other trees in the Park (third Saturday), desert vegetation (fourth Saturday) and tour del dia (fifth Saturday).
There are no tours from Thanksgiving through the 2nd Saturday in January. Reservations are not required. Tours meet at the Visitors Center
The 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park introduced Spanish Colonial Revival architecture to Southern California and to millions of visitors. The California Building and its tower, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and the "temporary" buildings along El Prado have stirred the souls of San Diegans for over 90 years.
Take a step back in time with Architectural Heriage Tours hosted by The Committee of 100
These tours are offered on the first Friday of each month at 10:00am.
A fascinating audio tour of Balboa Park can be rented at the Balboa Park Visitors Center. There is an adult and child version of the tour, which covers Park history, architecture, horticulture, and cultural attractions--all created by experts in the field.
Last tour at 2:30. Tour takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Located near the Park's west entrance on Laurel Avenue, Sefton Plaza features several bronze statues that provide a look into Balboa Park's history. A bronze statue of horticulturist Kate Sessions, often referred to as the "Mother of Balboa Park" is located on the southwest corner of the Plaza. The six and one-half foot statue depicts Kate as she is most fondly remembered-in a hat and long flowing skirt, a trowel in one hand and a seedling in the other.
The Old Globe's outdoor food and beverage pavilion offers hearty soups in a sourdough bread tureen, crisp salads, assorted desserts and beverages like cool Italian soda, rich cappuccinos, a robust Merlot, and steaming Irish coffee