Bird Park at Upas

This small, partially enclosed play area is great for toddlers and little ones still learning how to walk. The rubber floor provides a cushioned surface and the simple spiral slide is perfect for playground first-timers. There are also two safety swings, a rocking horse and short animal statues for climbing.

This play area is located on the northeast side of Balboa Park near 28th Street & Upas Street.

Sixth and Upas Trails Gateway

On the northwest side of the park, at Sixth & Upas, is a gateway into five trails:

The 1.5-mile trail goes along tree-lined walkway loops through the north end of the West Mesa area. Type: Level concrete walkways. Difficulty level: Easy. Follow the #1 round green trail markers. 

The 4.1-mile trail is the best way to see the world-renowned cluster of museums and gardens. Type: Mostly level with gradually sloping concrete walks and segments on roads. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #2 square light orange trail markers.

Park Blvd. Trails Gateway

On the south side of the park, on Park Boulevard, is a gateway into four trails:

The 3.0-mile trail explores the historic 1915 Panama California Exposition section of the park. The route highlights the park’s best-known sights. Type: Sidewalk and some road surfaces. Difficulty: Easy. Follow the #31 round red trail markers.

Morley Field Trails Gateway

On the northeast side of the park is a gateway into three trails:

The 2.3-mile trail follows a popular course used in high school cross-country competitions. Type: ½ grass, ½ dirt trail with some rocky areas. Difficulty level: Easy. Follow the #11 round red trail markers. 

The 2.4-mile trail goes through not-often-seen natural areas of Balboa Park. Includes major elevation changes. Type: Mostly dirt trail with some rocky sections. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #12 square green trail markers. 

Marston Point Trails Gateway

On the southwest side of the park is a gateway into four trails:

The 1.0 mile trail follows sidewalks to take tree-lined route loops through the south side of Balboa Park's West Mesa. Difficulty level: Easy. Follow the #41 round blue trail markers.

The 1.6 mile trail follows sidewalks, stairways, unpaved trails and some road surfaces. Experience unique perspectives of the West Mesa canyons. Difficulty level: Medium. Follow the #42 square orange trail markers.

Golden Hill Trails Gateway

On the south side of the park is a gateway into three trails:

The 0.5 mile trail is a frequently used loop trail bordering the road. This trail is popular with residents and lined with trees. Type: Road surface with some grass area. Difficulty level: Easy. Follow the #21 round light orange trail markers.

Bird Park at Cedar

This small play area is great for young children aged 2-5. Its sand and cushioned flooring provide a safe area for kids and toddlers who love running around or are still learning how to walk. There is a simple plastic jungle gym with many slides surrounded by objects to climb, rock and swing on.

This playground is located on the east side of Balboa Park near 28th Street & Cedar Street

Veterans Museum at Balboa Park Gift Shop

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park offers an array of patriotic, educational and fun gifts to mark a visit to the museum! We are also the perfect stop for Veterans and Veterans' family and friends who may be looking for that nostalgic memento to commemorate time in service to their nation. Visit on your way in or on your way out and see what treasures we have to offer!

San Diego Velodrome

Located in the heart of Balboa Park’s Morley Field Sports Complex, the San Diego Velodrome is the resource for bicycle track racing in the greater San Diego area. One of three velodromes in the Southwestern United States, the San Diego Velodrome is a premiere training and racing destination. Our development programs are tailored for riders of all ages, skills, and abilities. Offering one of the longest race schedules in the US, the SDVA fosters grass-roots racers through National and Olympic-level riders.

Morley Field Sports Complex

Morley Field was named after John Morley, who served as a park superintendent in Balboa Park from 1911 to 1939.  His guidance and inspiration for the cultivation of the park made for many of the beautiful gardens that are in the park today.