Morley Field was established in 1978 making one of the original disc golf courses in the world. The course overall isn’t long but it does have a few lengthy holes and it‘s beautifully maintained by the shop employees and features Mach III baskets and concrete tee pads. This is a challenging course, with many trees and tough pin placements. Pin positions change each Monday and there are 3 to 6 positions for each hole.
Balboa Park's lawn bowling area is nestled on the northeast side of the Cabrillo Bridge-across from Founder's Plaza. Organized in 1931 with five founding members, the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club is still going strong with more than 100 members. Members are usually picturesquely dressed in white-striking against the green of the lawn bowling grass
Tucked away in a quiet residential area at the intersection of Grape and 28th Streets in South Park, the Grape Street Dog Park spans five acres, making it the largest of the three dog parks in Balboa Park. The open fields are surrounded by groves of mature eucalyptus trees. Other amenities include two dog water fountains and a restroom for people.
The dog park is located at the west end of the Morley Field Sports Complex, southwest of the tennis courts. Its entrance is near the intersection of Alabama St. and Morley Field Dr. and there is ample free parking. The main off-leash area consists of an immense field, dotted with small trees and several litter-bag dispensing stations. This dog park also provides easy access to the Florida Canyon Nature Trails, which dogs can explore when back on leash.
Panama 66 is a restaurant that occupies the open-air setting of The San Diego Museum of Art’s Marcy S. May Sculpture Garden. The focus is on locally sourced, hand-crafted food and drink, from salads and sandwiches to seasonal cocktails and more. Brought to you by the team from the award-winning Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger! Tiger! Tavern, the new bar features over a dozen purely local craft beer taps.
Zagat-rated as one of the top beer bars in the country!
The Prado, an award-winning, full-service restaurant located in the House of Hospitality, offers charming indoor and outdoor dining. The unique décor blends the historical aspects of the House of Hospitality and whimsical accessories inspired by the Park museum collections. The diverse cuisine includes an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and imaginative entrées. The lounge combines a lighter menu with a wide variety of margaritas, sangria, beer, wine and other beverages.
Reservations are accepted and recommended.
The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond and Lagoon in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination in San Diego. Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond and Lagoon, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring fascinating collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms. The Botanical Building also presents some of the Park’s vibrant seasonal flower displays
This historic garden was developed under the direction of Kate Sessions for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. It contains some of the largest cactus and succulent specimens in the Park and has also been developed to include the exotic African and Australian Protea plants.
Alcazar Garden, named because its design is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain, lies adjacent to the Art Institute and Mingei Museum. It is known for its ornate fountains, exquisite turquoise blue, yellow, and green Moorish tiles and shady pergola. This formal garden, bordered by boxwood hedges, is planted with 7,000 annuals for a vibrant display of color throughout the year. The garden has been reconstructed to replicate the 1935 design by San Diego architect Richard Requa.
The Desert Garden was established at the Park Blvd. location in 1976 and contains more than 1,300 plants, including succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world, within its 2.5 acres.
The peak blooming period is January through March; however, these plants are interesting at any time of year because of their unusual shapes