Visitors Center Gift Shop

Inside the Balboa Park 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.

Prado Perk

Located in the courtyard of the House of Hospitality across from the Balboa Park Visitors center, Prado Perk is the perfect stop for coffee, teas and pastries.  The coffee cart offers a selection of coffee, espresso and lattes with coffee locally roasted by Café Moto.  Hot and iced teas are also available as well as mini-milks for the kids. Try a variety of delicious pastries baked daily by The Prado or keep it simple with a chobani yogurt and a bottled water.

Alaska Airlines Flight Path Grill

An outdoor restaurant featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, salad and more! Enjoy your meal at a picnic table or covered cabana. San Diego Air & Space Museum admission is required.

Cabrillo Bridge

The Cabrillo Bridge, built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, was the first cantilevered, multiple-arched bridge to be built in Southern California. It is nearly 1,500 feet long and nearly 125 feet high. 

This scenic bridge is one most beautiful ways into Balboa Park.

California Tower

The California Tower, the soaring, intricately detailed, portion of the California Building, is an icon of San Diego, and can be seen from miles around.  The building houses the San Diego Museum of Man.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree

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.

Nature Lover

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!