Welcome

We can’t wait to see you!

The historic Central Mesa of Balboa Park is OPEN to visitors:

  • All Balboa Park parking lots are open at full capacity.
  • The pop-up Visitors Center kiosk is open outside the House of Hospitality daily from 10am to 4pm.
  • The Prado Restaurant is open Wed.–Sun., 12 noon until late afternoon, providing on-site dining and picnics to-go.
  • The Prado Perk is open Mon.–Tues., 10am–1pm, and Wed.–Sun., 10am–4pm.
  • The Japanese Friendship Garden Tea Pavilion is open 10:30am -3:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
  • Panama 66 at The San Diego Museum of Art is open 7 days a week, 11am–4pm, for a grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.
  • Craveology at the Fleet Science Center is open every day except Thursday, 11am to 5pm, for grab and go food.

Select Balboa Park museums and attractions are OPEN — though most have been ordered closed, per the County of San Diego Safe Reopening list effective (07/07/2020):

  • San Diego Air and Space Museum — CLOSED
  • San Diego Automotive Museum — CLOSED
  • Japanese Friendship Garden — OPEN
  • San Diego Zoo — OPEN
  • Balboa Park gardens — OPEN (except Botanical Building)
  • United Nations Gift Shop — CLOSED
  • Fleet Science Center — CLOSED
  • San Diego Natural History Museum — CLOSED
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum — CLOSED
  • Museum of Photographic Arts — CLOSED
  • San Diego History Center — CLOSED
  • The San Diego Museum of Art — CLOSED
  • San Diego Museum of Man — CLOSED
  • Timken Museum of Art — CLOSED through the end of 2020
  • Spanish Village Art Center — CLOSED (Tentative opening July 30)

Other museum opening dates are TBD. Check each organization’s website for hours and details. Note: All openings are subject to change following guidance of local and state government and health officials.

Many Balboa Park recreational facilities are OPEN:

  • Balboa Park Golf Course
  • Balboa Park Disc Golf
  • Balboa Tennis Club
  • Archery ranges
  • Bocce lanes
  • Lawn bowling
  • Horseshoe pits

On Hold or Cancelled

Food Truck Fridays Look here for updates

Spreckels Organ Pavilion Concerts: Tune in to their weekly online concert

Click here for more opening information on the arts, science & cultural venues you love!

Please continue to follow state and local guidelines regarding groups, sports activities, physical distancing and mask wearing to ensure everyone’s safe and healthy enjoyment of San Diego’s favorite attraction.  

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Balboa Park Visitors Center & Gift Shop

The best way to begin your park adventure is at the Balboa Park Visitors Center, a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy.

HOURS

New Hours: 11am – 4pm Daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

  • Brochures and maps
  • Audio tours
  • Free guided tours
  • Custom tours
  • Transportation information
  • Dining recommendations

Phone: (619) 239-0512

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

FAQ

Is anything in the park open?

Yes. Parts of Balboa Park are open for passive purposes only:

Bird Park and Morley Field
East Mesa 28th St Corridor
Golden Hill Community Park

West Mesa

The Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course is open as of April 27, but tee times must be booked in advance and other guidelines must be followed. Visit the Parks and Recreation website for details and to make reservations. The Morley Field disc golf course and tennis courts are also currently open.

 
 

Beginning June 12, the Central Mesa and surrounding parking lots will be open. Museums, public buildings, recreational facilities in Balboa Park remain closed until further notice. 

 

I lost/found an item recently in the park. Whom should I call?

If you lost a valuable item within the park after March 16, call the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department at (619) 235-1100.

 

When do you expect the park, museums, and other attractions to reopen?

We cannot predict when the COVID-19 situation will be resolved enough for authorities to allow groups of people to gather and thus when the park can reopen. Please check the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the park’s museums and other organizations. Also visit https://www.sandiego.gov/coronavirus for updates from the city.

Is anyone taking care of the gardens and trees in the park during this time of park closures?

Yes, crews and gardeners from Parks and Recreation continue to maintain the lawns, gardens, and trees in the park. In addition, some construction projects begun prior to the COVID-19 situation continue, such as the renovation of the Mingei International Museum and construction of the newest International Cottages.

 

I belong to a club/organization that meets in one of the park buildings on a regular basis. How will I know if we are still meeting?

With all public buildings in the park closed per directives from city officials, no meetings can be held in the buildings during this closure period. Please check with your particular club or organization directly for more information.

 

Is the green tram still running in the park?

No. With the park completely closed for public use, there is no free parking lot shuttle service at this time. We expect the free trams to restart once the park fully reopens.

 

I purchased season tickets for the Old Globe Theatre. What will happen to the rest of their season?

Please go to the Old Globe Theatre’s website for more information.

 

Will the Spreckels Organ still offer free concerts on Sundays?

No, per the city directive, the Spreckels Organ will not hold public concerts in the park. They are planning to record and offer concerts online. For more information, visit https://spreckelsorgan.org/.

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Dear Balboa Park…

We’re looking for you to submit your favorite stories, photos, and memories of Balboa Park.  We’ll share your submissions on our social media and website. Now more than ever is a time to reflect on the gifts the park gives us and why we all cherish it so much. 

Submit your treasured memories, snaps, and love notes to Balboa Park by emailing us at love@balboapark.org.

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