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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 Visitors Center Gift Shop and pop-up Visitors Center kiosk in the Plaza de Panama are open daily from 10am to 4pm.
  • The Prado Restaurant is open Mon.–Tues., 12pm–3pm, and Wed.–Sun., 12 noon until late afternoon, providing on-site dining and picnics to-go. Also, open Friday-Saturday at 6pm for special prix-fixe “Evenings on the Prado” menu, by reservation only.
  • The Prado Perk is open Mon.–Tues., 10am–2pm, 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 patio dining and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.
  • Daniel’s Coffee Cart in Spanish Village is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30am to 4pm.
  • WorldBeat Café at the WorldBeat Center is open for grab-and-go Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11am-6pm.

Select Balboa Park museums and attractions are OPEN or will be opening soon as follows:

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza — OPEN
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum — OPEN
  • San Diego Automotive Museum — OPENS Sept. 17
  • Japanese Friendship Garden — OPEN
  • San Diego Zoo — OPEN
  • Balboa Park gardens — OPEN (except Botanical Building)
  • United Nations Gift Shop — OPEN
  • Fleet Science Center — CLOSED through the end of 2020
  • San Diego Natural History Museum — CLOSED through the end of 2020
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum — OPEN
  • Museum of Photographic Arts — CLOSED until Nov.
  • San Diego Art Institute — CLOSED until Nov.
  • San Diego History Center — OPEN
  • The San Diego Museum of Art — OPEN
  • Museum of Us — OPENS Sept. 16
  • Timken Museum of Art — CLOSED through the end of 2020
  • Spanish Village Art Center — OPEN 

Some museums are open on a limited schedule. 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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Online Resources

The Latest

Sue Varga Reflects on 14-Year Career in Balboa Park

When Sue Varga was hired in 2006, she felt she could make a difference. After 15 years at PR and marketing agencies, and several years at the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA), she knew she brought with her a host of community, media, and business contacts eager to...

A Tribute to Conservancy Volunteer Anita Mercado

It is with great sadness that the Balboa Park Conservancy announces the passing last month of one of our remarkable volunteers, Anita Mercado, after a long battle with cancer. Anita began as a volunteer at the Balboa Park Visitors Center Information Desk in 2012. She...

AmeriCorps VIP Fellow Reflects on Year of Volunteer Initiative Building

The Conservancy’s fortune in having a highly qualified, committed AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Fellow serve in support of our volunteer program continued for a second year with Allie Neri. The AmeriCorps VIP Fellow position is made possible thanks...

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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