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If you plan to spend more than a day in the park visiting over a dozen museums, gardens, and attractions, you may want to invest in a Park Pass for the year or couple of days. Check with the Visitor Center for the deals.
The best view of the Park and a really great tour is at the Museum of Man… the tour of the California Tower.
The Lily Pond is the most photographed location in San Diego… for good reason.
The Botanical Building was one of the few permanent building planned for the 1915 Panama California Exposition (the start of Balboa Park).
The Rose Garden is spectacular in the Spring.
The Cactus bloom with first Spring rains.
Although the Zoo is in Balboa Park, separate admission is required. It is not included in the Park “ticket packages.” You can get information and tickets to the Zoo on-line.