Balboa Park, San Diego Overview

Originally known as the “City Park”, Balboa Park was renamed after Vasco Núñez de Balboa, a renowned Spanish explorer. The historic urban park is where art and culture meet, where nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and art lovers find a slice of paradise. Sprawled across an area of about 1200 acres, the lush park is home to numerous museums, the famous San Diego Zoo, picturesque gardens, several theatres, and over 60 miles of paths. In addition, it is dotted with souvenir shops, restaurants, and other recreational facilities.

Encompassed by Upas Street in the north, Sixth Avenue in the west, Russ Boulevard in the south, and 28th Street in the east, the rectangular park is a primary attraction in the city. Two north-south canyons, namely the Florida Canyon and Cabrillo Canyon, separate Balboa Park into 3 mesas. In 1977, the glorious park, along with its historic Exposition buildings, was listed as a National Historic Landmark. To this day, Balboa Park remains ethnically diverse and culturally rich, with immense historical significance and an enchanting view. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city, drawing in people from places near and far. 

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