Balboa Park Small Group Tour: Discover Hidden Gems
107 Ratings
San Diego
Uncover the hidden gems of Balboa Park on a small group walking tour. Explore gardens, admire architecture, learn about the park's history, and enjoy a beverage at a popular coffee cart.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Balboa Park - Balboa Park is the cultural jewel of San Diego with architecture, gardens and cultural organizations a-plenty. Keep a camera handy as there are Instagramable spots around every corner.
What's Included
  • Enjoy a complimentary beverage from a local coffee cart
  • Guided by a professional and entertaining tour guide
What's Not Included
  • Guide gratuity
Additional Information

Explore the hidden corners of splendid Balboa Park on this intimate group strolling tour of San Diego’s cultural masterpiece. You’ll encounter diverse gardens, impactful architecture, and gain insight into the park’s past as well as the cultural entities that reside in it today. Cap it all off with a drink from a popular coffee kiosk.

  • 2-hour exploration of Balboa Park on foot

  • Understand how two exhibitions moulded the park and revolutionized San Diego

  • Uncover the park’s connection to the Navy

  • Don’t forget to bring a camera as this is the city’s most photogenic tour!

  • Sample a drink from a coffee stand in the park

  • Let us know in advance if you would like an audio system.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
698 El Prado
El Prado
We meet at the Founders Statues near 698 El Prado between 6th Ave and Balboa Drive at the west entrance of Balboa Park. It's on the only corner with an incline. If using ride share services request SEFTON PLAZA as the drop off location. Otherwise you may get dropped off in the wrong place.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Feb 26, 2024
Great for locals and visitors! - This is a great tour to learn about the history and architecture of Balboa Park. Our guide, Jennifer, was knowledgeable and friendly. The walk was easy and it even included a great beverage during the short rest time! This is highly recommended for locals and visitors!
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Jan 28, 2024
Balboa Park Walking Tour - The tour was very informative. Jennifer is a great guide and very knowledgeable about the park and area. I had a great time and recommend this tour.
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Jan 20, 2024
Excellent tour! - Jennifer did an excellent job of giving us the history and taking us through the main areas of Balboa Park. We didn’t have time to do a full day so this was the perfect amount and I feel like we got a really good overview!
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Jan 18, 2024
Balboa Park - Excellent tour with Jennifer. Balboa park is beautiful and has lots of interesting history. Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable and very happy to share lots of interesting facts with everyone.
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Jan 17, 2024
Walking tour with Jennifer highly recommended! - Jennifer was an excellent tour guide! She was friendly, down-to-earth, helpful and funny! The park was a must-see, and the coffee was delicious!
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Dec 29, 2023
Balboa Park Walking Tour - We had a great walking tour of Balboa Park. Our guide, Jennifer, was very informative, nice & funny which made our time visiting the park very pleasant. Highly recommend her tours!
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Dec 13, 2023
Excellent morning! - Jennifer is such a knowledgeable guide! I learned so much about the park, museums, architecture and history. She had the whole route planned to the T and even waited for our beverages for us. An easy pace with some extra time to explore on our own.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 6, 2023
Fun & Informative Tour of Balboa Park - This was my second tour with Jennifer, who I can't recommend highly enough. She's very friendly, charming, and -- most importantly -- knowledgeable. She presented the history of the park and its architecture in an easy-to-digest and informative manner, supplementing facts and trivia with her great sense of humour. The walk itself is easy, pleasant, and casually paced. There's no better way to get acquainted with the beauty and history of Balboa Park!
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Nov 22, 2023
Touring Balboa Park with... - Touring Balboa Park with Jennifer for a couple of hours was a lovely way to spend the last morning of my brief trip to the area. She was professional yet personable and a pleasure to learn from about the history of this wonderful place. Because it was a Tuesday, many of the museums were closed. So I was extra grateful that I was able to avoid missing out on exercising my nerd muscle while visiting. I'll definitely be looking her up when I am ready to tour other places in San Diego.
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Nov 12, 2023
Sunny day 😎 - Jennifer was awesome & the tour was great & informative. I am a local & learned things I never knew before about Balboa Park. Thank you 😊
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minimum 2 guests
up to 15 guests
2 Adult
April 2024