Historical Tours 

The Balboa Park Visitors Center offers a FREE guided tour of Balboa Park’s Central Mesa every Tuesday and Friday at 11am. The tour meets in front of the Visitors Center, located in the House of Hospitality at 1549 El Prado. 

Tours cover the history of Balboa Park, information on many of the historic buildings and gardens, and current park happenings. If you’re just starting your experience at Balboa Park or want to learn even more, the Visitors Center tour is the perfect opportunity to get to know Balboa Park even better.

NEW Botanical Tours

A special monthly tour will focus on the park’s unique biodiversity and highlight various horticultural wonders. Led by Forever Balboa Park volunteer and horticultural enthusiast Bill Edwards, the free tours take place on the second Saturday of each month at 10am and leave from the Visitors Center. The first one explores the many trees on the El Prado that provide the backdrop to Balboa Park’s historic cultural district.
  • October – Trees on the El Prado – The Heart of Balboa Park
    Explore the many trees from around the world that provide the backdrop to “The Jewel of San Diego” – Balboa Park. Many of the trees have become so beloved that they now decorate the gardens and streets of San Diegans throughout the country and are even found throughout the coastal areas of Southern California. What are they, how did they get here, why are they so successful, and what are their historical stories.

  • November – Alcazar Garden

    The history of Alcazar Garden with its permanent and changing flora.

  • December – Monumental Trees of Balboa Park

    Trees that have monument status in the State of California – ‘Guinness book of record flora’ that are frequently noted on the internet as lists of amazing trees.

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