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Balboa Park: Historic Highlights and Secret Spots

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  • Discover the inspiring, quirky, and fascinating history of one of the nation’s largest urban cultural parks
  • Uncover historical and architectural treasures hiding in plain sight
  • Explore a botanical garden’s vibrant collection of more than 2,100 plants
  • Learn about the early 20th century expositions that shaped Balboa Park
  • Find the best spots to photograph Balboa Park’s beautiful Spanish colonial revival architecture


"What a good tour! Jennifer is very knowledgeable and entertaining, and I learned a lot about the history of the park, its beginnings, its architecture. My favorite part was finding the Spanish Village Art Center, an area of the park I had never seen, despite several previous visits. I think my return visits will be more rewarding thanks to her insights and tips. I highly recommend this tour."
-Anna G.


"Jennifer was super knowledgeable and fun to tour with. We learned so much about old town and San Diego in general. The tour was intimate enough that you can ask questions without interrupting. On top of it being a great tour and a perfect day, I got a birthday toast with tequila at the end."
-Mark E.


"We had a very lovely couple of hours wandering around the Old Town area in a small group led by Jennifer. She's unique and great company; funny, dry, inclusive and very knowledgeable. It's great when you get a guide with a passion for a place. By the time we parted we felt like new friends. You get to taste fresh Tortillas, tequila and tacos, hear some great stories and meet nice people. Definitely would do it again."

About Us

San Diego is more than perfect weather and sandy beaches. It’s a vibrant city with a rich heritage, world-class cultural organizations, and award-winning craft beer.

Discover the stories behind some of San Diego’s best known landmarks, and find the spots that only locals know about to take advantage of the best scenery, food, and drink the city has to offer with a local San Diego Urban Adventures’ guide.