Balboa Park began as 1400 acres of land set aside in 1868 by San Diego civic leaders. Known then as “City Park”, the scrub-filled mesa that overlooked present day Downtown San Diego sat without formal landscaping or development for more than 20 years.(Today the Park’s total land parcel has been reduced to 1,200 acres.)
Your Park, Your Pass. There are so many ways to explore Balboa Park. The Balboa Park Explorer provides the best opportunity to visit Balboa Park museums and institutions with a series of passes. Choose from the Annual, One-Day or Multi-Day Explorer.