What you'll do
This 90 minute tour will share with guests the beauty, history, and hidden gems around Balboa Park. Celebrating it's 150 year anniversary this year, Balboa Park has so much to share with guests and without someone pointing them out, you may miss the secret jewels of this beautiful park. Did you know that Balboa Park has its origins with the Panama Canal? Amongst Italian Renaissance architecture, did you know you can find corny, early century jokes and repurposed water towers? Did you know the historic park once housed a nudist colony?! All of this and more can be discovered in a fun and comprehensive tour of beautiful Balboa Park! Tour agenda (modifications welcomed and encouraged based on interests): 1. Park and meet at the Spanish Village Art Center 2. Moreton Bay Fig Tree. 3. Bea Evanson Fountain 4. Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden 5. Zoro Garden 6. Botanical Building and Lily Pond 7. May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden 8. California Tower 9. Alcazar Garden 10. El Cid Statue 11. Palm Canyon 12. House of Pacific Relations International Cottages (highlighting any specific country if desired for international visitors) 13. Spreckels Organ Pavilion 14. and everything in between!
As a San Diego native, I have extensive background with San Diego's history and intimate knowledge of the best places to visit around San Diego County. I was a tour guide and nature educator at Sea World San Diego for three years and so understand the needs of guests as well what is "tour worthy". I have travelled extensively around the United States and Internationally (Including Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Holland, Indonesia, Virgin Islands and Mexico) and love the feeling of experiencing a new place and culture. I want to help others have the same experience in my own home-town!
Water is provided but of course we encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle. We will be sure to fill up as we go!
Park maps will be provided that you can keep after the tour so you can continue exploring on your own.
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Where you'll be
Balboa Park has so many nooks and crannies and the best way to get the most out of your experience is to know what you care about. Do you love architecture, history, flowers, art, all of the above?! Based on your feedback before or during our tour, we will adjust the agenda to fit in as much interesting and juicy information as possible. In general, you can expect to see the back corridors, hidden gems, and lots of great history!
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. All ages and abilities welcome.
This will be a full experience so be ready to explore and learn. Please let me know of any physical concerns before the tour and I can happily tailor it to your needs. Kid friendly and flexible!
Tour & Hidden Secrets of Balboa Park