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Top Reasons to Go to Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo: San Diego's best-loved attraction, the world-renowned zoo, is set amidst spectacular scenery in the heart of Balboa Park.

Museums galore: Automobiles and spacecraft, international folk art and Baroque masters, dinosaur fossils and mummified humans—there is something for everyone at Balboa Park's many museums.

The great outdoors: Escape down a hiking trail, try your hand at a new sport, or just soak in the sunshine from your own stretch of grass. You may even forget you are in the middle of the city.

Gorgeous gardens: From the lush tropical feel of the Botanical Building to the refined design of the Rose Garden, Balboa Park's intricate gardens and landscaping are sure to delight.

Free cultural events: The park is full of freebies, from weekly concerts at the organ pavilion to annual events like Earth Day and December Nights.

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