Last Sunday we went down to Balboa Park to have lunch and a stroll with my parents and Grace. The park is so beautiful in the spring with all the flowers blooming. We went on a Sunday, but would highly recommend going during the week to avoid crowds. There is so much to do from museums and restaurants, to playgrounds and gardens – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
We stopped and had lunch at Panama 66. Snacking on the cheese plate and sipping on the white wine sangria while sitting in the San Diego sunshine was perfection. Their rotating craft beer selection is always great too, according to Bryan. There is a lovely open grassy area where you can relax, have drinks, and let the kids play. Bring a blanket to sit on if you plan to stay a while!
The Prado is my favorite place for dinner or a date night inside Balboa Park. When Bryan and I lived in Banker’s Hill we would walk to the Prado from our apartment, sit under the cafe lights on their patio, and enjoy delicious food and a glass of wine. The setting is beautiful and romantic. Oh, life before babies 🙂
There are several museums to explore throughout the park, and on Tuesdays they offer free general admission on a rotating basis for San Diego residents. Don’t forget to bring your I.D. and check out the residents free days.
The Botanical Building
The Botanical Building is a must see in my opinion. It is free to the public Friday-Wednesday, but closed on Thursdays and holidays. The Lily pond and Lagoon is a fun stop for the little ones to check out the fish and ducks, and of course, a perfect spot for a photo.
Spanish Village Art Center
This is a quaint colorful village of over 200 hundred local artisans. The colorful tiles and charming buildings that surround the courtyard are definitely worth seeing. You can walk through it if you’re crossing through the park from El Prado to the Zoo and over to the 1910 Balboa Park Carousel and Miniature Train.
Parks and Things for Kiddos
Parking can be very tricky, especially on the weekends, so make sure to check out a parking map before you visit. And definitely bring a stroller for your little one!
Go for a Stroll
Strolling (or chasing my toddler) down the main street, El Prado, while taking in the sights and people watching is my favorite. The architecture is beautiful. Still on my bucket list is renting a Double Surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals.
Go spend an afternoon, have fun and enjoy before the summer crowds roll in! Also, shop our outfits below!
And in case you missed it…
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