The Private Balboa Park Tour

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San Diego, US
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Experience the captivating beauty and rich history of Balboa Park with a private tour. This 2-hour adventure takes you through the 1,200-acre cultural icon, declared a National Historic Landmark District. Marvel at the impressive Botanical Building and Lily Pond, with its breathtaking water lilies and lotus. Discover the Spanish Village Art Center, a hidden gem showcasing local art in a charming courtyard setting. Immerse yourself in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden, an expression of cultural exchange. Pass by the fascinating Museum of Us, offering unique exhibits exploring human history and culture. Explore the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, with over 1,600 stunning roses. And get a sneak peek of the upcoming Comic-Con Museum, celebrating the world of comics and popular arts. With a knowledgeable guide and luxury vehicle, this private tour ensures a personalized and unforgettable experience in one of San Diego's most iconic destinations.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 2-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore 1,200-acre cultural icon
  • Visit Spanish Village Art Center
  • Experience Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Discover unique exhibits at Museum of Us
  • See the iconic Botanical Building and Lily Pond
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Round Trip Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Narration by professional guide
  • Bottled Water and Small Snacks
  • Transportation by Mercedes Sprinter
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees to attractions, unless specified

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Experience the hidden gems of San Diego's Balboa Park with the Private Balboa Park Tour. This 2-hour adventure takes you through the 1,200-acre cultural icon that boasts stunning gardens, monumental architecture, and a rich history. Declared a National Historic Landmark District, Balboa Park is a cultural mecca that invites exploration and provides a feast for the senses. With a private guide by your side, you'll gain insight into the park's fascinating heritage and discover its hidden treasures.

What to expect?

During the Private Balboa Park Tour, you can expect to be amazed by the diverse features and landmarks in the park. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the botanical gardens, where you'll marvel at the vibrant colors and scents of the flora. Explore the Spanish Village Art Center and be transported to a charming old village in Spain. Immerse yourself in tranquility as you pass by the Japanese Friendship Garden, a symbol of friendship between San Diego and Yokohama. The tour also takes you past the Museum of Us, showcasing unique exhibits that delve into cultural anthropology. Don't miss the iconic Botanical Building and Lily Pond, a photographer's paradise.

Who is this for?

The Private Balboa Park Tour is suitable for everyone who seeks to discover the cultural and natural wonders of San Diego. Whether you're a history buff, art enthusiast, or nature lover, this tour caters to all interests. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will find enjoyment in this immersive experience. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Balboa Park and its myriad attractions with a private guide who can cater to your specific interests and curiosities.

Why book this?

Embark on the Private Balboa Park Tour for an exclusive and personalized exploration of one of San Diego's greatest treasures. With a private guide, you'll have the freedom to delve deeper into the park's offerings, ask questions, and customize the experience to your liking. No need to worry about transportation, as luxury vehicles will take you from your hotel to Balboa Park. As you journey through the park, enjoy complimentary bottled water and snacks. This private tour ensures an intimate and immersive experience, allowing you to discover the lesser-known aspects of Balboa Park and create lasting memories.

Good to know:

When booking the Private Balboa Park Tour, keep in mind that it has a total duration of 120 minutes. The meeting point is located inside a brick-lined courtyard next to the Horton Plaza parking garage. If you have any inquiries or need assistance with parking, you can contact Another Side Tours at 1-619-239-2111. Prepare to be amazed by the variety of cultural institutions, gardens, and museums within Balboa Park. Take your time to soak in the beauty of the Botanical Building and its renowned Lily Pond. Marvel at the grandeur of the California Tower and enjoy the whimsical melodies of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore Balboa Park from an insider's perspective, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience.


Travelers who have embarked on the Private Balboa Park Tour have been captivated by the park's splendor and the expertise of their private guides. They rave about the personalized attention and in-depth knowledge provided, allowing them to appreciate the park's history and significance on a deeper level. Visitors are particularly impressed by the stunning botanical gardens and highly recommend capturing photos of the iconic Lily Pond. The tour's inclusivity and flexibility make it appealing to a wide range of travelers, ensuring an engaging and enjoyable experience for all. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Balboa Park with a private guide.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Balboa Park

(Pass by)

Where culture, science, and nature collide, Balboa Park is home to more than 16 museums, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions. A variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, there is something for everyone. Home of the San Diego Zoo. (Something to see another time).

Spanish Village Art Center

(Pass by)

San Diego’s coveted secret for art lovers at Spanish Village Art Center. Located between the Zoo and theNAT these quaint buildings and colorful courtyard were originally built in 1935. They depicted a charming old village in Spain for the second California Pacific International Exposition.

Japanese Friendship Garden

(Pass by)

The Japanese Friendship Garden ("JFG") is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama.

Museum of Us

(Pass by)

Specializing in cultural anthropology, the Museum of Us explores the human experience from multicultural perspectives to spark dialogue, self-reflection, and human connections. During your visit, you’ll explore a variety of unique, interactive exhibits that cover a vast range of human history and culture.

Botanical Building and Lily Pond

The Botanical Building with the Lily Pond and Lagoon in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park. The Lily Pond, built as a reflecting pool for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition features annual plantings of water lilies and lotus. The plantings inside of the Botanical Building include orchid displays, cycads and palms, a scratch-and-sniff garden, and seasonal displays.

Admission Not Included

San Diego Natural History Museum

(Pass by)

The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat). From rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to dinosaurs and fossils, to historic archives and art, there’s something for every type of nature nerd here at the home of one the oldest biological research centers in the region. Visitors will be impressed by the unique, interactive exhibitions that span across five floors. The museum features a giant-screen theater with daily showings, as well as rotating exhibitions that bring nature to life.

Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden

(Pass by)

The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden contains more than 1,600 roses including Hybrid Teas, Florabundas, Grandifloras, Miniature Shrubs, and Old Roses.

Comic-con Museum

(Pass by)

The Comic-Con Museum will encourage an appreciation of comics and related popular arts through exhibits, programs and events drawn from across the Comic-Con universe. Considered the cultural heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is already home to numerous museums, galleries and theaters along with the famous San Diego Zoo. Now, with the help of the City of San Diego, CCI is in the process of converting the 1935 Federal Building into what is planned to be a world-class museum by day, and a very unique fan community venue by night.

California Tower

The California Tower, the soaring, intricately detailed, portion of the California Building, is an icon of San Diego, and can be seen from miles around. The building houses the San Diego Museum of Us. The nearly 200-foot-tall Tower and Dome of the California Building are covered with intricate carvings, colorful tile, and glass beads.

Admission Not Included

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

(Pass by)

This unique organ contains more than 5,000 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet and is the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. The Spreckels Organ is housed in an ornate vaulted structure with highly embellished gables.

Old Globe Theatre

(Pass by)

Modeled after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London, the Old Globe. Theatre was built in 1935 for the presentation of abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays as part of the California Pacific International Exposition.



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We did the 2.5 hour Segway tour of Balboa Park. It was fantastic! Mari Ridenour was a great tour guide, fun, nice, and informative. Segways are a great way to see the huge and wonderful Balboa Park. On a Segway you can see so much of the park. Highly recommend!

Bill H

We have been on eight Segway tours ( Orlando, Tempe, LaJolla, Sedona [2 times], Monterey, Vail, and recently Balboa Park.) We highly recommend the Balboa Park tour with Adam as the guide. The park itself is outstanding, but Adam’s expert commentary and pleasant attitude made it all the more fun.


Judy told us so many things about the Balboa Park. Was a great experience to spent at least two hours in the park.


Took my 13 year old son to do a Segway tour. It was a last minute booking and the owner was fabulous. He accommodated us right away and got us a great tour with Amy. She was kind and patient with us as we learned to navigate the Segway. Then we were off and the trip was awesome! She knew all about the park and it's history. She was even able to point us in the direction of some cool stuff to do the next day. Cannot wait to go back and do another tour.


The guide provided good service- as much as he could include in 2 hrs total tour time. This tour needs to be longer, or not to be priced this high.


My adult daughter and I spent 5 days in San Diego. We wanted to explore lots of aspects of the city. We did a private tour of Balboa Park with Jeff. He was timely, friendly, helpful and oh, so knowledgeable! On our drive from our hotel to the park, Jeff shared all sorts of info with us. The park is AMAZING! There are so many museums, historic buildings, gardens, shopping, restaurants and just beautiful spots to observe. Jeff was really terrific in terms of getting us around the park and explaining about buildings and locations in the park, and just generally sharing info. When the tour was completed, we decided we wanted to stay in the park, so Jeff helped us figure out what we'd do and how to get around on foot. We had a fabulous day at Balboa Park thanks to Jeff and we highly recommend the tour.


Mari was a great tour guide! She was hilarious and a human encyclopedia of San Diego. She answered all our questions and made our tour very enjoyable. Highly recommend Mari and the private Balboa Park Segway!


We booked a private tour for 3 people (two over 60!) and we had a fantastic experience! Jeff was kind, hilarious, and made sure we felt safe every step of the way. We're naturally an accident-prone group and poor Jeff had to deal with a number of self-inflicted "unplanned dismounts", BUT we had the time of our life and we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Balboa park was gorgeous, the pictures we got were great (and hilarious), and the whole experience enhanced our weekend get-away to San Diego.


Jeff was so patient during our Segway training/ introduction and knowledgeable throughout the park! Two hours flew by ... it always does when you are having fun! I highly recommend this tour and company. Ask for Kenneth to book - he’s awesome! Can’t wait to get back on a Segway again!


Second time doing this tour but just as much fun. Drew was a fabulous guide. A visit to San Diego would not be the same without a tour with Another Side Tours. You never disappoint. Glad we could introduce Drew to something new too, the blended iced drinks in Balboa Park are out of this world!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-25 13:46