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Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide to America's Finest Park
by Pam Crooks
  • How to visit on a budget
  • How to get the most out of your Zoo visit
  • Most romantic places
  • Suggested itineraries
  • What's special for children
  • Where to find gardens, groves and other botanical features
  • Best places to picnic
Five minutes from the heart of the sixth largest city in the United States sits the crown jewel of San Diego. Larger than Central Park (New York)… with more cultural attractions in close proximity than the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Balboa Park has museums, performing arts companies, restaurants and cafes, gardens, fountains, nature trails and of course, the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

A Walk in Balboa Park
Self-Guided Walking Tour #1 & Walking Tour #2

Walking is one of the best things about being in Balboa Park. These convenient pocket sized books by Pam Crooks, have a handy central map and insights into the history and buildings.

Kate Sessions: Mother of Balboa Park
In this charming children’s book, author and illustrator Joy Raab tells how San Diego’s unique urban park became a botanical, as well as cultural, wonderland. Kate Sessions: Mother of Balboa Park chronicles the story of Kate’s life from her days as a student in Oakland in the late 1800s, to her proudest moment, when, at age 81, she received a medal from the American Genetic Association - first ever awarded to a woman - for her work in flower and plant introduction.

Balboa Park Map and Trail Guide

Complete map of Balboa Park shows recreation areas as well as the cultural zone. Nature trails in Florida Canyon are also shown as well as walking trails on the Park’s west side.

Balboa Park: A to Z
Balboa Park: A to Z sprang from the mind of two talented, young San Diego mothers who wished to share the colorful Park they know and love, with other children like their sons who never tire of going there.
Balboa Park: A to Z can be read to preschoolers who will delight in the drawings, while an older child, parent or grandparent can delve into the history of the place. In other words, just like the Park it describes and illustrates, “A to Z” has something for everyone!

Books about Balboa Park

Balboa Park: A to Z

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