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Walking the Park

     Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States, maintaining its unique position as a place not only to exercise the body, but the mind and soul as well. Much like Europe, part of the magic happens just by getting out of your car and walking. There is a deep satisfaction that arises from slowing down and connecting with your surroundings in this way. This is what Balboa Park is all about.

Suggested itineraries:  a time-based Balboa Park sampler
(excerpted from Discover Balboa Park,  2nd Edition, © Ridgway Park Publishing)

     With 1-2 hours to spend…your best bet to get a flavor of the Park is to stroll the Prado area—from Cabrillo Bridge to the Bea Evenson Fountain (the large fountain at the east end of El Prado)—or explore the Organ Pavilion and Pan American Plaza area. Visit one of the larger museums or two smaller ones, and one garden, or the Botanical Building.

     Did you know that Balboa Park has 4 ½ miles of hiking and biking trails in Florida Canyon or that there are several hundred acres to be explored on paved walking and jogging paths on the West side?  Do you know about Gold Gulch, Palm Canyon, the Old Bridle Trail, the Marston Addition or the five miles of paved paths inside the Zoo’s boundaries?  All this and more can be found in Discover Balboa Park, 2nd Edition and in two walking guides written by the same author.  See A Walk in Balboa Park”  #1 & #2 for more info.  Also if you live near, visit frequently or participate in 10K runs in Balboa Park you must add the only complete map of Balboa Park to your collection!   It is called the Balboa Park Recreation and Trail Guide Map, costs only $3.00 by itself and is included in a pocket in the back of Discover Balboa Park.  This map looks great mounted on foam-core and hung the wall, too! 

Walking the park
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