Don't miss Balboa Park's must-see west end museums and theatre.Artifacts to actors. Mummies to muses.

The amazing museums and awesome theatre in the west end are true gems of Balboa Park. There is something for everyone – modern, contemporary and folk art; anthropology, archaeology, and human culture; craft and design; European and American masterpieces; spectacular indoor and outdoor theatre – and more. Check out the exhibits and plays happening now!

Walk, bike, bus, trolley, or drive.There are countless ways to get here.

Best access to the Park and West End attractions is via Park Boulevard. Tram hours have been extended and run daily from parking areas at Inspiration Point, on Pan American Plaza and behind the Hall of Champions. Hours of operation are Monday 9am-6pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 9am-10pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am-11p.m.


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If you're coming by car, use Park Boulevard to avoid Cabrillo Bridge, which is closed to automobiles during renovation. If you're coming by foot or bicycle, the bridge is still a good option.

Getting to Balboa Park by Car

Southbound from I-5

Take the 10th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn left on "A" Street and left again on Park Blvd. Follow signs to Balboa Park.

Northbound from I-5

Take the Pershing Drive/B Street exit off I-5 to Pershing Drive. Take Pershing and then turn left on Florida Drive. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Left on Park Blvd.

Southbound from Hwy. 163

Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy. 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.

Getting to Balboa Park using Public Transportation

Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from downtown and Mission Valley.

  • Print out a handy map of the bus and trolley systems servicing downtown, the airport, and Balboa Park.
  • Review the times for Route 120 (Fashion Valley) and Route 7 (Smart Corner), the two main bus routes through Balboa Park
  • For information and custom transportation routes to Balboa Park, visit San Diego Commute or dial 511. You can select transit routes that are the fastest, have the fewest transfers, or have the least walking.

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Balboa Park map of attractions

Balboa Park West End Map

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The Iconic Cabrillo Bridge is Turning 100 Years Old

Sometimes referred to as the Laurel Street Bridge, our historic western access is being renovated for its anniversary and is open only to foot traffic from January to April.