Balboa Park Tour

California Tower now open to the public again! :)
Over a year ago while we were still in the Philippines, The Hubs was already telling me about all the places he’d take me when we get to San Diego, and one of them is the famed Balboa Park. You can’t go to San Diego and miss out on this gem.
We were considering our options regarding passes since there’s plenty of things to see and do in the area. We settled on the Multi-Day Explorer/Zoo Combo for $94 per person, which includes admission to 17 museums and the world famous San Diego Zoo. This explorer package is valid for seven consecutive days. We looked at the rates of all the museums we’re most interested in, added up everything and figured that it would be cheaper to get the multi-day pass.
Carlo and I love going to museums and art exhibits. For our honeymoon in May 2015, we went to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore to see not the beaches or do outdoorsy stuff, but to check out the museums to help us take in the culture; I was certainly thrilled to know that Balboa Park teemed with them. 
Here are some photos to give you a glimpse of our local adventure:
Places visited:
Favorite exhibits:
  • The Science Center’s National Parks Adventure at the center’s IMAX Dome Theater. DUDE. The dome experience was exhilarating and there were plenty of tear-inducing moments in the film, starting with a slow piano version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, showcases the majestic national parks of the United States and also features the environmentalist John Muir’s efforts to preserve these sites. The film was well done–from the editing, to the sound, and the additional graphics. I certainly gained a new appreciation for how grand God’s creation is, and how trivial some of life’s trouble is.
  • Monsters! and the Cannibals: Myth & Reality exhibits, which are both in the Museum of Man. Monsters is a new family exhibit and Cannibals is open through 2018. While the premise seems gory, I promise you that the Cannibals exhibit is tastefully curated. Monsters! is very interactive and I view it as an exploration of our greatest fears, putting a face to their names, and finding ways to understand and defeat them. Cannibals, on the other hand, shows us the importance of embodiment and what it means to be human; it’s quite fascinating and thought-provoking.




If you visit the Balboa Park website, there’s plenty of other attractions that I didn’t list here. But with our multi-day pass, Carlo and I made sure to visit the places/attractions we’re most interested in (which, I suppose, include monsters and cannibals. And maybe the origins of beer.)
Overall, the multi-day pass was worth it but if you want to save more money, I suggest you bring your own snacks and water to avoid spending on overpriced meals. The cafe inside the Science Center is a bit pricey, but the one inside the Hall of Champions is pretty decent in terms of quality and price despite the rundown look of the place. When in doubt, Yelp it.
We’re taking advantage of the free time on our hands. Up next on our agenda is a trip to an amusement park–the choices are Disneyland, Universal Studios (Wizarding World of Harry Potter!), or California Adventure. Legoland is also on the list even though it’s mostly targeted at kids. But I mean, come on, it’s Legoland. As for our food expeditions, I’ve been trying out local favorites and looking forward to exploring coffee shops at North Park.

California, I’m smitten. So blessed to live here. Any favorite spots that I should go to next? 

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