Balboa Park. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous place this is! Considering that I live in a city that is covered with sagebrush and cacti, this is botanical heaven! What is known to be the "Central Park" of San Diego, Balboa Park is located near downtown San Diego and is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. It is considered to be one of the most visited parks in the nation, attracting visitors with its theatre, botanical gardens, archicteture and restaurants.
Once I knew we were heading to San Diego for the weekend, I made sure we had this added to the places we wanted to visit, envisioning strolling through the park on a sunny afternoon. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect, the sky was bright blue and no clouds were in the air. Even though I love plants and flowers, the architecture is what really got me. The buildings here are absolutely STUNNING, and transport you back to a street in the middle of Madrid. Every single building, whether it be a chapel or a simple pillar, was adorned with intricate details and designs by people who's hands surely did not slack off while creating such beauty! We spent the day strolling through, enjoying the weather, the people, and the street performers outside the Casa de Balboa.
Getting there was another story,we didn't exactly know where the park was, but knew it's vicinity, and since we were staying in downtown, figured walking was our best bet. It was a lot more walking than we were used to, but enjoyed strolling through the surrounding neighborhoods while sipping on some horchata. (We even raced up and down some hills to make it more interesting) As we were heading back out, we people-watched by the dog park (which was located on Balboa Dr and El Prado) and loved how the owners let their dogs interact with each other. All in all, if you are heading down to the city with amazing weather all year round, make sure you stop by this amazing park!