Top Destinations in Belmont and Balboa Park
Belmont Park - Giant Dipper
Belmont Park in Mission Beach is half retro theme park and half modern hangout. Constructed in 1925, the park still has some of the original architecture along with old-fashioned carnival rides and arcades. It is also home to simulated wave machines, nightclubs and eight restaurants. One of the last beach and boardwalk experiences left in California, with something for everyone.
Originally built in the 1920's, the wooden Giant Dipper roller coaster still offers thrilling rides and views of both Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Fully restored in 1990, the coaster still has the vintage look with modern safety standards.
Belmont Park - Park Flow Rider
The Flow Rider at the Wave House San Diego will provide you with a hang ten or boogie board experience on machine-generated waves. Located next to the Wave House Bar & Grill, friends can watch you ride a barrel as they sit back with a drink.
Belmont Park - Liberty Carousel
Transport yourself back in time when you ride the musical Liberty Carousel. This is an antique reproduction with hand-painted ceilings depicting California's colorful history.
Belmont Park - Sky Ropes Adventure
For those who like a shot of adrenaline, try the Sky Ropes Adventure. A rope course, suspended high above the ground, climbers of all ages will be able to challenge themselves in a tropical setting.
Belmont Park - The Plunge
Take a trip back in time with The Plunge, Southern California's largest indoor heated pool. Located in a Spanish Renaissance style building, the pool and the Giant Dipper roller coaster are the only two remaining structures from the original Belmont Park.
There is no place in the world like Balboa Park. Filled with museums, manicured gardens and historic buildings, you could spend all day here and still want to come back the next day for more. Museums cover everything from the fine arts to scientific discoveries and technology to sports. There will be something for everyone here, whether you like architecture, automobiles or natural history.
Balboa Park - Gardens
The Park has eight gardens that will transport you to a different part of the world. The Japanese Friendship Garden is a gorgeous two acre garden with a winding path leading to koi ponds, bonsai trees and traditional Japanese architecture.
Balboa Park - Mingei International Museum
The Mingei International Museum is dedicated to folk art, craft and design and has one of the best museum gift shops around. They have everything from Tibetan house wares to Peruvian textiles and their book selection has something for everyone: from children to teenagers to adults.
Balboa Park - Museum of Man
The Museum of Man is located in a Spanish-Colonial church built in 1915. The architecture alone is worth a visit to Balboa Park; ornate carvings and sculptures adorn the building's facade.
Balboa Park - Old Globe
There are several performance spaces in Balboa Park, but the most impressive is the Old Globe. Made up of three different stages, the Old Globe is home to one of the world's best Shakespearean festivals.
Balboa Park - El Prado
If your time is limited be sure you take a walk along the main street, El Prado, before anything else. You will stroll along the tree lined pathway and past gorgeous Spanish Baroque revival buildings, carved fountains and botanical gardens.
Balboa Park - San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo, with their exotic creatures and animal rehabilitation programs. Before you go be sure to check their website to see the newest baby animals at the zoo.
Balboa Park - Spreckels Organ Pavillion
The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is a beautiful outdoor performance space that houses one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs. There are free organ concerts on Sunday.