Balboa Park: Japanese Friendship Garden

Looking to create a moment, get tan, and possibly burn some calories at the same time? Check out Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, California.

Their website describes the park perfectly:

Ever changing. Always amazing.  Where culture, science, and nature collide, Balboa Park is home to more than 16 museums, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, there is something for everyone.

My friend Mandy and I were desperately craving some outdoor activity while we were in San Diego this past April. It was currently snowing back on the East Coast, so we needed to take advantage of the warm weather. We decided to come to Balboa Park. After doing some research, it was clear there was plenty to do. Whether you want to stick with the tourists and follow guided tours, or you want to explore yourself, there is nothing holding you back.

We decided to walk through the Japanese Friendship Garden. For only a 10$ admission fee (for adults. Kids, students and Seniors is $8) you were able to explore the man made oasis. With flowers everywhere, and rivers running down the beautiful California hills, this garden was the perfect spot to experience some peace.


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