Balboa Park, San Diego
This is part 2 of 3 birthday weekend posts, and you just might come away with some ideas if you’re wondering what to do for a couple days in San Diego. After we attempted to camp in Carlsbad , we headed further south toward downtown SD to spend some time wandering around Balboa Park.
There are many gardens at Balboa Park, and entrance is free! (This is something kind of rare down in Southern Ca, people). We made it through a few of the gardens and took plenty of pictures. PS: If anyone knows the name of the flower above, could ya let me know? I’m pretty curious.
The butterflies gave us a show and posed for us in the Zoro Garden
Tim and I love all things tropical (well maybe not tropical bugs or tropical diseases, but luckily there weren’t any of those around), so wandering through the Botanical Building was a treat. This is what the Botanical Building looks like from the outside:
Here’s the view through my camera lens… (Yes mom, he’s wearing the shirt you got him for his birthday. He wore it all weekend…)
And here’s the view through Tim’s camera lens…
Inside the building are so many beautiful and unique plants. I won’t make you look at them all, but here are some favorites.
These ones (below) eat bugs…
There are a bajillion or so museums at Balboa Park . Even though the entrance fees were reasonable (average $5-$10), we didn’t visit any on this particular trip (There’s only so much you can do in a couple days!). We did, however, marvel at the interesting and intricate architecture of the buildings.
Most of the buildings had some sort of tile work with this pretty blue, yellow, and white tile. It made everything seem fresh and summery and beachy.
If you like to people-watch, just station yourself next to the fountain at Balboa Park. It was a warmish day (probably somewhere in the 90s), so the kids were stripping off the layers and jumping into the fountain. Tim and I were pretty surprised that the security didn’t make them get out, because you get used to rules and regulations about everything when you live in the city. The kiddos were obviously having fun running around and playing in the water in their super-hero and disney princess undies. 🙂
Personally, this is my favorite person to watch. I never get tired of people-watching when he’s in my line of sight.
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