Balboa Park


Balboa Park is one of my favorite places to spend the day and explore. The park offers a wide variety of activities to include hiking, cycling, golfing, frisbee golf, swimming, and the world-famous San Diego zoo and Science Museum. Along with these attractions, the park boosts plenty of areas where you can park your van and spend the day lounging on the grass and watching the birds go by.  


Balboa Park is an outstanding place for any van or RNV nomad to spend the day while in San Diego. The park is 1,200 acres and located a mile from downtown San Diego.

The park has 17 museums, gardens, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, velodrome, dog park, golf course, tennis courts, and the Bud Kearns swimming pool. The park offers stunning architecture, thought-provoking exhibit installations, and cultural events throughout the year. 


The park is a great place to go on a hike or run. There are the Balboa trails to go throughout the park for anyone to enjoy. The park also includes a dog park and the Bud Kearns swimming pool.  These are both open to the public and the pool is just a small fee to enjoy.

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Frisbee Golf

Located within the park is the Morley Field Frisbee golf course. Morley Field was established by Snapper Pierson (course pro and Disc Golf Hall of Fame member) in 1978 making it one of the original disc golf courses in the world. Morley Field has a pro shop (other side of restrooms) for all of your disc golf and refreshment needs. The pro shop is loaded with food, drinks, and lots of Discs. Rental discs and color scorecards are available.

Balboa Park is a great place for any van or RV nomad to spend the day exploring and enjoying all it has to offer. It’s one of my favorite places to park in San Diego and spend the day. 


Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego Historic Park makes an excellent day trip for any van lifer looking to explore San Diego’s birthplace to eat, shop or drink tequila. Its many preserved historic buildings and museums commemorate the early days of San Diego’s town from 1820 to 1870, allowing you to visit California’s history firsthand.

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