Thanksgiving is such a special holiday. This day is a chance for families to gather, to be thankful, enjoy being with one another and to create memories. There’s really no place like home during the holidays but if you are looking to step outside before or after the feast and explore our beautiful Balboa Park, here are some fun places to visit on Thanksgiving Day:

Fleet Science Center

Experience Winter Paradice, San Diego-style, at the Fleet Science Center! Trade-in your flip-flops for lace-up skates and take a glide session on their new “ice” rink. When you’re done skating, continue the fun by jumping in the ball pit or sliding down a 31-foot slide in our adult-sized playground exhibition, Pause|Play. Get crafty with ornament making, create your own ice cream flavor in the cafe and immerse yourself in their interactive galleries. Gather your family and friends, as you don’t want to miss out on this festive adventure.


Japanese Friendship Garden

Stroll through the winding paths and lovely gardens, visit the koi pond and stop by the beautiful bonsai exhibit and the Washi (Japanese Traditional Handmade Paper) exhibit by Maki Ishiwata featuring delicately made plant figures. Take a relaxing walk in one of the best gardens in Balboa Park! The Japanese Friendship Garden is very beautiful during autumn, so come by before or after your Thanksgiving feast.


Explore more Gardens at Balboa Park!

Balboa Park is the perfect backdrop for all your memories. Take the Palm Canyon hike for lush green scenery, or visit the flower beds at the Alcazar Garden. Walk down El Prado and stop by the blooming Lily Pond. The Zoro Garden is surrounded by amazing ficus trees and makes such a perfect backdrop for any photograph! Located across Park Blvd., you’ll find the California Native Plant Garden and the Desert Garden with more than 1,300 plants from all over the world. Close by, the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose full of blooming beauty and aromas.


Spanish Village Art Center

Let the multi-colored tiles lead you into the 40 artist’s studios and galleries containing the artwork of over 200 artisans and craftspeople. Here you will everything from jewelry, photography, clay making, glass art and so much more! For nearly 80 years, Artists at the Spanish Village Art Center have been welcoming the public into their studios, sharing their work and inspiration. Most artist studios will be open from 11 am – 4 pm on Thanksgiving day.

We wish you a most wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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By Zia Sinclair Hance | Balboa Park Explorer | November