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Guide to Downtown San Diego Parks

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San Diego is known for its exemplary zoo, beautiful beaches, and mild climate, but it also has some very good parks located amid the hustle and bustle of downtown’s concrete jungle. If you haven’t visited one of these parks, Pacific Inn & Suites – a popular downtown San Diego hotel, recommends you add it to your bucket list, whether you live in San Diego or are just visiting.

Pantoja Park
Built in 1850, this is officially the city’s oldest park. Nestled in the southwest part of downtown San Diego, this 1-acre park emits the feeling of a Latin American Plaza complete with a statue of Benito Juarez in the middle of the park. It’s especially nice for dog lovers and for those who appreciate a little bit of solitude in a bustling city. The green trees and grass is a welcome site amidst all the concrete.

Petco Park
Home of the San Diego Padres, this new ballpark recently opened its gates in 2004.  Grab a lawn seat and enjoy an MLB game from a blanket under the blue San Diego sky or take a stroll through the park and have a picnic, or play a little ball on their miniature field that is open to the public. This ballpark has been upgrading and adding acclaimed establishments like Stone and Phil’s BBQ to please baseball fans on game day.

Balboa Park
This is where you’ll find the magnificent San Diego Zoo, the Botanical Building and the California Bell Tower. This urban cultural park has been rated as one of the top ten parks in the United States for good reason. Inside Balboa Park there are over 15 museums and theaters, plus the Pepper Grove Children’s Playground. There are also over 16 unique gardens, including the famous Japanese Friendship Garden.

While the Gaslamp Quarter city life can be thrilling, it’s also nice to step away from the crowded streets to stop and smell the roses at one of these beautiful and unique parks. All of these locations have plenty of places for picnics, play and physical activity like running or walking if you so desire. To have easy access to these downtown parks, be sure to book a convenient and affordable hotel room at the San Diego Pacific Inn located near the Gaslamp Quarter. Call (619) 232-6391 to inquire about rates, reservations and exclusive discounts.

 

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