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Plaza de Panama is at the center of some very exciting museums and cultural experiences.

Plaza de Panama is at the center of some very exciting museums and cultural experiences.

Balboa Park Invites Guests To Visit During Bridge Retrofit

While Balboa Park’s 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge (which connects Laurel Street to the Park) undergoes renovations, it will be closed to automobiles, but pedestrians may still easily visit the newly dubbed Balboa Park West End, which provides San Diegans and visitors great opportunities for entertainment and discovery. Balboa Park West End comprises Mingei International Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, The Old Globe and Timken Museum of Art.

Alternate parking/transportation options will be available in the west end during construction. Easy parking can be found on the west side of the bridge on Balboa Drive or Sixth Avenue, just a short walk across the iconic bridge towards Plaza de Panama and the historic views of the California Tower and Dome. Parking will also be available on the east side of Balboa Park near Park Boulevard.

A new, free tram system is also available to guests. The vehicles depart from Tram Central, next to the large parking lots near Inspiration Point (east of Park Boulevard at Presidents Way). They operate daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., leave every 10 to 12 minutes, and follow a loop route, taking passengers to a drop-off station in the Plaza de Panama, just seconds from all the museums and theatres in Balboa Park West End.

The new “Balboa Park Explorer” pass – good for unlimited annual admission to 17 of the park’s attractions – can also be used to visit four of the west end institutions. For more information on current exhibits, shows and happenings, visit BPWestEnd.org.

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