Directions and Parking
Cabrillo Bridge Has Reopened to All Vehicles
The 100-year-old Cabrillo Bridge, also known as the Laurel Street Bridge, has undergone an extensive renovation and resurfacing and is now open to all vehicles.
However, be sure to check the latest traffic alerts so that you are up-to-date on parking, drop-offs, valet service, deliveries, special events, and overall park access, including possible road closures.
When driving to the San Diego Museum of Man, the closest place to park is on Balboa Drive or Sixth Avenue on the west side of the Cabrillo Bridge, just off of Laurel Street. Pay attention to signs: on some stretches, parking is not allowed before 10 a.m. for street-cleaning on different days.
Coming from the west, Laurel Street changes to El Prado as it enters Balboa Park across the historic Cabrillo Bridge. The San Diego Museum of Man is in the California Building, a San Diego landmark with its tower and tiled dome, located at the east end of Cabrillo Bridge at the entrance to Balboa Park.
There is also abundant parking in other parts of the park, such as Inspiration Point, behind Spreckels Organ Pavilion, east of the Hall of Champions, and in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Those parking lots are accessible by entering the park via Park Boulevard.
Valet parking is sometimes offered in front of the House of Hospitality and The Prado restaurant in the Plaza de Panama.
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Arriving via Automobile
Via Sixth Avenue
Take Sixth Avenue north to Robinson Avenue or University Avenue. Turn right to Park Boulevard Go south on Park Boulevard to Balboa Park. Or, take Sixth Avenue south to A Street. Turn left on A Street to Park Boulevard, then turn left on Park Boulevard.
Southbound from I-5
Take the 10th Avenue exit off I-5. Turn left on A Street and left again on Park Boulevard. Follow signs to Balboa Park.
Northbound from I-5
Take the Pershing Drive/B Street exit off I-5 to Pershing Drive. Take Pershing and then turn left on Florida Drive. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Boulevard, then left on Park Boulevard.
Southbound from Highway 163
Take the Park Boulevard exit off Highway 163. Turn left on Park Boulevard, then follow the signs to Balboa Park.
Taking Public Transit
The Metropolitan Transit System buses 3, 7, 120, and Rapid 215 serve stops on the east and west sides of Balboa Park. To enter from the Park's west side, take bus Routes 3 or 120 (which travel on 4th and 5th Avenues) to the stop on Laurel Street, and then walk east on Laurel Street, past 6th Avenue to El Prado which goes over the historic Cabrillo Bridge. The Museum of Man will be on your left side after crossing the bridge. Routes 7 and Rapid 215 operate on Park Boulevard on the Park's east side and stop both at the stop by the Rose Garden (Route 7) and the San Diego Zoo (Rapid 215 and Route 7). From either stop, cross Park Boulevard and into the Park to El Prado and continue to walk west. The Museum of Man will be on the right after you pass the Old Globe Theater. MTS routes to Balboa Park connect with all MTS Trolley Lines and most other MTS Bus and Rapid Routes. In downtown San Diego, Rapid 215 is an easy connection from Amtrak and COASTER trains at the Santa Fe Depot and the Cruise Ship Terminal. For MTS fare and schedule information visit www.sdmts.com.
Take the Balboa Park Tram
We encourage visitors to use the free Balboa Park tram, which will take you from parking lots at Inspiration Point, behind Spreckels Organ Pavilion, east of the Hall of Champions, or in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. To get to the San Diego Museum of Man, ride the tram to the stop in front of the statue of El Cid near the House of Hospitality and the House of Charm. The Museum is a short walk down El Prado, west toward the Cabrillo Bridge. The tram runs every eight minutes and travels in a loop through the Park.
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