Get ready to board a colorful historic trolley and take a 30-minute drive through beautiful downtown San Diego to Balboa Park. Along the way, your friendly conductor will point out highlights such as the charming Seaport Village on the bay, the massive Convention Center, the architecturally fascinating Horton Plaza outdoor shopping mall and the historic Gaslamp Quarter, which features Victorian-era architecture. You will step off the trolley in the heart of Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park. The park’s Visitor Center has all the information you need (brochures, maps, dining advice, etc.) for you to enjoy your self-guided visit to this 1,200-acre park that is home to 17 museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens, the San Diego Zoo and more! Your excursion includes admission to four museums of your choice. There's an international museum, a museum of photographic arts, a science center, an air and space center, an automotive museum, a model railroad museum, a sports museum, a natural history museum, a veterans museum and several museums of art — there is something for every taste! All museums are child-friendly, and the shops are open to the public without having to pay museum admission. Amusement attractions include the 1910 Balboa Park Carousel, which features hand-carved animals; a miniature railroad; the Spanish Village Art Center; an IMAX theater; and Balboa Park's magnificent gardens. The Botanical Building is home to 2,100 permanent plants, including cycads, ferns, orchids and palms. There are more than 20 gardens, each with its own theme. The park is also home to many restaurants and cafés where you can indulge in a delicious meal or snack (at your own expense). After your visit, you’ll reboard the trolley for the scenic drive back to the pier.