Whether you’re a San Diego resident or visiting for the day, the Balboa Park Explorer Pass is the best way to make the most out of your Balboa Park experience!

The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass provides general admission to 16 participating venues in Balboa Park for 365 days from the date of purchase. As an Annual Passholder, not only do you save annually on regular admission to Balboa Park venues, you also receive exclusive offers, newsletters, events, and discounts!

The Explorer Limited Pass provides one admission to your choice of up to four (4) participating venues. Pass is valid for one day only, on the day of first use.

The Explorer Parkwide Pass provides one admission to each of the 16 participating venues. Pass is valid for seven (7) consecutive days, beginning with the day of first use.

  • What venues are included with the Balboa Park Explorer Pass?

    Centro Cultural de la Raza

    Fleet Science Center

    ICA San Diego

    Japanese Friendship Garden & Museum

    Mingei International Museum

    Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art

    Museum of Us

    San Diego Air and Space Museum

    San Diego Automotive Museum

    San Diego History Center

    San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    San Diego Natural History Museum

    The San Diego Museum of Art

    Timken Museum of Art

    The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

    WorldBeat Center

  • What perks are offered with the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?

    Complimentary or discounted admission to select special events and special exhibitions.

    Explorer Experiences – exclusive events, behind-the-scenes access, tours, and more.

    Special prices for tickets to the Fleet Dome Theater for IMAX documentary films and the
    California Tower Tour at the Museum of Us! Plus discounted tickets at the Marston House Museum and 10% off purchases at the United Nations Gift Shop.

    Exclusive Explorer monthly newsletters.

    The knowledge that you’re supporting the arts and culture organizations you love most!

  • What are the age restrictions for each Pass type?

    Explorer Limited and Parkwide Adult Pass is for ages 12+

    Explorer Limited and Parkwide Youth Pass is for ages 3 – 11

    Explorer Annual Pass

    Family: Up to any 2 named adults and up to any 4 named children, ages 3 – 17

    Adult: Ages 18+

    Senior: Ages 65+

    College Student: College/University student w/ valid ID

    Youth: Ages 3 – 17 (Available online soon! Purchase over the phone today!)

  • Are there blackout dates?

    No, Balboa Park Explorer Passes will be accepted during all regular venue operating hours. Exclusions may apply for special events or special exhibitions. Please visit each venue’s website for current hours or scheduled closures.

  • I have more questions! Where can I find out more?

    Visit Explorer.BalboaPark.org to learn more about the Balboa Park Explorer Pass, read our full FAQ list, discover community programs, and buy your Pass today!


There's always something new to experience at the Park! Check out the festivals, tours, concerts, and events scheduled all year long.