Rules and Restrictions/FAQ

Rules and Restrictions

  • Parkwide, Limited Adult: Ages 12+
  • Parkwide, Limited Youth: Ages 3 – 11
  • Explorer Annual Pass
    • Family: Up to any 2 adults and up to any 4 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!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there discounts on the Balboa Park Explorer Pass?

The discount is already built into the price of all Explorer Pass options!

Are there any additional costs when visiting the venues in Balboa Park?

Occasionally, a venue will feature a special exhibition that requires an additional admission fee. Here are some special exhibitions and experiences requiring an additional fee:

*Additional $10 fee per person.

**Included with Limited or Parkwide Pass. Additional $9.95 fee for Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passholders.

Are there blackout dates?

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

Can I get a refund on my Balboa Park Explorer Pass?

No, all sales are final and Explorer Passes are not for resale.

How do I use my Parkwide or Limited Pass?

When purchasing online you’ll receive two emails from explorer@balboapark.org. The first is your receipt and the second will have your tickets attached. You can either print your tickets or show them on a smartphone at each museum entrance.

The Parkwide Pass provides one general admission to each participating Balboa Park venue and is valid for 7 consecutive days, beginning with first use. It is not valid for re-entry* across multiple days.

The Limited Pass provides you with one general admission to up to 4 of the participating venues, valid on the day of first use only. 

*Check with the museum for same-day re-entry privileges.

What is the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?

The Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass provides general admission to 16 venues in Balboa Park, for 365 days from the date of purchase. As an Annual Passholder, you gain access to newsletters that include recommendations and announcements about happenings in the Park and exclusive invitations to monthly special events, providing a truly unique behind-the-scenes look into Balboa Park.

Can I upgrade my Parkwide or Limited Pass to an Annual Pass?

No, all sales are final.

Is the Explorer Annual Pass a membership?

No, the Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass is a discounted general admission ticket, valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

Are guest passes included in the Explorer Annual Pass?

No, each individual Annual Passholder must be named.

Can I transfer or upgrade my Explorer Annual Pass?

No, all sales are final. Balboa Park Explorer Annual Passes are non-transferable, non-refundable, and cannot be upgraded. If you renew your Balboa Park Annual Pass, you will have the option to replace names and change your Pass type.

Who qualifies for a College Student Annual Pass?

The College Student Annual Pass is for college/university students with a valid student ID. The Passholder must present their student ID and Explorer Annual Pass when entering a venue. It is also required to have a school name on file.

What happens if I come to Balboa Park and I’ve forgotten my Balboa Park Explorer pass?

For the best visitor experience, we encourage you to ALWAYS keep your Balboa Park Explorer Pass with you!  However, if you have forgotten your Pass, please stop by the Balboa Park Visitors Center, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, or San Diego Natural History Museum to pick up a Temporary Pass for the day.

What happens if I lose my Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass?

If you lose your Balboa Park Explorer Annual Pass, there is a $5 reprint fee per Pass. To request a replacement, give us a call at (619) 232-7502, option 2.

Is the San Diego Zoo included with the Balboa Park Explorer Pass?

No, the San Diego Zoo is not included with any Explorer Pass options.

NOTE: The Parkwide Pass w/ Zoo (formerly Explorer Combo Pass) has been temporarily paused.

Valid vouchers will still be honored. Please contact us via email at explorer@balboapark.org or by using Live Chat on our website for redemption options.

Can I participate in San Diego Museum Month?

No. San Diego Museum Month is a program of the San Diego Museum Council and Balboa Park Explorer does not participate. Head to their website for more info.

Can I participate in The Big Exchange?
No. The Explorer Annual Pass is not a membership and does not qualify for The Big Exchange. Head to San Diego Museum Council’s website for more info.
Can I participate in Kids Free in October?

No. The Explorer Parkwide and Limited Pass are discounted tickets and do not count as full-priced admission to the venues as required by Kids Free October rules and regulations. Head to San Diego Museum Council’s website for more info.

Not finding the answer to your question?

Use the Live Chat feature at the bottom right of this page to speak with a representative during regular business hours or submit a ticket after hours and a representative will reply the following day.

General Disclaimer 

All sales are final; non-refundable and non-transferable. Passes are not for resale. All passes have no blackout dates. Passes must be used within one (1) year of purchase date and are not valid for select events, special exhibitions, and programs. Before visiting, please contact the participating venues or check their websites for more information on hours, closures, additional events, special exhibitions, and film costs.