Frequently Asked Questions

Entry to Balboa Park is completely free. All of the gardens, playgrounds and walking trails are open to visitors every day and select attractions are also free. The museums and attractions inside the park offer free admission to San Diego residents on each Tuesday of the month.

Your Balboa Park Explorer pass is valid at the following venues: 

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza 

  • Japanese Friendship Garden 

  • Mingei International Museum (Limits apply depending on Pass type) 

  • Museum of Photographic Arts 

  • Fleet Science Center 

  • San Diego Air and Space Museum 

  • San Diego Art Institute 

  • San Diego Automotive Museum 

  • San Diego History Center 

  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum 

  • The San Diego Museum of Art 

  • San Diego Museum of Man 

  • theNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum) 

  • Timken Museum of Art 

  • Veterans Museum and Memorial Center 

  • WorldBeat Center.