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The State of California has lifted COVID restrictions for most venues, and many locations across Balboa Park have reopened. Below is a list of what is open, along with days of operation. Please note that although restrictions have eased you may still be required to wear a mask while visiting some of the venues in the Park, regardless of your vaccination status. Wearing masks, distancing yourself from others, and frequent hand washing are still recommended in all locations for your safety and the safety of others.

The Balboa Park Explorer Pass has resumed sales. If you are visiting the park, this multi-museum pass is convenient and a great value when compared to purchasing individual admission tickets, and revenue from pass sales directly supports the nonprofits you visit. Venues marked with EP below

participate in the Explorer Pass program. 


Below is a current list of what's open in Balboa Park:


Fleet Science Center 10 am to 5 pm
Japanese Friendship Garden 10 am to 6 pm

San Diego Zoo 9 am to 5 pm

Balboa Park Miniature Railroad 11 am to 4:30 pm

The Prado Restaurant, reservations only

All other ticketed venues are closed Thanksgiving Day.

Outdoor public spaces in Balboa Park are accessible.



  • Balboa Park Carousel, open daily

  • Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, open daily through summer

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza, 3 days/week, Friday through Sunday (EP)

  • Fleet Science Center, 7 days/week (EP)

  • House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Saturdays and Sundays only

  • Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego, Thursday through Sunday (EP)

  • Japanese Friendship Garden, 7 days/week (EP)

  • Marston House Tours and Carriage Gift Shop, Saturdays and Sundays only

  • May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden, 7 days/week

  • Mingei International Museum, 7 days/week (EP)

  • Museum of Photographic Arts, 4 days/week, Friday through Sunday (EP)

  • Museum of Us, 5 days/week, Wednesday through Sunday (EP)

  • San Diego Air and Space Museum, 7 days/week (EP)

  • San Diego Automotive Museum, 6 days/week, closed Monday (EP)

  • San Diego History Center, 3 days/week, Friday through Sunday (EP)

  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 3 days/week, Friday through Sunday (EP)

  • San Diego Museum of Art, 6 days/week, closed Wednesday (EP)

  • San Diego Natural History Museum, 5 days/week, Thursday through Tuesday (EP)

  • San Diego Zoo, 7 days/week

  • Spanish Village Art Center, 7 days/week

  • Spreckels Organ Performances, Sundays at 2pm

  • The Old Globe, various performances scheduled in outdoor areas

  • United Nations Building and Gift Shop, 6 days/week, closed Monday

  • Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, by appointment only (EP)



  • San Diego Youth Symphony, 4-week CHiMES early childhood program, reservations required

  • San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, online instruction only

  • San Diego Junior Theatre, online instruction only



  • Daniel's Coffee at Spanish Village Art Center, 6 days/week, closed Monday

  • Prado Perk at House of Hospitality, 7 days/week

  • Tea Pavilion at Japanese Friendship Garden, 5 days/week, Wednesday through Sunday 

  • Panama 66 restaurant, 6 days/week, closed Wednesday

  • Panama 66 grab-n-go cart, 6 days/week, closed Wednesday

  • Prado restaurant, 6 days/week, closed Monday

  • WorldBeat Café at WorldBeat Cultural Center, 3 days/week, Friday through Sunday

  • Craveology Café at the Fleet Science Center, 4 days/week, Friday through Monday

  • Café in the Park at Casa de Balboa, 3 days/week, Friday through Sunday

  • Flight Path Grill at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Saturday and Sunday



  • Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality

  • Botanical Building

  • Balboa Park Disc Golf Course

  • Balboa Park Golf Course

  • Municipal Gym

  • Dog Parks

  • Playgrounds

  • Walking Trails

  • Free Gardens

  • Observation Deck at the Moreton Bay Fig Tree

  • Balboa Park Activity Center



  • San Diego Velodrome has resumed workout rides only; riders must sign up online


  • Bud Kearns Memorial Pool

  • ComicCon Museum

  • Timken Museum of Art (EP)


Museums and other cultural organizations continue to offer online programs and activities for you to experience. Search for ONLINE on the calendar for a list of those activities. 

Balboa Park Calendar
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This calendar includes both online programs and activities for Balboa Park cultural organizations and operating hours and schedules for those organizations that are permitted to welcome guests in person.

Before you visit Balboa Park, please review the important requirements for your protection and the protection of others.

Select a date on the calendar or use the search box to show specific venues, types of organizations or services, for example OnlineAutomotive Museum or Restaurants

Please check with LiveChat or the individual venue websites for the latest information.