Community Access Pass (CAP)

Balboa Park Explorer gives back to the community through the Community Access Pass (CAP) program, which provides the opportunity for underserved families, and now active duty military families, to experience the cultural and educational joys of Balboa Park.

The CAP program partners with local non-profits to distribute free annual Balboa Park Explorer passes to economically disadvantaged, at-risk, and traditionally underserved families.  Established in 2017, the Military Appreciation Pass (MAP) program provides the same family passes to active duty military families living in San Diego County. The 16 participating cultural institutions graciously provide free admission to pass recipients, and the supply of passes is limited each year.

CAP and MAP help fulfill the Cultural Partnership’s mission to make the arts, science, and cultural experiences of Balboa Park accessible to all.

Special thanks to the Cultural Partnership’s Founding Patrons, The Thursday Club, Wells Fargo, the Downing Family Foundation, The Norris Foundation, Councilmember Chris Cate – City Council District 6, The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement and Neighborhood Reinvestment Programs for their support of the Community Access Pass program.

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Are you a Non-Profit (501c3 organization) interested in partnering with CAP?

Thank you for your interest in the Community Access Pass program! We are always open to growing and developing new relationships and partnerships with non-profits throughout San Diego County.

We have a limited supply of free passes to distribute each year. These annual passes are for families that are interested in experiencing everything Balboa Park has to offer. The objective of CAP is to provide this opportunity to families that are economically disadvantaged, at-risk or underserved, that may not otherwise have the resources to explore the cultural institutions.

Our goal is to make your participation in the CAP program as easy as possible. We ask that you designate a contact within your organization who can provide us names for the Annual Explorer program. We handle the printing, provide additional materials, and deliver the passes to you for distribution.

If you would like to know more, please contact us at

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Thank you

Our thanks to the many Founding Patrons, Corporate Partners, and sponsors who make this program possible.

The Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation

Downing Family Foundation

The Norris Foundation

Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation

Phyllis F. Epstein Non-Endowment Fund at the San Diego Foundation