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California Explorer Pass Buy Now

  • Save up to 34% on admission to top California attractions. Pay nothing at the gate!
  • Choose as you go from 14 top attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood*, San Diego Zoo, California’s Great America, and more.
  • *Choice of one Premium Attraction included with all passes.
  • Flexibility. Explore 3, 4, or 5 attractions in over 30 days after your first attraction visit.
  • Digital delivery. Get everything you need right on your phone.
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Visit 3 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$244.00 / $229.00
$219.00 / $204.00
Visit 4 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$299.00 / $279.00
$284.00 / $259.00
Visit 5 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$349.00 / $319.00
$334.00 / $299.00

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Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

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What is a California Explorer Pass?

A California Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3, 4, or 5 California attractions for one low price.

How does a California Explorer Pass work?
  • Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit — we offer 3, 4, or 5-Choice Passes.
  • Your California Explorer Pass gets you into your choice of 3, 4, or 5 attractions, including your choice of one Premium Attraction. No need to decide before your trip, choose as you go from the options included with your pass.
  • Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission. Pay nothing at the gate.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, you'll have 30 days to use your pass.
How will I get my pass?

You'll get your pass via email as soon as your order processes. Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

What else does the pass include?

You'll get a guide with hours of operation and directions for each attraction, and a map to help plan your itinerary.

Frequently Asked Questions Show All

Is this just a discount card? Will I still need to buy tickets?

No. Passes include admission to each attraction; no need to pay anything at the gate. Some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee.

How does the Premium Attraction choice work?

You may choose one Premium Attraction as one of your California Explorer Pass attraction choices. So, if you purchased a 3-Choice California Explorer Pass, you may visit your choice of one Premium attraction, plus, any two additional non-premium attractions.

Do I need to choose my attractions in advance?

Nope, choose as you go. The pass is good for any combination of the number of attractions you purchased.

My child is under 3 years old. Can I get them a California Explorer Pass?

Child Passes are recommended for children ages 3-12. Many attractions offer free admission for younger children under the age of 3. Please consult the attraction websites for more details.

How will I get my pass?

You'll get your pass via email as soon as your order processes. Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

How do I activate my pass?

Easy: simply visit your first attraction!

Is the pass valid all day?

You bet! Feel free to visit the attractions any time of the day as long as they are open or operating.

What is your refund policy?

Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

How much will I save?

Compare the price of the pass to the gate prices of the attractions you want to visit to see how much you can save. Many customers save 34%.

We give you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and choose the attractions you want to visit depending on your interests.

Can I visit an attraction more than once?

No. Your pass includes only one visit per attraction.

Does a California Explorer Pass expire?

Yes. You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

Attractions that require a reservation will display this symbol on the guidebook page.

Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.

What's the catch?

There’s no catch. California Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to California as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.

Can I share my pass with a friend or sell it?

No. The California Explorer Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.

What happens if an attraction is closed or a tour is cancelled due to weather or other problem?

While we do our best to ensure that all attractions are available, events happen that are out of our control. The great thing about a California Explorer Pass is that there are so many attractions to choose from. If an attraction is closed, or cannot be visited for some reason, we know you'll find a fun alternative in your guidebook!

I still have questions!

Please feel free to email us at cs@smartdestinations.com and we'll be happy to help you!

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