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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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Address: 1875 El Prado at Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 16192381233
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Fleet is home to Southern California's only IMAX(R) Dome Theater...

The Fleet is home to Southern California's only IMAX(R) Dome Theater and features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries with permanent and major traveling exhibitions.

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Great interactive exhibits for little ones

We visited this science museum with our four children (9-16) but I would recommend it more for children under 8. While my kids understood the scientific concepts (gravity... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

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San Diego, California
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hot chocolate takes time for them to make (with real, steamed milk) and there are healthy and quick selections too. My friend got the Double Hotdog thing, which was a hot dog inside a split hot dog. Helps support the Science Center and is more convenient than trying to find food elsewhere. Admission not required to eat here and... More 

Thank 619CaliforniaTourist
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this science museum with our four children (9-16) but I would recommend it more for children under 8. While my kids understood the scientific concepts (gravity, optical illusions, magnets, etc. - having come across them in their studies over the years) there were many little ones running around, touching everything - without necessarily understanding various scientific concepts...but it's... More 

Thank AngliaUSA
Mission Viejo, California, United States
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went because we have passes to our local science center which means we can get in for free. So I can't comment on value but I can comment on the exhibits. Both my daughters were underwhelmed (12 &10) and felt that it is perfect for kids that could get into the kids zone 5 & u. It was a... More 

Thank Nicholas J
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's a dedicated play room for children age 5 and under. The selection for the 6+ crowd will hold their attention for 1-2 hours.On museum free days the IMAX theatre costs extra, $9.75 per child. We did this October 2015 with a friend and their 6.5-year old boy, they liked it but thought it was expensive and not worth a... More 

Thank ABCD1234Anna
Mesa, Arizona
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a child this was one of my favorite places. When my daughter was little, this was hers and now my grandson adores it!

Thank Cynthia A
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great interactive museum for children. My baby is 1 and there is a 5 and under place for kids upstairs which was fun for her. Did not like the ocean 3-D movie- outdated and too detailed for kids and adults. Balboa park is beautiful.

Thank J T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is not the biggest kids science museum. But it is well done, and has lots of fun things for the kids to touch and play with. They also have a nice area where kids can use all kinds of scrap raw materials to build things. Kids have a ball and are engaged for a couple of hours. Well done... More 

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Kaysville, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a good place to spend an hour or so with kids. Lots of fun little displays and exhibits. Also an IMAX theater with a number of showings to choose from. Our kids enjoyed everything.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This place is a complete misnomer. It is an IMAX theater. If you're going there to watch a movie, swell. Otherwise there is nothing "science" about it. My visit brought a very weak circus exhibit to see. And that's it. Have you read the book Water for Elephants? I saw in my mind more educational things about the circus than... More 

Thank Hatzlacha
London, United Kingdom
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661 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Opened in 1974 the Fleet was the first in the nation to combine interactive exhibits with IMAX and a Planetarium. Upgraded frequently since then, and still a leader in the field. Named for the founder of the Airmail Service in the U.S. The best interactive science museum I have encountered anywhere. Exhibits that are involving include blockbusters (a huge Lego... More 

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