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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: 619 238 1233
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in...
The Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in five galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visitors can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get their hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena.
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Fun for adults, oh,and kids will love it!

Loved the IMAX theater shows. The interactive displays were interesting. Kids will LOVE"THE KIDS ZONE" !

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Newport Beach, California
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Newport Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Loved the IMAX theater shows. The interactive displays were interesting. Kids will LOVE"THE KIDS ZONE" !

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We had so much fun watching the "Don't do this at home" science shows. We spend an afternoon at the science center, and ended up watching three shows. My four-year-old twins participated in two shows. I loved how the shows were for people of all ages, not just specific age ranges. The kids area was beautiful and my kids loved... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Took the grand kids to see the iMax feature on Humpback Whales. Well done and interesting 45 minute film. There are 3-4 features playing, one every hour. The Omni theater is in the planetarium 360 dome screen design, making some moving images rather dizzying. 4 adults and 2 kids tickets over $100 plus extra fees for exhibits such as experience... More 

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Temecula, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

My wife & I are retired. I was a science type. After being drug around two art galleries, finally something for me! We asked the young lady at the ticket counter what was in store for us. She made it sound great. No mention that this is simply a hands on experience for little kids. We left immediately.

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San Diego, California
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I spent 20 minutes in discussion with well informed gentleman at visitor center. One of his recommendations was to visit the Science Center. So we made that our first stop. Upon entering the museum, we had another opportunity to discuss our needs with an information desk attendee. Neither person informed us (two seniors) that the museum was designed for children... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We recently visited the Science Center with our 2.5 year old. We were taken back by how small it was, most of the buidling is taken up by an IMAX theater. There was not much for toddler, young children to do. Some things were hand on, but there were very few exhibits and we were done with the museum in... More 

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Dupont, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I took a 9 and 6 year old and they enjoyed themselves for about 2 hours, including the time in the theater. Some of the DNA exhibit was over my 6 year olds head, but otherwise they both enjoyed the museum. We also appreciated the cafe (Galileo's Cafe) as it provided convenient and reasonable eats.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a fun place to check out which is mostly geared towards kids but its worth a visit if you haven't been. I love this place particularly for it's imax theather and films.

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Atlanta
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Perhaps because we had just seen the Exploratorium in SF, but this museum seems a little tired and in need of a little TLC. I LOVE science centers, but this one was a bit hum drum. I'd say go, but know you won't be there for the entire day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

A really interactive science center with many things to explore. The visit may not be worth if you are a strict person, but if you wake up the child inside of you, you may have a good time. The colored shadows are really nice for taking pictures! I would not recommend going on the hurricane simulator, it's not good. All... More 

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