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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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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
Description: The Fleet is home to Southern California's only IMAX(R) Dome Theater and...
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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IMAX Theatre is Extraordinary

it was difficult to choose from the IMAX selections available: Whales, Outer Space or Secret Ocean. We saw the latter with its most extraordinary tiny sea life brought to giant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

it was difficult to choose from the IMAX selections available: Whales, Outer Space or Secret Ocean. We saw the latter with its most extraordinary tiny sea life brought to giant size on a giant screen. It's done on FILM, not digitally produced. Who else has that? During one segment, spectators are reminded of the importance of our fragile ecosystem and... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This summer a special interactive exhibit is Circus:Science Under the Big Top. As part of that you can "bungee jump", walk a tightrope while safely harnessed, use a balance pole to walk on a narrow beam and dress up in circus costumes. There is a fascinating show on most Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons through Sept. 7: Impossible Science Experience,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went here to see what it was all about. We liked the IMAX experience but overall too small of a museum. It's more for children or school tours.

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, Alonzo! Thank you for your comment. We’re always looking for feedback from our community. We’re very sorry you felt that the exhibits were just for kids and for field trips. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year that cater to all age groups, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent exhibits. We also have specific programs catered... More 

North Hollywood
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The museum is dark, dingy, and dirty. The toddler area has outdated, dirty toys. It seriously needs to be cleaned. I've never been to a kid museum that was this dirty. It's not worth your entrance fee. I saw kids who seemed to be enjoying themselves, but as a parent it's not the ideal place. The IMAX movie was included... More 

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, Maria, Thank you for bringing this incident to our attention. We pride ourselves on consistently providing our guests the best experience possible, and we’re very sorry our service did not live up to these standards. Because this is a hands-on science center with thousands of visitors each week, some of our exhibits do experience wear and tear. We appreciate... More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The area is gorgeous, of course. We always love having a reason to go to Balboa Park. It's a nice, small museum. Smaller than we are accustomed to but my family still loved the exhibits and the IMax movie we watched. My 4 year old especially loved the little kids play area. My only real complaint is the size. It's... More 

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, Brandy! Thank you for your comment. We’re always looking for feedback from our community. We're glad that you and your family enjoyed the visit, but we’re sorry you felt that the exhibits area was too small. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent exhibits to give you the best experience... More 

Menifee, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My husband and I walked through because we had a purchased a 5 museum/1 day pass. The museum had a few interesting exhibits, but it is mostly for children, and kind of small. I would have been disappointed had I paid full admission. I remember bringing my boys here when they were little and it seemed much bigger then.

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, 29kindergartencuties! Thank you for your comment. We’re always looking for feedback from our community. We’re very sorry you felt that the exhibits were mostly for children and that the building was small. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent exhibits. We pride ourselves on consistently providing our guests the best... More 

San Diego, California
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68 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

There is something at the Reuben H. Fleet Science for everyone; both young and old alike! Their IMAX films are beautiful, enjoyable, and very educational; their science center is not only interesting and educational, but some of the exhibits are quite fun for children, 'tweens, teens, and adults!

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, Traveltoforeignlands! Thank you for your comment. We're glad to hear that you had a great experience at the Fleet. Thank you for stopping by and we hope you’ll come back and visit us again soon. More 

Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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158 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you are into the history of flight and space travel this is the place for you. They have planes from the start of flight to WW1 & WW11 to space travel and everything in between. There is something for everyone

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, funtime4430! Thank you for your comment. We're glad you had a great time learning about planes at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, our neighbor museum here in Balboa Park. Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see you here at the Fleet soon. More 

Los Angeles
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Went in a field trip with 7th graders. The kids loved it! Lots to see and do. Very hands on. Kept them busy for a few hours. Parking was easy. We had lunch at the park that was adjacent. I didn't realize Balboa Park had so many great museums and attractions. We will definitely be back!

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, Codemom! Thank you for your comment. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a fun learning experience. Thank you again for stopping by, and we hope to see you here at the Fleet again soon. More 

San Diego, California
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This used to be a go-to day outing when my kids were little, so my son and I were excited to be taking my granddaughters here. Unfortunately things have changed over the years and it was not even close to the same. The downstairs was cluttered with a circus theme, up stairs had only a few of the cool science... More 

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Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, responded to this review

Hello, Louie! Thank you for your comment. We’re always looking for feedback from our community. We pride ourselves on consistently providing our guests the best experience possible, and we’re very sorry our exhibits did not live up to these standards. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent exhibits. Because this is... More 

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Address: 1875 El Prado at Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 16192381233
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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