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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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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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Did not live up to expectations

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I went here several times during the 1980's and 1990's. I'm sure things have changed in 16 years but it was a very nice Science center and one that I mentally referred back to, whenever going to the Exploration Place in Wichita, KS. I didn't have kids back then, so I'm sure I would see things differently the next time... More 

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san diego, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We have lived in SD for 5 years. Finally got around to visiting some of the great museums in Balboa Park. We purchased a family Explorer Pass which give you admission to 17 museum ins Balboa Park. Note: special exhibits are sometimes additional cost but admission to museum is free. The first one we visited was The Fleet Science Center... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The main draw here is the huge dome imax screen. Check out showtimes before you go to make sure something you want to see is showing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Interesting Technology Museum in Balboa Park! I remember San Diego County Science Fairs here when I was a kid ... interesting to visit but some of the other museums are more interesting in my opinion.

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encinitas, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were invited to attend a showing of an Omnimax movie on the South Pacific Island of Palau. On Senior Mondays ( a monthly occurrence) those of us who are over 65 are charged only $8.00 which includes the speaker and the movie! Before the lecture and movie there is a non-hosted light buffet with fruit, cheese, juice and coffee.... More 

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