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Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado at Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
619 238 1233
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As featured in San Diego for young kids
Ranked #71 of 235 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

As a long-time resident and elementary school teacher in San Diego, I have visited the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at least a dozen times. I never tire of this museum! Whether you love science/technology or you just enjoy interactive, engaging exhibits - great for adults and kids alike! - you will love this San Diego fixture. Included in your... More

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Deer Isle, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to the museum with our grandchildren. it was a nice experience and there were several good exhibits that they enjoyed. It was nice but not like Boston. It is a little expensive.

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London, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This museum has an excellent array of exhibitions to introduce both children and adults to many aspects of science, from space travel to using light to make optical illusions. For the price of admission, you get admission to one IMAX Theatre film. You can purchase tickets to extra films (they play every hour on the hour and there were three... More

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Carlsbad, California
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260 reviews 260 reviews
51 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and Imax theater is a great duo place to enjoy some educational and entertaining time by yourself or with the family (something for all ages). We visited on a Tuesday morning and, as usual in Balboa Park, the parking situation was terrible. We lucked out and found a spot on the street just about... More

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Santa Rosa
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13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Balboa Park is great, and this museum is inside the park. There is an IMAX theatre inside the museum. The theatre was a nice break from the heat. The special exhibit we saw was "Illusions" and it was okay. The museum was overrun with kids because it was Tuesday which is the free day for residents. I would not recommend... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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65 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A well done new exhibit on Pirates, featuring real "booty," was the draw for me, and I really learned a lot. Special thanks go to the docent/guard in the treasure room who took time to provide other historical information and book recommendations to follow up the visit. Kids will love this exhibit, but adults who take the time to read... More

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were very disappointed. Many of our old favorites are gone, replaced by a huge light exhibit which no one enjoyed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

According to my kids this place is cool. The IMAX show was great. We were learning without even knowing it. The interactive exhibits are great for exploring. The kids can actually see, touch, and manipulate the science exhibits. There were volunteers and staff throughout to help and explain. A must visit if you love science!

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

IMAX was cool, exhibits was alright. We found its connection to Balboa Street very cool. The food wasn't that great but ok when your really hungry. Nothing too out of the ordinary

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We are frequent visitors of this museum, but most of the museum was closed to renovations. There were very few exhibits open, so not worth the price of admission unless you have a must see IMAX movie that you cannot live without seeing. I would say for the price of the IMAX ticket I would visit one of the very... More

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