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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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A great, if not a bit small, hands-on science museum! My 3 year old had a great time exploring and the Circus exhibit was particularly fun and interesting to explore. She really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The science center is fairly small and old compared to the other offerings in Balboa Park. There are perhaps 15 exhibits most of which can be done and experienced in less than 20 minutes. We went back to several exhibits multiple times and still got out in under an hour and a half. Your money is better spent at the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A great, if not a bit small, hands-on science museum! My 3 year old had a great time exploring and the Circus exhibit was particularly fun and interesting to explore. She really loved the Fun Zone made especially for kids infant to 5 years old. We spent quite a bit of time there. We almost passed up the free IMAX... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This science center is really a children's museum, though there are a few exhibits that will interest adults. Since I did not go with children, I wasn't too interested in the "Messy Science" demonstrations with mentos and club soda. However, the sensory touch exhibit, demonstrating how the brain scrambles up messages from the hot and cold receptors, was the most... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Our 12 year old son did like this museum, but otherwise it felt too geared to young kids. We were on the multi day park explorer so we didn't mind that it was small, but would not pay full price $20 admission for this museum! Overall, the presentation felt unfocused, especially the 1st level, where a good chunk of floor... More 

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

Hello, GoodToGo71, We pride ourselves on consistently providing our guests the best experience possible, and we’re very sorry we did not live up to these standards. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly have new IMAX films in our Giant Dome Theater. If you are back in San Diego, we hope you give the Fleet another... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We had the day pass to go to five of the museums and this was one that we chose. They had tons of interactive things and exhibits. The big exhibit while we were there was the Circus exhibit. I thought it was really a lot of fun. After that exhibit, it starts to get a little unorganized and starts to... More 

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

Hello, Robert, Thank you for your comment. We try to cater to all age groups with our films and exhibits, and we love to hear that the Fleet is engaging to all. We have also multiple programs that cater specifically for adults, such as Suds and Science and Fleet Night of Science. Thank you for stopping by, we hope to... More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Use to go here as a child, loved it. I take my daughter to watch the Imax movies and run around. She loves it. Imax movies are the best though, we have seen planets, wolves and Humback whales! Awesome, I need one of these theaters at home!

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

Hello, Nicole! Thank you for your comment. We love hearing back from our community and we're happy that you are able to have such great experiences with your daughter. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon! More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

Hello, SoCalMare! Thank you so much for you comment, and we are very happy that you had an amazing experience in our Giant Dome Theater. Thank you for stopping by, we hope to see you again at the Fleet! More 

Winter Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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

Hello, Claire! We are so glad that you were able to fully enjoy your experience at the Fleet. As you know, we always have new and exciting exhibits and films coming to the Science Center for a fun learning experience. Hopefully we will see you back again! 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
8 attraction reviews
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 

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