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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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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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
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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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Smaller than I thought

The science museum itself is much smaller than others I have visited. There are two stories, but there isn't much on each floor. The bottom floor was dedicated to structural... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ToniN705
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Aliso Viejo, California

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Aliso Viejo, California
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The science museum itself is much smaller than others I have visited. There are two stories, but there isn't much on each floor. The bottom floor was dedicated to structural science, cells/biology, and nanoscience. Upstairs, there is a section on San Diego water that is rather interesting. There is an entire wing currently closed (but opening soon) on strapping tape.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This science center is very popular with local kids and visitors. It has many exhibits that kids can use to explore basic environment and physics. The omnimax theatre has top production films like Jerusalem. If you have kids, this is the place to take them.

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Thank Phil F
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Fleet Science Center with our two grandsons, 1st and 4th graders. The museum is much smaller than we expected and is not worth the entrance fee. The exhibits are not well maintained and some just didn't work. Children must read obscure text signs to figure out what to do. Exhibits need to be updated to have more... More 

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Thank Barbara P
Houston, Texas
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52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not your run of the mill science museum, but more hands on activities for all ages. The museum was rather small compared to other large cities. We gained access by using the Sand Diego GO card, and it was nice that the Imax movie was included with admission.

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Thank Fain R
Malibu, California
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159 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We brought the little ones here and they enjoyed their experiences interacting with science. The center includes displays that even adults will explore. A little kids zone (under 5) is also on site. The IMAX movie was awesome! The movies change multiple times a day, so you can be sure to find something that will interest you and your family.

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Thank Troy M
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57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting a larger museum with more activities. What the museum had was fun but it was a little limited It was nice that the Imax movie was included with admission. The movie was good. We saw the Secret Ocean.

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Thank Kathy R
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cons - workers are mean spirited - would not let my friend use the bathroom when leaving - parking is atrocious- (not really their fault) - worker seemed to enjoy refusing bathroom entry - no indoor eating area- it's cold outside! - kid city needs gate to keep kids in area - hard to watch more than one child in... More 

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Moses Lake, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting San Diego during the rainy days, so a trip to the Science Center seemed to be a good plan. It was a great way to spend several hours on a dreary day. Our grandkids ranged in age from two to sixteen, so we had some serious ground to cover. For the most part, the Science Center successful... More 

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Farmingdale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

My 10 year old enjoyed the great hands on exhibits thought out the museum while my 4 year old had a ball in the under 5 "kid city". If you do the 5 museum Explorer ticket definitely send someone ahead to wait on line for tickets while you enjoy one of the other museums for a bit as the ticket... More 

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Irvine, California
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81 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The Fleet is a great science museum for the entire family. Take in an IMax film too and enjoy a couple hours of great entertainment. Admission price is reasonable considering what 'theme parks' charge and there is an on-site cafe for light refreshment or lunch. The gift shop has a lot of good items for the kids.

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