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Address: 1875 El Prado at Park Boulevard, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 (Formerly Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)
Phone Number:
+1 619-238-1233
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

The Fleet is San Diego's science center, bringing together the community,...

The Fleet is San Diego's science center, bringing together the community, empowering educators and offering meaningful experiences that embrace the power of science and impact the world around us.

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Museum is ok, but the Craveology was really bad

We visited museum around 11:30AM and soon kids wanted lunch. The restaurant was outside with very long line. After waiting in line for over 30 min, finally got to order the meals... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited museum around 11:30AM and soon kids wanted lunch. The restaurant was outside with very long line. After waiting in line for over 30 min, finally got to order the meals. When I ordered kids meal for kids, the cashier was telling me that it is very small portion. For example, if you order grilled cheese, you will only... More 

Thank Silkosmooth
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there today and I am so surprised by the negative reviews. Our kids are 5 and 2 1/2 and they loved their second visit here. We purchase the Go card, which also includes the movie. The kids spent four hours here and then we watched Extreme Weather in the IMAX. It's a great place to spend a rainy... More 

Thank Thepipes1013
Salmon Arm, Canada
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263 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been to a few other science museums, this one was a bit limited and not really interesting to us as adults. But the children seemed to have a good time with the interactive displays.

Thank TMLB
Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

So like many of the reviews here we found the museum geared more towards younger people. We watched an IMAX movie ad well which was average. A bit overpriced for what you get. Staff was very friendly.

Thank Kevin J
Oceanside, California
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Having been to many science museums/exhibits in many N. American cities, this is one of the worst. Now, if it was JUST for kids, it would still be a waste, as many of the displays are broken. It is run-down and just so very small and so sad. As adults, you pay $20 for an IMAX movie. They are open... More 

Thank MeNMiSelf
Chandler, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

It's been a long time since I visited this museum and it has definitely changed for the worse. It amounts to 3 eating areas with a couple souvenir sales locations, and a small area that offers a somewhat antiquated series of "science things". It does have the Imax but it really does not have much more to offer. Even the... More 

Thank Walt S
La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

My husband and I took our grandson to the special exhibition of "The Art of the Brick", a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from Legos. This is the world's largest display of Lego art ever. Artwork includes a 20-foot-long T. rex dinosaur skeleton. One of my favorites is a re-imagined version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night." Our... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to seeing a documentary and to our disappointment you are required to buy an all inclusive pass. My wife and 18 year old niece only wanted to see the movie. At $60 for all us we walked!

Thank Tracey L W
San Diego, California
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186 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Totaly an awsome experance. Legos are ways too cool for kids any more. give your self 90 minutes. it does cost Extra about $10.

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Thank Keith M
Montgomery, Minnesota
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89 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We spent about an hour here and that was all we needed. The museum was kind of small, there were quite a few hands on activities for the kids to do. Most of them they have seen before at other science museums we have been too. Not sure it was really worth it.

Thank Jesse S

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