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Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1625
+1 619-238-1233
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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.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“imax movie” (31 reviews)
“reuben” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1625
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+1 619-238-1233
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Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

This is a good place to spend an hour or so with kids. Lots of fun little displays and exhibits. Also an IMAX theater with a number of showings to choose from. Our kids enjoyed everything.

Thank Ryan R
Reviewed 10 October 2015

This place is a complete misnomer. It is an IMAX theater. If you're going there to watch a movie, swell. Otherwise there is nothing "science" about it. My visit brought a very weak circus exhibit to see. And that's it. Have you read the book...More

1  Thank Hatzlacha
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Opened in 1974 the Fleet was the first in the nation to combine interactive exhibits with IMAX and a Planetarium. Upgraded frequently since then, and still a leader in the field. Named for the founder of the Airmail Service in the U.S. The best interactive...More

Thank etweeden
Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

We went to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to take in an I Max movie that was playing there. We actually bought a membership as many great I Max movies okay here and we don't want to miss out on any of them. This...More

Thank Tom O
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2015

Hello, Tom! We're so happy you had a great experience during your visit. Thank you for supporting the Fleet and becoming a member. See you soon!

Reviewed 11 September 2015

I don't know where to start. The exhibit seemed so cheap - almost like a high school event. The science was really missing (seriously, who needs to see what a "Stranger Than Fiction" exhibit looks like). And the two activities for kids overwhelmed the exhibit....More

Thank SoCalEncinitas
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Hello, SoCalEncinitas! Thank you for the feedback, it is always good to hear back from our community. We’re very sorry you felt that the exhibits were not scientific enough. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent...More

Reviewed 1 September 2015

In Vancouver BC, we have a similar sort of attraction (Telus World of Science). I haven't visited that attraction since the sixth grade and I guess there is a reason for that. My boyfriend and I were very underwhelmed when we realized it's an attraction...More

Thank Ania D
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Hello, AniaDeee! Thank you for your comment. We pride ourselves in giving the best experience possible to all of our visitors, not only children, and we are very sorry that we didn't live up to those standards. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year,...More

Reviewed 31 August 2015

Brought a 3 and 6 year old here and they loved it. Even though they spent about half the time in "Kid City" (not so much science), they enjoyed the rest of the exhibits too. So many things to interact with and very interesting demonstrations...More

Thank TLC_Cal
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Hello, TLC_Cal! Thank you so much for your comment. We're glad that you had a great experience with us, and we hope to see again at the Fleet.

Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

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...More

Thank Shamara101
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2015

Hello, Shamara101! Thank you for your comment. We’re very sorry you felt that the exhibits were disappointing. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent exhibits. We pride ourselves on consistently providing our guests the best experience...More

Reviewed 13 August 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....More

Thank MommaKB
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2015

Hello, MommaKB! We're so glad you had a great and learning experience at the Fleet. Thank you for your comment, we’re always looking for feedback from our community. We're very sorry you felt that the food was not up to par with everything else in...More

Reviewed 11 August 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...More

Thank Rose_Mist
Wendy G, Marketing Coordinator at Fleet Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2015

Hello, Rose_Mist! We’re always looking for feedback from our community. We’re sorry you felt that the exhibits were only geared towards children. We bring in multiple traveling exhibitions each year, and we constantly repair and refurbish our permanent exhibits to cater to most age groups....More

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