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Fleet Science Center

Fleet Science Center

Science Museum, Planetarium, and Movie Theater
Balboa Park, San Diego
  • Tips
    "Origami workshop the first Wednesday of every month,"(3 Tips)
    Antoinette P.
    "Free admission on the first Tuesday of each month!"(2 Tips)
    Nick D.
    "One of the best IMAX® theaters"(2 Tips)
    Shannon C.
    "reciprocal agreement"(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon46 Tips and reviews
  • first wednesday
  • free admission
  • imax theater
  • museums
  • exhibits
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  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 12, 2011
    Did you know? Reuben H. Fleet was an aviation pioneer; he founded the U.S. Air Mail service and his San Diego-based company built some of the famous World War II aircraft, including the B-24 bomber. Read more
    Upvoted Oct 26
  • Konstantin🔒heart icon on user image
    Konstantin🔒December 24, 2016
    Your kids will like it! Admission $20 from 3 years old. May be quite crowded and expect a queue on the entrance during busy days. Good for infants too. Well maintained. Movies are also cool!
    Upvoted Sep 29
  • Shannon C.
    If you have a membership at another science museum (and it isn’t within 75-90 miles check if it has a reciprocal agreement and be sure to bring your membership card for free entrance)
    www.socalwithkids.comFebruary 12, 2013
    The Fleet is participating in Museum Month San Diego! Pick up a FREE Museum Month Pass at Macy's, and receive 1/2 off entry in February for you & up to 3 guests. Details at link:
  • Lee C.heart icon on user image
    Lee CroucherSeptember 18, 2014
    Good tour of science - more geared up for kids than adults - also in summer it's a little in the warm side
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    Scientific accomplishments from NASA can have an impact on the ground too. Learn about several technologies developed by NASA scientists that impact our lives. Some of the items may surprise you! Read more
  • Visit San Diego
    Visit San DiegoApril 20, 2010
    The San Diego Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park. This free event is held on the first Wednesday of every month (weather permitting).
  • Nick D.
    Nick DeNinnoNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best IMAX® theaters here: 76-foot wraparound movie screen and 16,000 watts of digital surround sound
  • @socalwithkids
    @socalwithkidsMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Free admission for San Diego County residents, as well as active military + their dependents the 1st Tuesday of each month. Be sure to bring your ID.
  • Luqmaan B.
    Luqmaan BMarch 25, 2011
    This is such a nice museum. They have many different experiments and they have a nice cafe that has really good food.
  • Sunyoung L.
    Sunyoung LeeSeptember 17, 2012
    My two year old boy likes to play at kid city playroom. only under 5 year old kids are allowed to enter. If you have a kid under 5 year old, then check it out.
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KellerOctober 6, 2013
    It was great for kids and adults! Non-stop learning and fun!
  • Zaeem S.
    Zaeem SiddiquiOctober 19, 2013
    Look but don't touch, if you touch just don't stare, get down low and you'll lose your hair!
  • Jake P.heart icon on user image
    Jake ParsellAugust 8, 2019
    Reciprocity with Denver Museum of Nature and Science membership!
  • Dennis E.
    Dennis EdererJanuary 6, 2013
    Get in line early. Avoid sitting close to small children. Often they are scared with the gigantic image view.
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 23, 2012
    The Fleet is known for its hands-on science exhibits on subjects like vision, time, aging, and space technology.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShulerJuly 31, 2014
    Had an awesome time with the kids. All of them enjoyed themselves
  • Michael K.
    Michael KigginsApril 8, 2010
    This place is great. I like that they have alot of things for the kids to do. My daughter was mesmerized.
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.March 6, 2012
    One of the top places in the county to be a kid-big or small.
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraNovember 9, 2014
    Sunday Funday w family wooohoooo!!!
  • Sarah R.heart icon on user image
    Sarah RomeroAugust 10, 2013
    Enjoy this with your kids. So many kid-friendly exhibits. Nothing's hands off.
  • J. S. H.
    J. S. HuettemanJuly 1, 2014
    Don't bother coming on the free entry day for residents on the first Tuesday of every month. It is over crowded, no one watches their kids, and half the exhibits end up broken. Suck it up and pay.
  • Mary S.heart icon on user image
    Mary SAugust 27, 2015
    Cool museum I. Balboa park
  • Melly B.
    Melly BNovember 20, 2012
    Lots of fun. Be sure to catch a show
  • ak t.
    ak tJanuary 18, 2014
    Mysteries of the Unseen was an awesome show!
  • Khaliyah W.heart icon on user image
  • Joseph N.heart icon on user image
    Joseph NovelloJanuary 23, 2017
    IMAX theater is cool.
  • Antoinette P.
    Antoinette PerezDecember 7, 2010
    Free admission on the first Tuesday of each month!
  • California Travel Tips - V.
    The hot and cold exhibit freaked me out!
  • Justin D.heart icon on user image
    Justin DavisMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The tinkering studio has different activities every day.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellySeptember 10, 2010
    Big thank you to Brandon and the staff at the Fleet Science Center for a splendid event.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HambyFebruary 26, 2014
    See everything!
  • Cynthia
    CynthiaJanuary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Origami workshop the first Wednesday of every month,
  • Alina
    AlinaJune 29, 2011
    On Fridays IMAX is only $8.50
  • Sheila K.
    Sheila KanoyaOctober 16, 2011
    Free entry today for The New Children's Museum members.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BryantNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Volunteering time
  • Julie L.
    Julie LaneFebruary 13, 2012
    Gotta come check this out!!!
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AschFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It's open until 8 pm on Fridays!
  • Gonzalo A.
    Gonzalo AlvaJanuary 15, 2012
    Sit as far back as possible
  • Deepan G.
    Deepan GandhiFebruary 4, 2010
    Check out the 'Sky Tonight' show first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.
  • Melodie T.
    Melodie TaoSeptember 3, 2009
    Watch an IMAX movie!
  • Sondra D.
    Sondra DrahosJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    See "Great Places"
  • Zombiemarble
    ZombiemarbleAugust 24, 2009
    look thru the periscope at the Fountain.
  • Cat v.
    Cat von Hassel-DaviesSeptember 5, 2009
    go to Science Center & catch an IMAX
  • Egoberto L.heart icon on user image
    Muy moderno WiFi Gratis
  • Ekaterina E.
    Ekaterina EpishevaJune 7, 2011
    Сан-Диеговский Экспериментариум :)
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