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Fleet Science Center

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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.
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1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1625
+1 619-238-1233
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Fleet Science Center is located in the heart of Balboa Park. We explored it as part of our San Diego card which also included an IMAX show. The museum is small but does have some informative exhibits. Our 8 year old was certainly entertained...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BC_Travellers123
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This facility was not as large as I thought it might be. However, it is a wonderful family museum. A lot of hands-on activities for children. Pretty decent size gift shop with a wide variety of merchandise. Terrific IMAX theater, although you pay extra for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sparrgrove
Reviewed 25 October 2018

We love Science Museums and have been in many, but the Fleet Science Centre was probably the most disappointing one we have ever visited. It has a very small number of exhibits, nothing special and definitely nothing for grown-ups. Admission is $21.95 for adults and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DublinEventGuide
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

The admission is way over priced for the amount of exhibits to view. I was disappointed. It only took about 45 minutes to go through the museum. Perhaps if I had time to watch the IMAX film included with the admission I may have found...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank UHcougarBdaygirl
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

This Science Center was outdated and in need of a major renovation. It did not compare to other science centers in other cities. The IMAX Theater was small and the film about Aircraft Carriers was just OK. It didn’t compare to the lectures that were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

I wasn't impressed by this location as the exhibits are the same as many other science centers we've been to. We came free with the reciprocal program and wouldn't pay to enter at normal price. It was nice, informative and hands on, friendly staff and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Megan T
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Nice museum, though from a small sample size; we didn't have time to stay long. Many of the exhibits were geared to kids, so of less interest to us, however we did see an excellent Imax movie about the Great Barrier Reef. We had the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pudman43
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Ok. The minute you walk in the door the mold smell is brutal. If you can get past that then the science 🔬 part of the Museum was cool. Lots of hands on for everyone. The imax theatre 🎭 sadly it was horrible. The film...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Art T
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Looking for something to do with the young'ns besides the beach on a unusually warm day? Balboa park in general is nice, but for those kids and some adults with a passing interest in science this is great place for interactive hands on. Probably best...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank xjwhitewing
Reviewed 13 July 2018

I'm a member and introduced a friend to a few of my favorites at Balboa Park. We arrived about 3:30 PM and after parking near the Fleet Museum, walked leisurely to the Prado restaurant for a "Happy Hour" (4-6 pm) meal prior to our 5...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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