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Fleet Science Center
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US$ 39.95*
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Ranked #96 of 442 things to do in San Diego
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
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 is a very family friendly facility with many features in the science center to entertain and educate the children and even adults.

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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!

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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. The part of the science center that is hands-on (for people other than small children) has shrunk considerably. We visited the hands-on part for little kids - again, it seems like stuff you would be doing at camp with very little science presented or explained. Saw the video Humpback Whales. Very little scientific information, just pretty scenes of the whales jumping out of the water with music in the background. I fell asleep. Will think hard before visiting again - and I live in San Diego.

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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 exhibits. Our next exhibit, Imaginate, will be opening on October 2. Imaginate aims to inspire the innovator in you by making innovation accessible, replicable and fun. We hope to see you again at the Fleet!

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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 mainly for the kids... especially the circus exhibit *face palm.* Nonetheless, if you get past that fact, it is nice. I do love science so did enjoy that they were "dumbing" it all down for children learn in such a great way. The interactive parts were fantastic. My boyfriend and I had a ticket for an IMAX movie, which was nice.

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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, and we try to cater to all ages alike. If you are ever in San Diego again, we hope you give the Fleet another chance!

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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 too.

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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.

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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 out in under an hour and a half. Your money is better spent at the natural history museum across the plaza

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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 possible, and we’re very sorry our service did not live up to these standards. We appreciate your understanding about this situation, and we hope you’ll come back and visit us again.

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