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Fleet Science Center, San Diego

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The Fleet Science Center (previously the 'Reuben H. Fleet Science Center') is a science museum and planetarium in Balboa Park, located in San Diego, California. It is at the east end of the El Prado Drive walkway, next to the Bea Evenson Fountain and plaza in central Balboa Park.
Established in 1973, it was the first science museum to combine interactive science exhibits with a planetarium and an IMAX Dome (OMNIMAX) theater, setting the standard that most major science museums follow today.
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  • Not a lot to see, young kids area on top floor best thing they had, other than that not geared to young kids. Old science displays, not a lot of engaging things for kids under 7. Stuff seemed kinda... 
    Not a lot to see, young kids area on top floor best thing they had, other than that not geared to young kids. Old science displays, not a lot of engaging things for kids under 7. Stuff seemed kinda...  more »
  • It was so much fun!! We went on July 4th and there were so few people there. It was great. We have a 4 year old and a 9 year old and both were thoroughly entertained by the majority of the exhibits....  more
    It was so much fun!! We went on July 4th and there were so few people there. It was great. We have a 4 year old and a 9 year old and both were thoroughly entertained by the majority of the exhibits....  more »
  • We went here knowing how much our son loves hands on museums. This had a lot of things he could interact with. He enjoyed the electricity area and the miniatures area. My one knock on this is that....  more
    We went here knowing how much our son loves hands on museums. This had a lot of things he could interact with. He enjoyed the electricity area and the miniatures area. My one knock on this is that....  more »
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  • Great place. Recommended for kids. There was a set place for kids to go and it contained cool contraptions. There were 2 stories and we saw everything in about 3 hours. There was a dome with a show. It was really cool and it premiered different shows about the world. Great for all kids and adults alike! Best feature in my opinion was the dome. I want one! It was kinda crowded and not that many people wore masks
  • I love this science center! It's been a few years since we've been here but we purchased the annual subscription and had a great time! I love the changing exhibits and the transportation exhibit they have going on right now! It was a blast and they have a hover craft right now too. It's more like an air hockey table type of hover but still cool!
  • Very nice to take the kids, simple but very useful experiments to teach kids basic science and technology concepts, while having fun and being fully engaged. Kids love it! The exhibits are changing frequently, there is another upstairs floor with even more science. Don't miss out and watch one of the IMAX science/nature movies on the dome planetarium screen. Kids can spend the whole day trying out all the different exhibits. Bring your water and snacks!
  • We went to an event here and I was very impressed. Not only was the event great, but I was really impressed with how much has changed in the science center. It's very informative, but in a fun interactive way. We were like big kids playing with all the activities. I will be bringing my kids, nieces and nephews here for sure. Lots of fun learning opportunities and just a good time with 3 floors of interactive activities.
  • This is a very fun experience for families. Lots of interactive exhibits. Some of them were closed due to construction so that was a let down. Tix come with a 60 min movie. VR experience is an addl $8 I believe.

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