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The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Our mission is to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science.

At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure. Explore the wonders of the planet—and beyond—in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet hosts school field trips, science workshops, and educational camps.

For adults, we offer events like Fleet Night of Science and community events, such as Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar. In the community, we also provide free neighborhood science events weekly through 52 Weeks of Science. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities.

Fleet Science Center
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Klint Johnson
Klint Johnson
23:53 21 Nov 22
Full of rare and historic automobiles and motorcycles.Deloreon you can sit in. REO speed wagon. 2020 Ford GT. Custom... Dodge Spider. Later edition Ford Model-T. Original Chevy Electronic Ignition. Indians. Harley Davidsons. Lots of other rare and beautiful automobiles.An incredible small museum. If you like fine, historical and innovative cars and motorcycles this is your place. They included a few lemons as well.It’s a bit on the small size, one of the smallest museums in Balboa Park. However, a MUST-see for those with the Explorer pass.Not a comprehensive automotive museum, but has a range of cars and motorcycles that WILL NOT disappoint those who admire fine engineering. A true gem in San Diego.My son wishes this place were much larger, as he read nearly every plaque and admired the cars in less than two hours. Still, it is a deep experience in auto history.read more
Michelle Packer
Michelle Packer
19:33 10 Oct 22
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.read more
Gina Fierro-Ignacio
Gina Fierro-Ignacio
17:38 08 Sep 22
Our first experience at Fleet Science Center and my 5 year old thoroughly enjoyed every exhibit. There were so many... things for the kids to see and do. They also have a small children's pretend city geared for kids 5 and under that included pretend play, computers with games and a few other activities. We got a chance to see the IMAX film and my 5 year old was in awe of the dome-shaped theatre. Would definitely re-visit when we're in the area again.read more
T Chan
T Chan
00:43 05 Sep 22
Brought my 6 and 8 yr olds…both had a blast. The exhibits are very interactive which kept the kids excited for more. We... were there only for a few hours, but wish we had more time to see the rest of the museum. The kids loved the workshop where they can build there own projects. Also don’t miss the movie which is included with the ticket…what a great theatre!read more
Catherine Hunt
Catherine Hunt
13:53 02 Aug 22
We have been going over the years with our grandkids & kids and this is a great, educational museum for all ages. The... museum also has a “live” reptile exhibit which the kids enjoy. We also enjoy the educational 20-30 minute movies that are well done. Today was “free Tuesday” and it was busy with lots of kids.read more
He Su
He Su
00:44 15 Jul 22
I've loved this place ever since I was a young child and now I take my son here. If your child has the slightest... incoming towards science, take them. It may change their lives forever, it did for me. Parking can be a challenge sometimes, but every museum it's something unique and the science center is one of the best, interactive displays everywhere and even a place for children under 5 upstairs with Kid City at no extra cost. Sometimes the displays don't work and that can be frustrating (right now they have a little blimp trace thing that has been down for months, my Son has had us go back repeatedly to see if they've fixed it). But there are so many other things, this is bound to happen.read more
oleg popa
oleg popa
22:36 11 Jul 22
I visited the center with my family two adults and 2 kids that center activity it’s interesting for kids , but it’s... only for one time visit but safe for one adult ticket price I think overpriced 25$ adult , 20$ kids for what they have inside in what kind of gadgets for they have inside , sum of the display was closed or it was not working , I’ll recommend better if you wanna go multiple times take , annual pass because it will gonna be more cheaper than take one day ticket for four people , we pay $80 +tax is not worth , plus they have a couple stuff inside where you need to pay extra money which one is not including and the ticket price. And I found one of the toy ship 🚢 was cracked , I reported to that employee and they said they gonna take care which one is good but I’ll check next time if they fix itread more
Ryanmark86
Ryanmark86
15:50 09 Jul 22
The museum is in a beautiful location! Right by the fountain in gorgeous Balboa Park. The science center had... interesting exhibits and some unique areas. The center felt a bit dated unfortunately. A number of the displays had items missing or not working to be able to fully experience the museum. I wouldn’t rush to add this spot to your San Diego vacation but if time allows it is worth a quick visit.read more
Daniel Rheaume
Daniel Rheaume
20:55 29 Jun 22
Wow, so I should have visited before I purchase an annual pass. I did not think in purchasing the pass that I would be... so terribly disappointed.I lost count how many exhibits are non-functional. If I were on the board of this organization, I'd be working with the local engineering departments of the 15 schools in a 100 mile radius to see if we could fix some of the exhibits for school credit of some kind (electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc...)My most brutal take is their main money maker must be their in-house theater. That seemed to be well-oiled with no issues, especially since they play modern titles.Save your money, they're not working very hard to keep a large portion of their displays and features running at the moment.read more
George Saridakis
George Saridakis
05:33 28 May 22
I wish I could give this place less then a one star review. We came to watch Top Gun on a Friday night, and during the... best part of the movie, the movie start to skips and restarts. They put it back to where we were at, then it skipped non stop again. No manager or person came to the theatre to speak to us. Once everyone lost hope, we walked outside and the manger told everyone no refunds. Yea, can you believe that? Only thing they could offer was the same movie at a different date.Terrible experience. Ruined a great movie. This place is not worth it. Our necks were cranked looking up and side ways, on top of that no leg space because the chairs don’t recline.Do your self a favor and watch a person at a regular theatre. Where the movie will work, the customer service will be good, and at least they’ll give you your money back if the movie has an issue.read more
Aisha E
Aisha E
22:34 16 May 22
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.read more
Sarah Garland
Sarah Garland
23:21 15 Apr 22
Nice science center, it is similar to smaller scale science museums. I've seen most of the exhibits already in other... museums. However, I wouldn't discourage people from visiting. My son loved the electricity center, he did the VR ride, and we had to have a conversation about sharing over the racing bike game--he basically wouldn't leave it.read more
Adrian Pham
Adrian Pham
02:27 11 Apr 22
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 masksread more
Mark Clemons
Mark Clemons
20:55 27 Feb 22
The science center was fun, we spent about 90 minutes here. A lot of things were closed and in comparison to other... science centers around the country it's pretty small. The kids enjoyed it but it does not hold its own compared to the Orlando science center or the Portland museum of science.read more
Adam Kaufman
Adam Kaufman
06:31 24 Feb 22
Nice museum to visit with children when visiting Balboa Park. We enjoyed the exhibits and the dome theater. However,... admission for our family of four would have been over $80 and that seems a bit too steep. Luckily, we had a 50% off discount. Admission with the discount seemed like the correct amount.read more
Veronica Mendez
Veronica Mendez
23:17 23 Feb 22
It was fun. They removed a big section that my daughter loved that said no adulting. Not sure if they're making... something new but hopefully they'll add something cool in that area. I believe it's free for San Diego residents on the 1st Tuesday of the monthread more
Try Madeira
Try Madeira
22:35 04 Feb 22
For the high prices of admission, this museum lacks to deliver any amusement or quality. Everything is mostly rundown,... dark and dysfunctional. Plus customer service lacks as an elderly woman worker in the front entrance displays no personality or welcoming attitudes. Whenever I would ask a question she would snap rudely and try to dismiss me like I was bothering her. You would think the technicians would be good at something as well but they fail to deliver overall. Do yourself a favor and spend your money someplace where you will actually not regret it and receive better service.read more
Shahram Atrian
Shahram Atrian
18:36 24 Jan 22
It is located in beautiful Balboa park, is a wonderful experience for kids. There is an amazing VR and IMAX theater.... You and your kids will learn a lot about energy and water generation and consumption in the US and in San Diego county.read more
Cesar Contreras
Cesar Contreras
21:07 12 Jan 22
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!read more
Tasha Garcia
Tasha Garcia
01:02 04 Jan 22
My daughter loves this place. We always have so much fun when we come here. Even my 6 month old had a blast at this... place yesterday ❤read more
Bill Loy
Bill Loy
20:23 21 Dec 21
Great exhibits for people of all ages and interests. Kid City is really good, limited to kids 5 and under with really... cool things to do. The exhibits of miniature automatons is fascinating; a combination of really creative wood-and-metal working with mechanical engineering - and there's a lot of buttons for little kids to push!read more
Barbara Brandon
Barbara Brandon
18:22 18 Nov 21
I used to go there as a kid and it's changed so much over the years.. currently, there's video games and the... educational part of it is the science behind it.. customer service is still good as well as I remember.. Prices have gone up and now Hollywood movies are shown there in addition to the educational documentaries... They're still require face masks and safety protocols..read more
Robert Knott
Robert Knott
16:24 23 Oct 21
Very disappointing experience. Definitely not for adults without young kids. I asked the employee if the science center... was geared at all for adults so I didn't waste one of my 4 museum tickets if it wasn't and he failed to tell me this place is entirely geared toward children. Even still the exhibits are old and in need of updates. Certainly not worth the entrance cost for adults.read more
Esther Vining
Esther Vining
13:12 18 Oct 21
This place was so much fun for our kids. It is very clean, had multiple rooms with a lot of things to do.. you should... go visit ! Make sure you mention kids free in October to get free tickets for your kids !read more
Carl H
Carl H
15:42 11 Oct 21
Loved the exhibits. Great for kids. They let me in using my Arizona science membership. Nice that they reciprocate... with other museumsread more
Jessie Munoz
Jessie Munoz
18:46 05 Oct 21
When I went to the science museum when I was a little kid there was so much more geared towards children. The kid zone... is cool for the kids... But everything else was very grown up in the fact that you have so much reading to understand what is being shown. With little ones they don't have the attention span for this. I would definitely say that it is not worth this type of entry fee for what they provide. We were all disappointed.read more
Tina Townsend
Tina Townsend
00:38 02 Oct 21
Smaller museum at Balboa Park. Perfect end for a day with a bit of time left. Interesting cars and motorcycles. ... Several didn't have signs telling about them, though. Most interesting was the car that was driven from California to New York and back with no stops! Couldn't spot the shower, though. Amazing at any rate, and sure to capture the imagination of young and old alike.read more
Karina Peterson
Karina Peterson
19:05 18 Aug 21
It’s really old, dirty and outdated. Clearly the kids could hurt themselves on some of these toys. They’re sharp and... broken. The only thing that looks new is the VR experience and the cafeteria and the shop. The free ice cream is really good. Everything else is broken or really old it’s falling apart. The kids zone has such old toys you can’t even tell what kind of fruit or vegetable they’re playing with. The little rings that are supposed to roll on their own don’t even have a stick so you can interact with the display. The carpets are filthy and old. Upstairs where the “music” section is a lot of the displays are missing parts. The one good thing is that the customer service is really good but I wouldn’t really visit unless you want to spend money on “something to do”. The dome theatre is kinda coolread more
Teo
Teo
03:17 06 Aug 21
Science rocks! This place can give you a broad experience of many wonderful science projects. You can spend many hours... trying different experiments. This is a great place for kids ages 5-12!read more
Eric Elliott
Eric Elliott
20:26 27 Jul 21
Great place for younger kiddos yet still has enough to keep teenagers entertained. My only beef is when a... display/station has broken or missing parts. I really feel like there is enough foot traffic to warrant quick repairs.read more
Greg Hornick
Greg Hornick
19:06 25 Jul 21
Great place to introduce young minds to hands on experiences that could spark further years of interest. Some younger... guests may have difficulty on some interactive exhibits that requires higher level math or critical thinking but they fortunately have a young kids zone upstairs as well.If you're viewing a movie experience be sure to arrive to the theater doors early to guarantee best seating. But don't worry if you get stuck in a corner seat either, still a decent all around viewing experience.read more
Jimmy Cazanelli
Jimmy Cazanelli
20:50 14 Jul 21
This is good learning place, I go to school and I learn, I learn more here because it help learning me. I like penguin... show. Every time there is penguin show I go, I bring Pengy my penguin friendWhen I go last time I get a hot dog and I learn about magnets. There was no penguin but they had guitar show. This was good.My favorite thing is the nice peopleread more
Daniel Castro
Daniel Castro
08:25 11 Jul 21
We really enjoyed our time here. Lots of interesting things to see and learn. A little something here for everyone.
Heather Roth
Heather Roth
00:21 04 Jul 21
Parking is free, and there are a TON of other museums to choose from after exhausting yourself at this one. There are a... lot of hands-on exhibits for the kids, and other themes to hold the teenagers' interest. My son romped around Kid Town, played in the games room, and had a great time trying out a the science experiments.I really liked the large choice of educational games in the store as you leave.read more
Malinda Seppala
Malinda Seppala
03:23 02 Jul 21
Kind of boring, I'm used to the one in Arizona.. but the virtual reality thing was pretty cool, I loved the theater,... we watched a movie on a sea turtle. The 2 young men that worked in the kids workshop area, were really nice, upbeat and helpful..we made a couple spinning tops.read more
Matt Warren
Matt Warren
05:56 15 Jun 21
This place is great for kids and adults. I had a blasted and so did the little ones. You get to be very interactive... with all the displays and is well worth the price of admission especially that it comes with a iMax ticket. There are two floors you can explore and the top one does have an area for smaller kiddos so if you have an age difference like we did no one felt left out. Also really liked the nasa info they had in there.read more
Lisa Cole-Jones
Lisa Cole-Jones
05:30 03 Jun 21
Great experience for kids. Lots of hands-on interactive science demonstrations. The Tesla coil was particularly... impressive. And my kids really enjoyed the IMAX documentaries.read more
Chavez Web Design, LLC
Chavez Web Design, LLC
04:28 28 May 21
I loved this place it has so many activities for the kids. The restrooms were clean and it was so fun. The movie of the... turtle 🐢 was excellent.read more
Jolene Douglas
Jolene Douglas
04:25 24 May 21
This has to be one of my favorites!! Everything from the theater dome to all the hands on stuff you get to play with.... They even have a Tesla coil and do live demonstrations. Fun for your whole family.read more
Matthias Duenner
Matthias Duenner
15:59 23 May 21
Great place for young explorers. The kids loved it. Lots of hands on stuff for them to do.
A J
A J
02:21 19 May 21
Kids wanted to try this place out. Lots of activities for kids 5-12. Very easy access and not too crowded. Cool little... bistro that serves snacks, cold drinks, and beer right next doorread more
Matt
Matt
05:43 14 May 21
This place is absolutely awesome. Make sure to hit the imax movie. You won't regret it. 360 degrees of fun! I have been... coming here as a kid and it's no wonder how much I love science. This place never gets old. There are many different lessons. Some that have been there since I can remember and others that are brand new. Balboa Park in itelselfnis great but the addition of the science center really makes it a great family go to. They are expanding the lab area but it still looks good and clean. My favorite of course is the Imax theater. Booyowread more
Brenda Clark
Brenda Clark
18:06 11 May 21
Great place to take kids any age. Hands on science plus IMAX theater was outstanding. All Covid safety in place.
kitzu jimenez
kitzu jimenez
22:40 04 May 21
Super educational place for children of all ages, they have games where children learn and explore, very clean, it has... access for people with disabilities.read more
HiTz Squad
HiTz Squad
22:29 26 Apr 21
Perfect for the curious little ones! The VR experience is also super cool!!
Marcus Robertson
Marcus Robertson
08:21 02 Jan 21
How fun and creative is this place! My boys 2 and 4-1/2 loves coming here. The 'construction area' and ships are... awesome! It is obvious that each area is very well thought out for what a kid would love. We spent also a lot of time in the art area, where you can literally paint the town orange! :). If only we lived close by, we would be there all the time, and I did get severely lost 🙁read more
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
16:06 29 Dec 20
This is a great museum for young kids. I went with my family, nephew and nieces during the Halloween event and the... place had kids of all ages. There is a place for infants to play where adults and kids have to take their shoes off. There was an animal petting place and different rooms that had arts and crafts. I also saw a miniature train ride for kids.read more
Sirrius Blue
Sirrius Blue
19:35 08 Dec 20
Great place. Closed now. But used to go a lot
Lillian Stevenson
Lillian Stevenson
17:51 09 Nov 20
Love this place. The only time we had an issue the staff were great at solving it and compensate us for the... inconvenience. Staff is nice and bathrooms are always clean.read more
It’s Lucas Barker
It’s Lucas Barker
23:08 27 Oct 20
Fun place but every time it’s just the same stuff
Alexander Walsh
Alexander Walsh
02:52 16 Sep 20
Great place for kids and adults to nerd out and have a good time
Wesley Munoz
Wesley Munoz
03:28 02 Sep 20
My Wife and I decided to come here during our recent trip to SD and it was a lot of fun! We love taking silly pictures... together and we had a lot of fun. I'd suggest bringing your own tripod or renting one of theirs. We decided not to but wish we did. There are a lot of cool Fleet Science Center to take pictures with. Only complaint is it's a little small and a lot of the murals are close together so you constantly have people near you trying to get their pictures at the same time. Other than that it was a great time and I'd recommend!read more
April Jackson
April Jackson
19:02 22 Aug 20
Luv the science Fleet Center close at this time but will we be reopening soon stay tuned
Karin De Jauregui
Karin De Jauregui
01:05 21 Jul 20
Sleep is always trying to bring in new things. We love the IMAX movies and Planetarium chose and the Mindbender exhibit
Yvonne Rini
Yvonne Rini
20:09 04 May 20
We always have a good time. We have the annual pass and it is a really good value. 2 adults and all your kids, plus... IMAX tickets for less than $120 ( I don't remember the exact amount)read more
Windy Bayless
Windy Bayless
08:19 14 Mar 20
The night life at the Academy of Sciences is awesome! If you enjoy going here during the day time, you'll love it even... more during the night! The benefits are that there are no kids, and there are a lot of interesting activities to do here! I went here on a Thursday night with my family and there was henna, t-shirt prints, alcohol, and so much more! I enjoyed experiencing and seeing the earthquakes and how to prepare for that. Also, I enjoyed a different vibe (I felt like I was at an exclusive club). This is a good place for a date night with a loved one. Will try it again another night.read more
Tricia Collier
Tricia Collier
00:59 12 Mar 20
One of our twins was being cranky at that time and I was amazed that one of the staff members checked on us a couple of... times to make sure everything was okay. They gave our kids a variety of activities so that they could enjoy playing. I mean they have a technique to divert the negative energy of a child to a positive direction. Everything then was great and our kids were having a blast. They did not even want to leave, but it was time to go. We will definitely be returning.read more
Robyn Miller
Robyn Miller
16:49 01 Mar 20
Went for the kids night out and they loved it! My girls range from 4 years to 10 and it was appropriate for each. They... had pizza, got to free-explore the 3 main exhibits (the loved the "brain" and "energy" exhibits) and then they got to watch an IMAX movie with popcorn!! Much better than a babysitter and much preferred to the parents night out we tried at another place. Would definitely do it again. Worth the price!read more
Ronald Marchesano
Ronald Marchesano
20:56 28 Jan 20
It's mostly geared for kids but there are ample displays upstairs for adults. And, then, there is the domed theater... that offers a selection from a few venues that occassionally rotates with different films. The museum doesn't seem to have been very innovative as they haven't maintained old displays very well and they shut down the virtual reality ride that was a blast.read more
Alexa Scia
Alexa Scia
23:54 15 Jan 20
Great place to take the kids & family.... it's a free museum only asking for donations at end of your visit. So many... items of interest for everyone and it's hands on meaning you can feel free to examine, handle and/or play with things being careful not to break or linger too long on any one thing. They have clean bathrooms and a small gift shop. Plenty of free parking. Located in Balboa Park which is lovely anytime of year you also have coffee & dining areas and several museums as well as Botanical Gardens.read more
Ulia M.
Ulia M.
22:23 05 Jan 20
My son is 2 and he LOVED it! The science center is interactive, which is especially nice if your kid can stay in one... spot. Wish we could see the movies that are offered with the general admission. There is a skating rink inside as well, I general this is a great place for anyone who wants to learn a thing or two as well as kids.read more
Ashish Mehta
Ashish Mehta
17:48 02 Jan 20
The museum has plenty of attractions and was very inviting. My kids loved the Pause-Play section. Imax movie experience... was breathtaking. Even though they had the winter paradise exhibit, we really didn't enjoy the ice skating.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. It's right behind the San Diego Natural History Museum and you can park your car at the same spot to visit both these museums.Buy the San Diego Go Card to visit Zoo, Legoland, Sea world and Balboa museums.read more
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