Reuben H. Fleet Science Center plus IMAX

Gate Prices: Adult $19.95 / Child $16.95
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Gate Prices Adult $19.95
Child (3-12) $16.95

Includes admission plus one IMAX movie

Play scientist for a day by engineering skyscrapers, examining images from the Hubble Space Telescope and comparing medical tissue samples. Little ones will love Kid City, with its conveyor belts and cranes. Bonus: there's a free IMAX movie daily.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a scientific complex, full of fascinating, hands-on learning experiences for visitors of all ages, AND it is home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, presenting the biggest films on earth! Stop by and try your hand at designing images with a sand pendulum, analyzing the vibrations of guitar strings, or just learning a new thing or two about our universe. Here’s a look at some of the exhibitions at the Fleet Science Center:

  • BLOCKBUSTERS!: This exhibit lets you play engineer, and build free-form structures such as skyscrapers and bridges, using thousands of wooden planks with no glue or connectors! You’ll be amazed at the sturdiness of these structures and will learn some of the secrets of engineering that prevent even big buildings from toppling. Hands-on fun for all ages!
  • Kid City: Let your little ones test their real-world skills as they check out the different systems and processes that make the world go ‘round! From conveyor belts and cranes to shopping carts and nutrition models, “Kid City” is a great place for parent-guided exploration and learning.
  • So Watt: An Illuminating Look at Energy: An enlightening look at energy conversion, conservation, and the science behind everyday appliances!
  • Aging for All Ages: Learn about the choices we are faced with on a daily basis and how even the simple ones can help you stay healthy and youthful! Compare old and young tissue samples through a microscope, and see what you will look like at 70 at the face-morphing exhibit.
  • Origins in Space: This comprehensive photographic collection examines the history of NASA and its massive aeronautical and scientific accomplishments. The impact of these accomplishments comes alive by showing how these scientific discoveries have impacted our everyday lives—you may just be surprised by what you learn! Also check out “View Space”, which lets you see the latest images from the space mission, including photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, which are downloaded daily and shown on a plasma screen!
  • Gallery of Illusions and Perceptions: Are the things we see and feel actually real? This exhibit will challenge your perceptions of reality as you learn how sight and touch actually work with, and sometimes against, the brain!
  • San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap: Learn where this city’s water actually comes from and how it’s delivered across the metropolitan area. Get your hands wet as you learn about conservation and preservation—great for all ages.

Bonus: The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s IMAX cinema screens one free IMAX film per day! After your hands-on learning experience, let your imagination run wild as you relax in the world’s largest IMAX Dome and catch a science-themed flick!

Getting In

Head to the ticketing counter and present your Pass for same-day admission plus one daytime IMAX film (subject to availability).


Daily, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm or later.


Open 365 days a year


Film tickets are subject to availability; some shows sell out in advance. There is no late seating for any film or planetarium show. Passes are not valid for special engagements or events, such as Fridays at the Fleet. Tickets are valid for same day admission only.


1875 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

Space Theater Way off of Park Boulevard, close to I-5, 163, and 94.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Kids had a great time
By amylynna Verified Reviewer from Gilbert, Az on
Educational for kids, Fun hands-on activities
Parking space limited,
Best Uses:
Great for kids,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Reuben H. Fleet Science Center plus IMAX:

Unfortunately we were on a set schedule for the day. The kids could have easily spent 4-6 hours there with all of the hands-on activities. They even had an area for infants/toddlers to visit. We definitely plan on visiting again. The science center is located in Balboa Park where the historical buildings are absolutely gorgeous. We visited most of the museums, and also enjoyed the vendors along the walk. Parking is limited, but free. You can purchase food from the vendors-it was pretty inexpensive. I definitely recommend taking a day to enjoy visiting all of the museums.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Fun for kids
By travelsandiego Verified Reviewer from Midlothian, VA on
Imax for all ages, Good for kids
A little older,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Reuben H. Fleet Science Center plus IMAX:

Great spot to bring the kids - educational and interactive. Imax movie is included with passes.

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