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The Fleet Science Center, located in San Diego, is a leading science museum dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning and discovery through interactive exhibits and educational programs. The center offers visitors the opportunity to explore a wide array of scientific concepts and technologies in a fun and engaging environment.

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: Established in 1973, the Fleet Science Center was named in honor of aviation pioneer Reuben H. Fleet. The center was created to foster a greater understanding of science and technology among the public.
  • Mission: The mission of the Fleet Science Center is to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. The center aims to create a dynamic learning environment that inspires curiosity and innovation.

Key Features and Exhibits

  • Interactive Exhibits: The Fleet Science Center features a variety of interactive exhibits that cover topics such as physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering. Visitors can engage in hands-on activities that make learning about science fun and accessible.
  • IMAX Dome Theater: The Fleet's IMAX theater features a 76-foot dome screen that provides an immersive movie experience. The theater showcases a range of educational films on subjects such as space exploration, natural wonders, and scientific discoveries.
  • Tinkering Studio: A creative space where visitors can engage in hands-on activities and DIY projects. The Tinkering Studio encourages experimentation and problem-solving through activities that blend science, art, and engineering.
  • Kid City: Designed for children under the age of five, Kid City offers a safe and interactive environment where young children can explore basic scientific concepts through play. The area includes exhibits on light, sound, and simple machines.
  • Block Busters!: This exhibit allows visitors to explore the world of engineering and construction by building structures with giant foam blocks. It encourages creativity, teamwork, and understanding of engineering principles.
  • Space Gallery: Dedicated to space science and astronomy, this gallery features exhibits on the solar system, space exploration, and the latest discoveries in astrophysics. Visitors can learn about the wonders of the universe and the technology used to explore it.


Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the Fleet Science Center’s website for current exhibits, IMAX film schedules, special events, and educational programs to make the most of your visit.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking around the center and participating in hands-on activities.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack water and snacks, as the center offers areas where you can rest and enjoy a snack.
  • Engage with Staff: Utilize the knowledgeable staff and volunteers who can provide insights and answer questions about the exhibits and programs.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage children to participate in the interactive exhibits and family programs for an educational and memorable experience.


By visiting the Fleet Science Center, families can immerse themselves in the world of science and technology, explore interactive exhibits, and learn about important scientific concepts. The center provides a dynamic and educational environment that inspires curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning in children and visitors of all ages.


Each Ticket includes one (1) documentary in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and all exhibit galleries


Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Each Ticket includes one (1) documentary in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and all exhibit galleries

Does not include student ticket. 


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket. Each Ticket includes one (1) documentary in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and all exhibit galleries

Fleet Science Center

PriceFrom $34.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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