At the Fleet Science Center, you can touch a tornado, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get your hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena through dozens of delightful interactive exhibits for all ages.
The Fleet is home to the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, presenting immersive IMAX® films and digital planetarium shows, transporting audiences from outer space to underwater and every place in between. Its unique configuration wraps the audience in images and provides the illusion of being suspended in space.
Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center also offers:
- Studio X, where you can experiment, invent and create
- Kid City, a place just for kids ages five and under
- Workshops, camps and more
- Craveology, which serves up flatbread pizzas, salads, ice cream and other delicious treats
- The North Star Science Store, where you can find unique, science-related toys and games, books and more
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Design is everywhere we look and in everything we do, and STEM is behind it all. Behind every dance mix, there’s a beat. Behind every thrill ride, there’s velocity. Behind every half-pipe, there’s a vert ramp. Design Zone uses hands-on activities to show how design concepts become real-world experiences in the arts, entertainment and extreme sports.
In Design Zone you can:
- Create your own art and explore the math behind visual creativity. See your designs emerge on an enormous coordinate grid, leap to the next level as you set the variables in a video game and find your way through a digital maze on a giant tilt table!
- Put together music tracks at a DJ recording studio, match beats on a set of simulated turntables, create a laser light show at a virtual dance party and more!
- Build a custom digital roller coaster, design your own skate park, and go behind the scenes at a bike race where you can test gear combinations, select a course and ride your cycle in a virtual competition!
Visit Design Zone at the Fleet Science Center and create your experience!
Visit Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Open daily: 10:00 AM
Closing times vary
Blink Balboa Park Reuben H Fleet Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA