The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park offers the following promotions for qualifying guests to save on admission, including members of the military, senior citizens, teachers, large groups, San Diego residents, college students and more!

Military Discounts

Every day, we honor active-duty military service members and their families with a 10% discount on admission. Just present your military I.D.

Discount vouchers, good for 20% off admission, are available at the following MWR ticket office locations: 32nd Street, Silver Strand, North Island, Sub Base, Navy Station, Pier 7, Drive Side, Medical Center/Balboa Park, Camp Pendleton, MCRD and Miramar. 

Residents Free Tuesdays: On the first Tuesday of each month, we offer free exhibit gallery admission and discounted theater show tickets for active-duty military members. See below for more information.

Educator Discount

Join our Teacher Partner Program and get free, unlimited Fleet exhibit gallery admission plus an IMAX film voucher—and lots more! Please note: This discount does not apply to college-level, vocational or home educators.

For more information about school group visits to the Fleet or bringing fantastic Fleet science shows and workshops to your school or community center, visit our School Programs page. 

Residents Free Day

Balboa Park organizations offer free admission to students, San Diego city and county residents and active-duty military and their family members with Military I.Ds on selected days for one day each month. 

The first Tuesday of each month is the Fleet's Residents’ Free Day. San Diego county residents, local college students and active-duty military get free admission to our exhibit galleries and discounted Heikoff Giant Dome Theater show tickets. Residents must show I.D. with a local address, students must show their school I.D. and active-duty military must show a military I.D. On the Fleet's Residents’ Free Day, documentary show tickets are $9.95 for county residents, local college students and military. 

Senior Citizens

The first Monday of every month is set aside for seniors to enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a Giant Dome Theater show and a Sharp Minds lecture for only $10! No coupons or additional discounts apply. For more information, visit Senior Mondays. Sharp Minds lectures are not held on holidays.

Groups of 15 or More

Looking for something fun to do with a large group of friends or family? Searching for a unique team-building experience for you and your coworkers? The Fleet has you covered! Groups of 15 or more receive 20% off regular admission, and—as party planner extraordinaire—you'll receive free admission. Contact our Special Events department to make your reservation, and while you've got us on the phone, ask about add-ons including a second documentary film or a box lunch. We have a variety of packages to choose from, and we can help make sure your next family reunion or friendly get-together is fun and memorable!

  • Explore over 100+ hands-on exhibits that you can touch
  • Stop by Studio X with your team to create take-home projects
  • Take in the splendor of the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater—the first of its kind in the world and Southern California's only giant dome theater

Balboa Park Explorer Pass

Experience arts, science, history, culture, and more! The Balboa Park Explorer Pass is your ticket to some of the best museums San Diego has to offer. Get the most out of your visit to Balboa Park with affordable and convenient Pass options: Limited (up to four venues), Parkwide (seven consecutive days of access to all participating venues), and Annual (365 days of unlimited exploring!). Annual Pass types include: 

  • Family (up to any 2 named adults and up to any 4 named children, ages 3-17)
  • Adults (age 18+)
  • Senior (age 65+)
  • College Student (w/ valid College/University ID)
  • Youth* (ages 3-17)

To purchase your Pass, visit Balboa Park Explorer. The Balboa Park Explorer Pass is accepted at the Fleet Science Center for gallery admission.

Note: Limited and Parkwide Passes include one documentary film at the Fleet Science Center’s IMAX dome theater. Annual Passholders receive special prices for tickets to documentary films at the Fleet Science Center’s IMAX dome theater. Contact the Balboa Park Explorer team with any questions about Passes at 619-232-7502, press 2.

*Youth Passes are currently only available for purchase over the phone.


A Fleet Membership gives you valuable deals and discounts. A Fleet membership provides unlimited admission and one free documentary film* per visit. A Fleet Membership offers members discounts on additional guest admissions and additional films; 10% off store, cafe, concessions purchases; discounts on all education programs; and special member events. And a Fleet Membership creates a community that supports our mission of connecting everyone in San Diego to the power of science.

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