The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is temporarily closed through the end of October 2023 as we enhance our accommodations for an even more extraordinary experience at the Fleet Science Center.
Deals & Discounts
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Kids Free San Diego
The Fleet Science Center is proud to participate in the San Diego Tourism Authority and San Diego Museum Council's Kids Free San Diego promotion. In October, more than 50 museums and attractions throughout San Diego County allow free admission for one child (age 3–12) with every paid adult ticket. You can explore the Fleet and all its regular exhibitions for one low price! Download the coupon on the San Diego Museum Council's website and present it at the Fleet's ticket counter to be redeemed.
Promotion must be redeemed at the ticket counter; it is not available for online purchases. Valid for gallery admission only; promotion does not include documentary films. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. It is not valid for field trips or specially-ticketed events. Purchase of a Balboa Park Explorer Pass or Go City pass does not qualify as a full-priced adult admission.
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
Reservations for groups of 15 or more receive 20% off regular admission. This is the best way to save money on a single visit to Fleet Science Center—perfect for company outings, birthday excursions, or community activities.
Also, ask about demonstrations, tours, workshops, birthday packages, and other ways to make your visit special. To book your group visit, fill out our Group Sales and Special Events contact form, and a member of our team will reach out to you.
- Schools and Field Trips
As a community-centered institution, the Fleet Science Center is committed to providing accessible and engaging science education for all. Learn more about our field trip lesson plans, interactive workshops, IMAX documentary films, and other curated content by our team of expert educators and scientists.
Ready to book your visit? Complete a Request Form and a member of our education team will reach out to you to confirm your booking. You can also click here for more general information about our school programs like our travelling science show and Science To-Go programs. We can't wait to see you and your school at the Fleet!
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.
- Go City