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Discounts, Deals & Special Offers

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 Educator Resources page. 
  • The Fleet Inquiry Institute offers professional development for educators. Learn more!

Residents’ Free Day: For San Diego County Residents, Local College Students and Military 

  • 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 military I.D. On the Fleet's Residents’ Free Day, Giant Dome Theater show tickets are $9.95 for county residents, local college students and military. For more information, visit Residents’ Free Day.

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 recieve 20% off regular admission, and—as party planner extraordinaire—you'll receive free admission! Call the Special Events department to make your reservation, and while you've got us on the phone, ask about add-ons such as 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 my 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
  • Ready to have a day of fun and excitement? While the Fleet is open 365 days per year, our Special Events team can help you anytime Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed holidays and weekends).

The Balboa Park Explorer

  • The Balboa Park Explorer is the first-ever annual pass that provides unlimited general admission to 16 cultural institutions in the park. The Balboa Park Explorer provides San Diegans with exceptional convenience and value. The pass is now available for purchase at three levels: Student or Senior, Individual and Family (for up to six people, a maximum of two adults and four children). To purchase the pass, visit Balboa Park Explorer. The Balboa Park Explorer pass is accepted at the Fleet for gallery admission. Giant Dome Theater shows may be added at a discount.


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