SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 17, 2018: The Fleet Science Center, a science museum and planetarium, along with the historic Bea Evenson fountain, both located in Balboa Park, an urban city park.; Shutterstock ID 1027097284; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

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Fleet Science Center

San Diego

A top pick in Balboa Park, this hands-on science museum features interactive displays, including a room geared to the milk-tooth set. Look out for opportunities to build gigantic structures or to become a human battery, and ask about demonstrations of the mysterious Tesla Coil. The biggest draw, though, is the Giant Dome Theater, which presents several different films and planetarium shows daily.

The hemispherical, wraparound screen and 152-speaker state-of-the-art sound system create sensations ranging from pretty cool to mind-blowing.

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