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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
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Ranked #5 of 31 Attractions in Pasadena
Type: Educational Sites, Factory Tours, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Orofino, Idaho
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A wonderful, free tour of one of our nation's space centers. JPL, with around 5000 employees, is affiliated with NASA and the CA Institute of Technology. If you're lucky, you may be able to see the lunar rover involved in testing.

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Pasadena, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The open house was cancelled last year, so I haven't been there for over a year, but this is a perennial favorite for any space fan. The labs, projects, movies, robots, rovers, satellites, and most importantly, the scientists and engineers make a visit to JPL an exciting combination of space science education and science history. They have a few public... More

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

let me start by saying that this is not a NASA center where you show up at the front door and visit. not even the visitor center (which does not exist). there are only a few ways to get beyond the guard shack: either you catch one of the open houses (once a year or so) or sign up well... More

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I worked at JPL for many years so don't claim to be objective. But every year they have an Open House which more than 40,000 people attend. So locals love it too. On other dates reservations are required for tours and must be made months in advance. Call their Public Affairs Office for information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The people are very friendly and the visitors center has great staff to show for those who like or not astronomy. Great for kids.

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Pasadena, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Very informative and so much to see. I went on an arranged tour. Do not know about reservations for smaller parties

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

If you look into it, there are more than a few counterdictions in JPL. Using jet in the name when it was always about rockets was just to not confuse the rubes who pay for it. The guy who was the most instrumental in its founding by the name of Jack Parsons was an outstanding scientist, & also a dedicated... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was surprised that I could take in a camera, but after hearing it is on 177 acres (twice the area of Disneyland) I knew why. We got to see a lot but realize that much was going on in other places with the 5,000 employees working. Seeing ALL the moon rovers was the most impressive thing for me and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

1). Don't come hungry or thirsty! Bring your own bottle of water! 2). Don't wear your high heels or professional suits/dresses! Wear something very comfortable such as tennis shoes or walking shoes. Don't wear flip flops. 3). Have your camera ready, you will see deer and ducks all over the campus. 4). Recommend you have an appreciation for space exploration... More

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I was part of a workshop hosted on JPL grounds. Staff were friendly, facility is over-the-top amazing. Complete nerdfest!

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