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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
818-354-4321
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Ranked #5 of 28 attractions in Pasadena
Type: Educational Sites, Factory Tours, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Greenbelt, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Paris
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77 reviews 77 reviews
9 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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153 reviews 153 reviews
83 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Waterford, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Friendly, informed, passionate employees treated us to a tour of a lifetime. Visited Mission Control, watched 3D movie about applications of their work and visited many labs and Mars Yard. Don't miss this one!

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Ponce Inlet, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Jet Propulsion Labs is a joint project of NASA and Cal Tech, the place where very leading-edge satellites and MARS-landers have been designed and built. On their Wednesday afternoon tours they have experts who explain techy topics in language that we all can understand. Then they take you around their space-age facility so you can see their models up close... More

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