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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
818-354-4321
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Ranked #6 of 31 Attractions in Pasadena
Type: Educational Sites, Factory Tours, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Clifton, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I was very fortunate to have a personal tour from one of my friends who works there. It was fascinating! We saw the museum, the gift shop, the place where spacecraft are built,and she also took me around to several buildings where real scientists were doing real work. I enjoyed seeing smart young people busy dreaming up innovative processes and... More

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Altadena, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Lots of stuff going on at JPL, Mars Rover, SMAP Launch, Cassini still bringing on great science. Get a tour there or go to the open house will worth it.

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Orofino, Idaho
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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
11 attraction reviews
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
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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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7 reviews 7 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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