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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Address: 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone Number: 818-354-4321
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Activities: Group tours/day tour

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What makes the JPL so special is that is one-of-a-kind. For those of us who grew up with space exploration, it is a real treat to see Voyager 1, the Mars Rovers, and to sit in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Glendale, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Lots of uphill and down. Limited access to Lab, not friendly too much security and heavy handed guards.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

What makes the JPL so special is that is one-of-a-kind. For those of us who grew up with space exploration, it is a real treat to see Voyager 1, the Mars Rovers, and to sit in Mission Control. The introductory film is well-done, and the guides cram a lot of information into the tour. This is a wonderful experience, and... More 

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Pasadena, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was fortunate to have a private tour in a small group from an employee friend. For those of us that grew up with the "space race" this was a real thrill to see the control room and displays that have been so much a part of our history. You have to plan way ahead if you want to book... More 

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Bangkok
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345 reviews 345 reviews
252 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

If you are a die hard outer space junkie, you'll be in heaven here. Lots of interesting displays of satellites and rovers. There is an informative film narrated by Harrison Ford. And you get to visit mission control (yes, it's really active for the probes controlled by JPL) and the assembly building. The tour is 2.5 hours, which is a... More 

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La Jolla, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My daughter grown up with this yearly May open house tour, She loved it. unfortunately they canceled last year's open house due to lack of funding. please check their website in May to see whether it hold the open house in May.

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Montrose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very nice museum. The von Karman lecture series is well worth your time. Visitor Parking is right next to the entrance. Educational outreach to schools and financial support to FIRST robotic teams is stellar! Open House is very educational. Suggest going Sunday morning to avoid the public throngs of people. Employee volunteers make it very interesting. Catch a few JPL... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

You have to book the public tour months in advance - but it was worth it. The crowd is very small and there weren't any lines (still had problems finding parking though). I went with my husband and teenage son who are "nerdy" and loved it - but I don't know anything about this stuff and loved it as well.... More 

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Los Angeles
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28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you are interested in the NASA space program, you MUST take JPL's NASA tour. It's very interesting!

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Eagle
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Very impressive tour. NOT FOR LITTLE KIDS. Unbelievable facility, well versed and knowledgeable tour guide. The un-manned exploration of space starts here.

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Pasadena, California
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37 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I was here recently for one of the JPL Open Houses. This is a really nice facility located close to the 210 Freeway. On the day we went the crowds were tremendous. Even though JPL has several parking lots, getting to them was difficult due to the huge crowds. Lines for many of the exhibits were 1 or 2 hours.... More 

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