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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
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Ranked #4 of 32 Attractions in Pasadena
Type: Educational Sites, Factory Tours, Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Los Angeles, California
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385 reviews 385 reviews
87 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The skinny on Open House: Parking - Free Cost- Free Time - 3 hours or more Probably not - for really small children Restrooms- porto potties and restrooms in Bldg Gift Shop - yes, cool tees Food - various vendors scattered around Tip- get there early What an amazing Open House! You could spend hours and hours there looking at... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

JPL hosted a two day open house for the public over this past weekend. It was absolutely amazing. We got access to many areas that are never open to the public for their regular tours, and it was also so heartwarming to see so many kids from infant to their 80s getting their "space geek" on! Definitely find out when... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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122 reviews 122 reviews
64 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Visited JPL. I thought that this was simply amazing. I enjoyed learning about space, rover, etc. The tour is not long. The information is laid out in a way that even people with no scientific backgrounds can learn. There is seating through out. I was not rushed. I was able to take my time and look around. The staff was... More

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Clifton, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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26 reviews 26 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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59 reviews 59 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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, France
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97 reviews 97 reviews
11 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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