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National Center for Atmospheric Research

1850 Table Mesa Dr, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80305
+1 303-497-1000
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Ranked #14 of 59 attractions in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Free exhibits: new Weather Gallery conveys the power of blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, wind and more. Explore the beauty of rainbows,... more » Owner description: Free exhibits: new Weather Gallery conveys the power of blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, wind and more. Explore the beauty of rainbows, the power and complexity of the Sun, and the history of Earth's climate. Famous I.M. Pei-designed building. Wheelchair-accessible outdoor weather trail. Guided noon-time tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, except holidays. Guide-By-Cell tours any time, so bring your mobile phone. Open 363 days a year. Hours: M-F 8am to 5pm; Weekends & holidays 9am to 4pm See our website for organized group tours and NCAR's 2 annual closure dates. « less
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Centennial, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Visited last summer with my husband, college aged daughter and our 18 year old developmentally disabled son who was in a wheelchair. Handicap access is VERY confusing (it was a weekend, not great weather, and it was practically deserted). The extremely rude, bitter security type woman working the desk made incredibly nasty comments to us when we were fumbling our... More

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Arlington, TX
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40 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Wife and I came here to check out NCAR and hike their little onsite trail. NCAR is really neat, but we didn't allow nearly enough time. There's a fair amount of reading and a few interactive stations that take a little time. They also have a supercomputer downstairs, but we didn't find that particularly interesting. Don't forget to check out... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I took my children ages 16-20 to NCAR. The drive up is spectacular as is the architecture of the building, which was by I.M. Pei who also designed the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris! Once inside there are lots of "do it yourself" exhibits which were nice. We arrived a bit late in the day, so a guided tour... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We went on a Sunday and there were no tours available and you could just walk around and look at displays. There was a cell phone tour but that is not easy to do. Table tours are also available just on weekdays. From the comments below the guided tours are great and very informative. But for us it was not... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I went with my son's class as part of a school field trip. I think I enjoyed it as much or more than the kids! The tour guides were wonderful, with interesting anecdotes and facts that kept the information transfer animated. There are great interactive exhibits that are fun for kids and adults alike.

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Boulder, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We take everyone who visits Boulder to NCAR. There are trails around the building that lead up to Bear Peak and Mesa trails. Inside there is a wonderful education center with all sorts of experiments showing various weather and atmospheric phenomenon. The tornados and lightning displays are popular with the kids. The views are wonderful as you drive up Table... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

What you will see here are mostly displays designed for visitors; not actual research environments. I have some background in meteorology, and I found this a very interesting tour. One can tour by themselves, but I opted for the guided tour, and our guide (Tim) mixed just the right balance of detail and interest to please participants, whatever their level.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

With the Atlanta Chapter of ARCS we had a well orchestrated tour of this amazing facility dedicated to the study of our atmosphere. The exhibits are interactive and remind you of what you learned in high school science. Our guide was patient, the film excellent and the interactive visualization lab impressive and frankly beyond the imagination. The cafeteria food was... More

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Chicago, IL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Nestled in the foothills this is a great place to take a break and learn about science. There are interactive displays that are interesting for kids and adults, a library and a few easy trails outside with beautiful views.

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Loveland, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The center is filled with interactive and informative displays. Take a sandwich and plan a hike after the tour of the facility. Building is designed by Pei and is nestled next to the foothills providing a panoramic view of Boulder.

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