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National Center for Atmospheric Research

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Address: 1850 Table Mesa Dr, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone Number: +1 303-497-1000
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Description: Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere...
Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere, and art-science connections in this famous I.M. Pei-designed building. Other options: a wheelchair-accessible outdoor weather trail, guided tours for the public at noon on Monday/Wednesday/Friday except holidays, and a Guide-By-Cell audio tour (using your phone). Free admission, open 363 days a year. Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Weekends & holidays 9am-4pm. Visit our website for information about your visit, including organized group tours and to find out about our two annual maintenance closure dates.
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I touched a cloud!

I really enjoyed visiting NCAR. The exhibits were mostly interactive, which is always fun. We probably visited for about an hour and half. I think this would be fun for both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed visiting NCAR. The exhibits were mostly interactive, which is always fun. We probably visited for about an hour and half. I think this would be fun for both adults and kids on the geekier side.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is a great place to tour for all age groups. In addition to the free guided educational tour, the scenery getting to the facility which is surrounded by the flatirons is amazing. After your tour you can hike at the nearby trails for more amazing view of the flatirons. Have fun with your tour... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. We didnt have to make reservations, just showed up and were accommodated. Everyone learned a lot.

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Boulder, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

First, the drive up to NCAR takes you right to the Flatirons. The drive is gorgeous, and don't get worried, it does take you through a sleepy little Boulder neighborhood too. Second, NCAR does some unbelievable research. Take your time as you walk through the exhibits, which are great for kids. Lots of hands on activities. Be sure to take... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

For a free guided tour, this was great. The place was very clean and well kept. All the stations worked and the tvs were interactive. For a free place to visit I didn't expect the level of interaction. We learned a lot. If you have time, make sure to take some hikes. Lots of food trails around.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Wow! A guided tour thru this research centre is better than a museum.... and the scenery is spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We took an hour-long tour here, and it gave us lots of information about the sciences related to the atmosphere. If I was in college again, I might consider these sciences as a career. The videos at the end of the hall were all good. The model of the atmospheric layers on the stairway wall was cool (I had no... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I took my 10 and 14-year olds here during a vacation to Denver, because both are interested in science. The building sits above Boulder on the mountain, and it is a beautiful design. There's tons of parking, and the exhibits are free! They are located on the first two floors, and so many of the weather exhibits are interactive. We... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I knew nothing about NCAR before visiting but I learned SO much from visiting here. The exhibts are really educational and interactive and our free 1 hour tour was excellent. Our guide knew so much and learned a lot about what kind of research was being done and what was important in the area of meteorology.

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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had always wanted to visit this place. I took several people with me and we really learned a lot. The tour was very interesting

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