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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

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Address: Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia, IL
Phone Number: 630/840-5588
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Description: A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted...
A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by the world's highest energy particle accelerator.
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Amazing things happening here

Yes, amazing things are happening here. Of course, you can't (and don't want to) get too close. Visitor center is decent, explaining what is going on, but several displays were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2014
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Poplar Grove, IL
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93 reviews 93 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Yes, amazing things are happening here. Of course, you can't (and don't want to) get too close. Visitor center is decent, explaining what is going on, but several displays were not working due to age, maintenance, broken sensors, etc. Friendly staff, beautiful campus. Just don't expect to get close to the action.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

If your interested at all in science you should take a look. It's interesting when you get the story on what's being studied here. They are looking for answers to big questions here , too bad they only look for explanations from science. A huge undertaking just to study the smallest parts of matter. Makes you understanding just how complicated... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Last summer we managed to catch one of the Wednesday morning public guided tours through Fermi Lab -- http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/tours/guided-tours.shtml Granted, there's no razzle dazzle and you'll probably be disappointed if you're expecting some kind of Star Wars experience, but it's still worthwhile seeing the public areas of the facility as if you actually worked there (see photos). Maybe we were... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stopped here because my husband is a psychics and science guy. I was expecting a bit more info/things for guests to do in the building. There is not much offered for visitors to do. they have ponds for fishing and a herd of buffalo but the farm is off the road and you cant really see them. This would... More 

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Batavia, Illinois
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you have a scientific bent and don't know much about particle physics, head over to Fermi Lab. Tour the facility and learn about the world renowned work that is done there. In addition, check out the pendulum on the main floor. It is amazing! In good weather, there is fishing, nature walks through the prairie restoration, and buffalo to... More 

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Batavia, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Make sure you take a drive to see the buffalo on the Fermi Lab property. Visit the Wilson Hall for the history.

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West suburbs Illinois
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Visitors center to learn about the physics research being conducted here; bison farm - get up close to these amazing beasts; lots of hiking and biking trails and backroads to explore; you can fish here too -- they do have a cafeteria with limited hours but otherwise bring a picnic or go off site for food

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Batavia, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a wold class laboratory and one of a kind in many ways. The open to the public and welcome to all is something you don't see much anymore. It is not only educational - its trully an enjoyable experience. A visit to Fermi laboratory can change a child - start them done the rode to a love of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Great for biking and hiking. The research facilities look like something out of a 60's sci-fi movie. Make sue to visit Wilson Hall for a good overview of the history of the Fermi Lab and current research projects.

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Oswego, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Amazing place to take kids and adults interested in learning about cutting edge science. Visit their website for special programs/ events/lectures/ films. Or, just drive around on the grounds -- believe it or not, there's a heard of buffalo on the property! Architecture of buildings feels like you are in a time warp. So cool!

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