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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

RR 28/92, Green Bank, WV 24944
(304) 456-2011
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Green Bank
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Tillsonburg, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

NRAO has everything... great inside and out. Started with the fantastic site information room which houses hands on activities for children and enough literature to keep you reading for around an hour. Very easy level. Starry night entrance! Well done historical and scientific displays for colours and print size! We took the self guided walking tour... Long walk but much... More

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Portsmouth, OH
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went here because it was raining in Canaan Valley. A long drive through the beautiful mountains and lovely country that is West Virginia. We arrived less than an hour before the next tour started (on the hour) so we ordered lunch from the snack bar. Some of the best food we had on our trip, by the way. The... More

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Wheeling, West Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

we stopped here at the NRAO on our way to Cass. very interesting. The grandkids had a great time and hopefully learned something. There is a museum along with the bus tour

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Green Bank Telescope is a great side trip to provide some science and brain candy amongst the natural beauty of West Virginia. The building has a great hands-on science display about wavelengths- infrared, radio, visible spectrums; affects of curvatures through circus like mirrors, and other hands-on experiments to explain the science behind the telescopes. The tour starts in a... More

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McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a totally unique discovery. We were not sure if this would be worth while -however we learned some amazing information-saw some huge Telescopes- had a fantastic tour guide- cost was 6.00 per person-nice gift shop and great discovery room for all ages

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Cocoa, Florida
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113 reviews 113 reviews
43 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stop in here and see how we are looking for E. T. way out there. Great interactive hands on center. Guided tour. Smack bar, but no wifi and you will learn why.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

All visitors here will surely be amazed at the sheer size of the largest radio dish they have, as well as the number of different radio dishes that are present. There is an informative presentation in the auditorium, and there is a narrated bus tour that takes you right up to the large dish. (I envy anyone who happens to... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were in western Virginia for the state HOG rally. A short ride on the motorcycle and we were able to see this wonderful area. Awesome, The size is unbelievable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went here twice-once with age 10-14 children, then returned now they are adults. We had had a great time both trips. Plan on going for the public tour and lecture. The tour is done hourly during high season, 3 times a day during low season. Tour fees: Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; Children 7-12, $3.50; Children 6 and under, free You... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

While visiting friends in nearby Monterrey Virginia they explained why they have no cell service. The quiet zone around the Green Bank Observatory. They offered to take us over a see the big dish. The visitor center has a great educational area with hands on experiments and visual displays. The bus tour starts with a film and a science lesson,... More

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