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“not meant for tourists” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia, IL
630/840-5588
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Batavia
Type: Tours, Cultural
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Owner description: A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by the world's highest energy particle accelerator.
Rockford, Illinois
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38 attraction reviews
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“not meant for tourists”
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 be a nice place for biking- it's out in nature. It's free. Just not what I expected. I won't be returning.

Visited June 2014
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Batavia, Illinois
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“Physics on Parade”
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 check out. Fermi Lab also promotes scientific lectures as well as cultural performances in its auditorium. Ticket prices are very reasonable. There is something for everyone here.

Visited May 2013
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Batavia, Illinois, United States
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“A must see!”
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.

Visited October 2013
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West suburbs Illinois
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Science, open spaces and wildlife”
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

Visited May 2013
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Batavia, Illinois
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“Fermi Lab Visit”
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 science. Lots going on at the laboratory - so make sure to check out the laboratory schedule of shows and talks.

Visited July 2013
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