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Very Large Array

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Address: Plains of San Agustin, Socorro County, NM
Phone Number: 5758357000

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If space and science is what your into this is a must see. There is a small fee per person for this attraction. There is a video to watch that gives you information on the site... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Matt L
Independence, Missouri, United States
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Independence, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If space and science is what your into this is a must see. There is a small fee per person for this attraction. There is a video to watch that gives you information on the site. The woman that works in the gift shop is very knowledgeable as well. There is a self guided tour around the visitors center you... More 

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Clementon, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unless you are in the vicinity, and I highly doubt that you are, do not waste your time driving by. Basically it's several huge antennas, but not nearly as many as one would have thought. This was about the only thing I was truly disappointed by on this vacation (not to mention we stayed in socorro based apon our want... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Turns out the VLA isn't about listening for ET signals, but it is a sophisticated astronomy installation. A technical presentation was provided along with a self-guided tour. Cool to be up close to the large array. Be prepared, no cell signals for miles and miles.

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Dearborn, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone interested in space, the VLA is a must stop in New Mexico. The 27 radio astronomy antennas spread out over many miles of New Mexico's desert west of Socorro was an amazing sight. We were shocked that we were able to get so close to the antennas on a self guided tour. The information center and gift shop... More 

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We had stopped in Las Cruces the night before after visiting Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Monument. Since we were heading north, a pit stop at the Very Large Array was possible. These are quite something to see in person. You're driving in a lot of nothing and all of sudden, Hey! There they Are! You go into the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

I think my boys thought I was 'that' parent when I kept saying we are driving in this direction so that we can stop to see a bunch of satellites (Austin TX to Phoenix AZ, a little out of our way). How unexciting does it sound on a road trip to go look at a bunch of satellites? I think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

A quick stop on our drive across central New Mexico. The short video explains the importance of radio telescopes. Our boys loved the walking tour, seeing various components and methods of research.

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Clifton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Is it worth trekking hundreds of miles to see? Yes. The drive is beautifully boring, long and straight across the NM Plains. Looming in the distance for 23 miles the super-size radio telescopes provide a great selfie shot as your hair stands on end. Be careful what you say out here... someone is always listening.

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Comox, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

A fascinating place with opportunity to see very large structures very close up and learn about radio telescopes. Definitely a unique and valuable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

This place is near nowhere but you have got to see it. The immense dishes are just plain scary. You think your in a science fiction movie. They offer a film on this whole subject explaining indetail the exploring of the universe. The women in gift shop makes this experience worth while

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