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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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A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by...

A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by the world's highest energy particle accelerator.

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The Ask-a-Physicist Tour will stretch your brain

So...my 13-year-old son want to be either a physicist or a mathematician and soaks up knowledge like a sponge. He didn't get it from me. I always knew it was there and after... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark H
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So...my 13-year-old son want to be either a physicist or a mathematician and soaks up knowledge like a sponge. He didn't get it from me. I always knew it was there and after some digging I learned the hot ticket (it's free, but the full up) is the monthly Ask-a-Physicist Tour. There are other tours on Wednesdays. The three-hour program... More 

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Northern Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

"Home on the range." What does this have to do with splitting atoms and some of the most brilliant minds in the world? Actually, everything. Fermilab is not only home to a geniously-clad scientific laboratory, but also acres and acres of historical farm land where the buffalo roam. Love nature? This is your place. Once you move through the gates... More 

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Eyota, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Fermi lab is pretty darn cool. Particle colliders, dark matter, neutrino detectors - they have it all. Nobel level research and they love to share. It's all open to the public - no military secrets or anything like that. Lederman Center has lot's of experiments for kids too.

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Lemont, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

I found the park interesting, if you are into that type of thing. We went to see the buffalo but, they were nowhere to be found

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Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend a visit to Fermilab. Full disclosure, I am biased because I periodically work there. However, I have taken many friends and relatives, and they all seem to be very surprised at how interesting this place is. If possible, take a public tour. It is free, but you should sign up in advance to make sure you... More 

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North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Visit the Laboratory that was once the most powerful Atom Smasher in the World. High Energy Physics still the priority here. The Visitor Center on the 15th floor offers a birds eye view of this facility.

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Greer, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It was exciting to walk around a place where cutting edge science is performed daily. The exhibits were clear and very interesting. It is more interesting to "science geeks" but my wife also said she learned some new things. The grounds are spacious with a lot of hiking/biking paths.

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Batavia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We live close by and know some of the scientists , so we love hearing about the experiments going on. The grounds are beautiful. A wonderful place for a walk or bike ride. Very cool place.

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Poplar Grove, IL
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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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