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“Come play with the weather”

National Center for Atmospheric Research - NCAR
Ranked #9 of 144 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, the Sun, the atmosphere, and art-science connections in this famous I.M. Pei-designed building. Other options: a wheelchair-accessible outdoor weather trail, guided tours for the public at noon on Monday/Wednesday/Friday except holidays, and a Guide-By-Cell audio tour (using your phone). Free admission, open 363 days a year. Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Weekends & holidays 9am-4pm. Visit our website for information about your visit, including organized group tours and to find out about our two annual maintenance closure dates.
Kent, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Come play with the weather”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Hands-on exhibits fascinate people of all ages! And the noon tour is well worth the time spent. The trails were closed due to the flood damage so I can't say anything about them except that it was certainly inviting to look out back!

Visited October 2013
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Toowoomba, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Not usually my first choice of attractions to visit, I found the centre very educational and hands on. Would be great for adults or a short visit by children probably over the age of ten.

Visited September 2013
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Apex, North Carolina
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good displays, nice tour (though kids bored with it)”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

The educational displays were good, and the kids really had fun with some of them. The lecture/tour was nice, but our young elementary age kids were bored by it. Oh, well. The building is in a great location, overlooking Boulder, with cool architecture.

Visited August 2013
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Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
1,368 reviews
679 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 439 helpful votes
“The research is out of this world”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

There are a lot of hands-on exhibits that both the young and old will enjoy playing with. We had a short guided tour before we were let loose to enjoy at our own pace. The amount of research that takes place is mind boggling.

Visited September 2013
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Learn about weather and atmospheric events”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

An arrival time between 10 and 11 in the morning allows for time to see and play with the exhibits before the noon tour. Bring your hardest questions because your tour guide, most likely, has a PhD. After the tour you can get lunch at the same cafeteria the staff eats at. The food is good but the view is terrific! Oh yes the building was designed by architect I.M. Pey , and that's worth the drive from Denver all by itself.

Visited July 2013
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