Just before Hurricane Sandy dumped several feet of snow on Pocahontas County, West Virginia, we took friends to visit the NRAO. One of our guests was only 8 years old & was extremely excited at the sight of a small telescope right at the entrance.
We went into the Science Center to sign up for the tour & were treated with gorgeous views of the mountains. It was $18 for 2 adults, 1senior, & 1 child. For that you get the introductory show & tour on a nice bus. The scientist/ tour guide gave an informative & very interesting presentation in the theater- there was a 4 year old present whose attention was maintained the whole time.
Then we got on the bus & rode through gorgeous fields & woods looking at the amazing telescopes that look like huge satellite dishes.
The guide gave an entertaining & informative talk & answered all questions. We were able to get out & get up close to the Robert C Byrd telescope. The size is amazing.
After the tour we visited the science galleries- a big hit with our 8 year old.
We then had ice cream at the cafe! It was delicious & the portions were huge. We wished that we would have eaten lunch there, the food looked delicious! This is such a hidden gem, tucked away in the mountains. Yet it is only minutes away from Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort! It is worth the drive!
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