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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Address: 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
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+1 818-354-4321

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Heaven for Space Lovers!

Open once a year to the public is one of the most advanced space research centers in the world. Operated by the California Institute of Technology for NASA, it presides over... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Open once a year to the public is one of the most advanced space research centers in the world. Operated by the California Institute of Technology for NASA, it presides over operations such as the Planetary Robotic spacecraft as well as the construction and launching of Mars Rovers, Orbiting Satelites and responsible for NASA's Deep Space Network. A must visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I concur with previous reviewers about the JPL tour. Brian and Sara were our guides - so much fun and so knowledgeable. My only added suggestion would be to get there as early as possible. Parking is extremely limited. You can always hang out in the visitors centre or outside on the deck. I wish I had read up on... More 

1 Thank Laurel M
Yorba Linda, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked the February 6, 2017 Monday 1-3:30pm tour in September 2016. We arrived at 12:50pm. The Visitor parking lot was full so we parked on the street. The check in line was outside the Visitor Center where there is a bathroom and the Gift Shop. The first stop was a talk by the tour guide and a video in... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you would like to see where your taxpayer dollars are spent in a great way, if you are a science geek, if you want your kids to appreciate science, if you want a better understanding of space, if you want to have a great day-take this tour. If you have a hard time walking, if you can't negotiate a... More 

1 Thank transplanted2016
Laurel, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The tour guide was very enthusiastic and covered quite a bit of information. I would have preferred to have a bit more time to view some of the exhibits since the exhibits had things concerning the space program that I would not be able to see anywhere else. There was only a slight scheduling snafu which seemed to annoy our... More 

2 Thank Mark H
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We scheduled a trip to LA around successfully getting tickets to attend JPL's annual open house event, and it did not disappoint. If you are a space geek, this is a great event because you get behind the scenes access in nearly all of the buildings and get to speak with the actual scientists and student researchers. Tickets go fast,... More 

1 Thank kazkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Having grown up through the 60's and 70's I was familiar with the JPL so when I found out tours are available I jumped at the chance to visit. The tour takes in mission control, assembly building and the museum. The guide is very knowledgeable and questions encouraged. It's a city or campus depending on your view and 6000 people... More 

2 Thank Phil S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you like all things in outer space this is the place to learn and explore what we are doing in the sky above our heads. They offer tours where you can learn about past missions and see whats going on for our future. Take the time one afternoon and stimulate your mind with some way out future stuff.

Thank darrylwayneb
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I you are interested in the space program, this place is for you. It is the place where numerous NASA space vehicles have been designed and built, including the Mars rovers. If you want to visit, they only accept outsiders once a week, and you have to reserve your visit on their website weeks in advance. Once accepted, you will... More 

Thank MaryJane D
San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This morning I took a DayTripper bus load to of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at CalTech in the La Cañada Flintridge area near Pasadena, CA. They call the tour “a journey of discovery” and it truly is because we were able to get an inside look at current space exploration activities on a 2½-hour walking tour of the facility.... More 

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