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Behind-the-Scenes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

Behind-the-Scenes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

Embark on an extraordinary odyssey of discovery on a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Embark on a celestial odyssey during this exploration of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Pasadena. Your 2-hour walking tour starts with the captivating "Journey to the Planets and Beyond" multimedia presentation, setting the stage for an awe-inspiring visit. Experience the pulse of space science at the von Karman Visitor Center, full of fascinating information and replicas of various rovers and probes. See mission planning in action at the Space Flight Operations Facility, and witness next-generation development in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. JPL is a dynamic hub of innovation where tour highlights may change, promising a fresh adventure with every visit. But first, you'll have free time for a leisurely lunch on your own in charming Old Pasadena, adding a touch of terrestrial charm to your cosmic adventure. Note: Book early! The deadline to register for this tour is 25 days prior to the tour date and is limited to just 40 guests.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Overview




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All-day Excursion

All times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.

9:00am - 9:30am

Comfort stop

11:00am - 12:30pm

Time for lunch on your own in Old Pasadena

12:45pm 4:15pm

Tour of JPL facility and time to visit the gift shop. (NOTE: All guests must show a valid driver's license, passport, or other legal ID to enter the lab.)

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Comfort stop


Depart for San Diego

Tour Manager:  4/29 - Suzanne Fuselier*


Please note:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Library requires the submission of extra information during the booking process, including:

  • Your full legal name as it appears on your legal ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)

  • Date of birth

  • ID expiration date

  • Citizenship country


All passengers must present their legal identification to be admitted into the facility.

No name changes are permitted within 25 days of this tour due to JPL security protocols.

No guests under the age of 18 are permitted on this tour.


Activity Level: High

This tour is rated as a high activity level due to the amount of walking and standing during the 2-hour walking tour at JPL, as well as time on own in Old Pasadena.


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What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation from pickup locations throughout San Diego County

  • Professional Tour Manager throughout the trip

  • Complimentary bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • Free time for lunch on own in Old Pasadena

  • 2-hour walking tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory


What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Meals

  • Cancellation Protection

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager and driver


How to Make a Reservation

Please note: Reservations can only be made up to 25 days prior to the tour date due to NASA security protocols. No name changes allowed after this time.

Making your reservation is easy. Simply click the Book Now button above to select your date and confirm your space online, 24/7. You can also call the DayTripper Tours reservations department at (619) 334-3394 during business hours of M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Although not necessary to fully enjoy your trip, a personal smartphone can greatly enhance your tour experience. Take high-quality photos, share your experience on social media in real time, search for nearby restaurants and topics of interest, set reminders, and more.


14-Day Cancellation Deadline

  • If you purchased the optional Cancellation Protection Plan (CPP) prior to the deadline, you can cancel your booking at any time for any reason and you'll receive a full refund of the tour fare.

  • If you declined the CPP, you may cancel your reservation fourteen (14) or more days prior to the departure date to receive a refund less a $15 per person cancellation fee. Alternatively, when you cancel your booking fourteen (14) or more days prior to the departure date, you can avoid the cancellation fee by transferring the funds to another tour or a non-refundable voucher, which can be applied to any future excursion booked within one year of the original tour date. Bookings canceled within 14 days of the departure date are nonrefundable and nontransferable for any reason. Name changes are not permitted on this tour within 25 days of departure due to NASA security protocols.


* Tour Manager is subject to change without notice.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Times
Carlsbad La Costa Avenue Park & Ride
East side of I-5, at 710 La Costa Ave, 92024.
La Mesa Park & Ride #22 lot - 6385 Murray Dr, 91942
Narrow Park & Ride EAST of Red Lobster's lot
Lake Forest Arby's, 23862 Bridger Rd. 92630
Bus picks up curbside in front of Arby's
Mission Valley 2005 Camino Del Este
San Diego, CA 92108; Street parking only
University City 6245 Kantor Street, San Diego, CA 92122
Street parking only. Do not enter parking lot.
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