Hours & Rates – Education

PARI Hours, Tours & Rates

Explore a 200-acre former NASA facility — historic scientific instruments, active research site, science and technology education. Enjoy hiking trails, campus tours, scenic mountain views, hands-on space and earth science exhibit galleries, a nature center and more.

PARI is open to the public for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Scheduled guided tours are available each Wednesday at 2 p.m. and each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volunteer docents provide commentary on PARI’s history as a pivotal part of the pioneering early days of our nation’s space program and guide you to some behind-the-scenes looks at the historic instruments that still populate the campus. The general admission price covers the docent tours, but reservations are suggested. To make reservations contact visitor services at 828-862-5554.

Pre-arranged guided tours for groups can be scheduled during normal operating hours by calling visitor services at 828-862-5554. The rate is $15 per person with a flat rate of $150 for groups of less than 10 people.

Current rates and fees include:

General Admission

$6 per person/Buy 3 tickets get 1 free
10 and under Free

Programs

2 hour AdventureDome/educational program on site

$110 Flat fee for less than 10 people
$11/person for more than 10 people
Contact Christi Whitworth for more information

AdventureDome Programs – Offsite

varies by county (see chart)
Contact Christi Whitworth for more information

Smiley Radio Telescope$100/user (includes 4 hours of time on the instrument)
Contact Christi Whitworth for more information
Guided Tours 2 hours (except Wednesday 2 p.m. & Saturday 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.)$150 flat fee for less than 10 people
$15/person more than 10 people
Contact Christi Whitworth for more information
Evening at PARI $20.00/adult; $15.00 students/seniors/military; $5 ages 6 to 11; 5 and under free
Contact Christi Whitworth for more information
Birthday Party $150 flat fee for 10 or fewer people, $15 per person after minimum
Contact Christi Whitworth for more information

 

AdventureDome Fees by County

North Carolina Counties Number of Programs
County 3 – 4 5 or More
Transylvania $300 $400
Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson $325 $425
Jackson, Macon, Polk $350 $450
Clay, Graham, Swain, Madison $375 $475
Avery, Burke Caldwell, Cherokee, Cleveland, Mitchell $425 $525
Rutherford, McDowell, Yancey $400 $500
South Carolina Counties Number of Programs
County 3 – 4 5 or More
Pickens $325 $425
Rabun, Greenville, Oconee $350 $450
Towns, Habersham, Stephens, Anderson, Spartanburg $375 $475
Laurens, Cherokee $425 $525
York $450 $550

 

Rest Areas and Meals

Overnight Rest Area (Bed, sheets and towels) $60.00/day
Contact Ann Daves for more information
Breakfast (Continental) $8.00/day
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Lunch (Sandwich, chips and drink) $12.00/day
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Dinner (Hot meal) $15.00/day
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Refreshments (Drinks and snacks) $5.00/day
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Package Rate $95.00/day
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Services

Administrative Support Contact Ann Daves for more information
Astronomer Consultant Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
Educational Instructor Contact Christi Whitworth for more information
Multimedia Room (includes network connections)** Contact Ann Daves for more information
PARI Nature Center (includes observing w/ telescopes)** Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
Classroom Fee (other than Multimedia Room)* Contact Ann Daves for more information
Technical Services : Electronics, Engineering, Facilities Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
Use of bucket truck with operator (1 hour minimum) Contact Don Curto for more information
Network Connection Contact Lamar Owen for more information
Telephone Contact Ann Daves for more information

 * includes network connection
** can be included in program fee

Telescopes

26-meter radio telescope (on site use) Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
Two 26-meter radio telescopes (interferometer) (on site use) Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
12m radio telescopeContact Ben Goldsmith for more information
4.6m radio telescope (remote use; $100 minimum) Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
South Observatory: 0.3m optical telescope (onsite or remote) Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
North Observatory 0.35m optical telescope (on site or remote) Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information
West Observatory 0.4m optical telescope (onsite or remote) Contact Ben Goldsmith for more information

Site Use Contact Stephen Saucier for more information