Non-U.S. citizens with green cards do not qualify to participate in the
Hanford Site Public Tour Program. All tour participants have to be U.S. citizens. However, non-U.S. citizens
can take part in the Manhattan Project B Reactor Tours. More information on the B Reactor Tours can be found at
Yes. The online registration system requests a "Tour Contact" be
identified for each reservation that can be contacted via email and phone if necessary. That
individual may or may not be one of the tour participants (e.g., a tour reservation may be made
online for a friend or an elderly parent that may not have computer access). It is however the
responsibility of the "Tour Contact" to ensure that any tour participants he or she registers
receives all of the necessary information sent describing the Instructions and Guidelines for
participating in the Hanford Site Public Tours.
A key component to effective communications for the Hanford Site Public Tour
Program is communicating with tour participants through email. Tour confirmations, Reminder messages,
and other pertinent tour information are all communicated via email. Those without an email address are
requested to find a "Tour Contact" with an email address to make their reservation (please see Question #2).
Cancellations for participation in the Hanford Site Public Tours can occur at any
time. Although tour reservations may fill up quickly when the reservations are first opened, a large number
of cancellations occur throughout the tour season. When a cancellation is received through the online system,
the number of seats cancelled on that particular tour open up for others to fill the slot(s). A particularly
good time to check for cancellations is 3-10 days before each scheduled tour, since a "Reminder message" is sent
to all participants via email approximately 10 days before each set of tours that many times prompts cancellation
No. Visitors with cameras or cell phones will be asked to leave those items
in their vehicles. The Hanford Site Public Tour Program will not be held responsible for any item that may be lost
Yes. Since the tours last approximately 5 hours, tour participants are encouraged
to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Additionally, in the unlikely event of an emergency or other
unforeseeable situations, the tour bus may be required to remain on the Site for longer than scheduled and tour
participants should take this into consideration when planning for their tour. (Note: no refreshments are
available for purchase at the B Reactor Tour Headquarters where all tours begin and end.)
Yes. Appropriate clothing for an industrial environment is required. Closed-toed
shoes are MANDATORY. Sandals, flip-flops, thongs, or open toe/open heel shoes are prohibited. Short sleeve
shirts, knee-length shorts, or "capris" are acceptable but skirts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.
Long pants are encouraged and highly recommended. Anyone
dressed inappropriately will not be allowed on the
No. There are no restrictions or dangers for women who may be, or are, pregnant.
The public tours are designed with safety measures in place to provide a safe environment for all members of the
public. However, it is the responsibility of each tour participant to take any necessary precautions to protect
his or her own health and well-being.
Tour participants should be able to walk short distances and to remain on their
feet for periods as long as 15 minutes. In addition, as the B Reactor is more than 60 years old and not
originally designed for frequent public access, tour participants should be cognizant of structural aspects
associated with an industrial facility (e.g., tight corners, uneven surfaces, grating and less-than-ideal
lighting). Participants should plan accordingly for any health or safety concerns.
At this time, our electronic registration system does not allow us to create
waiting lists. However, cancellations for participation in the Hanford Site Public Tours can occur at any time,
which may open seats on any of the scheduled tours. (please see Question #5).