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Frequently Asked Questions
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The under-the-glass walking tour of Biosphere 2 consists of approximately 150 stairs (up and down) and the route is just under one mile to walk round-trip. The tour duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes with a considerable amount of standing . The tour spends time outside as well as inside the Biosphere 2 research facility itself. Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are highly recommended as the tour route includes standing, climbing and walking. The interior of the Biosphere 2 research facility is heated and cooled based on current research protocols and as a result visitors may experience a variety of heat and humidity conditions on the under-the-glass guided tour. Bottled water is allowed on the tour and encouraged. Visitors who have medical considerations, special needs, are non-ambulatory or have other conditions may want to arrange for a less rigorous tour, please see ACCESSIBILITY. There are also self-guided exhibits and movies which take approximately another hour to view. Visitors should plan to spend about 2 to 2.5 hours at Biosphere 2.
No outside food is allowed on the Biosphere 2 campus. The B2 Café offers light snacks and drinks for reasonable prices.
Yes. Bottled water is important to have as there is quite a bit of walking on the tour and it can get warm, especially during the summer months.
Wear light, comfortable clothes and comfortable walking shoes.
Biosphere 2 is a climate-controlled environment designed to mimic a tropical or sub-tropical climate. At times it can be warm and humid inside.
Pets are not allowed inside Biosphere 2 or on the grounds, service pets that are trained to do specific tasks are welcome.
Yes. Biosphere 2 encourages patrons to take photos and video.
Most of the Biosphere 2 site is wheelchair accessible. We offer modified under-the-glass tour for addtional information Click Here.
Yes. Biosphere 2 is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day and December 25th.