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Goldendale Observatory State Park

1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141
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Awesome !

GREAT PLACE! Def Recommend. Troy who did the presentations for both shows was awesome. Very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brenda A
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110% worth the trip for all!

Troy gave an amazing, engaging, interesting lesson in astronomy. He was able to drop enough... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the amazing telescopes available to the public.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
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1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

GREAT PLACE! Def Recommend. Troy who did the presentations for both shows was awesome. Very informative!

Thank Brenda A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Troy gave an amazing, engaging, interesting lesson in astronomy. He was able to drop enough knowledge to impress those who speak "astronomy-ese" and also explain things really clearly for kids. We went on Memorial Day weekend for the 8:30 pm show. Be on time. You...More

Thank Leanimal43
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We spent the day exploring the Columbia River Gorge and made our way to the Goldendale Observatory based on other folks suggestions. We learned a lot of great information and our kids ages 6 and 7 stayed entertained for the most part. They loved being...More

Thank QuinnLynnCa
Reviewed 30 September 2016

While on vacation, our family was driving through Goldendale and decided to spend a couple of days there to take in the Maryhill Museum and the planetarium show at the observatory since it was free. We have been to several planetarium shows around the country,...More

2  Thank Lyle A
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Like other reviewers we were in awe of the equal parts knowledge and charisma of the Observatory Director. The worst part of the presentation was regretting we didn't have the kids with us. There was so much information shared in an entertaining and memorable way....More

Thank H3idiHo
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We have been to the observatory three times--two afternoons and an evening. For our first two visits, we were the only visitors as the weather was crappy. Who wants to visit an observatory when the weather is cloudy? Do not let that hold you back....More

1  Thank Angeles
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The view is incredible and this is a great place to visit. Go when you are in the area. This is good, low key family fun and cheap treat too. All age adventure

Thank Scott P
Reviewed 2 September 2016

The Observatory was a must see stop on our journey and even though the main telescope isn't up and running at the moment, we still managed to see Saturn, a dying sun and the Andromeda Galaxy! Troy was the guide that night and he challenged...More

Thank Megan M
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Run by Washington State Parks, this observatory has one of the finest telescopes available for public use in the country. During the day the rangers (who are astronomers) will do a guided tour that includes seeing sun spots, and prominences (on a clear day). At...More

Thank Irene854
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The skies here are perfect for astronomy, and the town of Goldendale actually has light ordinances to keep it that way! If you enjoy seeing the Milky Way from horizon to horizon (not a candy bar, the real thing), and would love to get a...More

Thank Lorri C
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Can you attach a camera to telescope and take pictures? What does one need beside a camera-equipment wise?
5 January 2015|
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Response from D_Otter50 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with JillCY. We were there in September and it was busy then with a long line of excited people. You could contact the Observatory for their recommendations on photo taking. As for other things needed, the... More