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Lowell Observatory

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We enjoyed our visit to the observatory. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept our kids... read more

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JSh0e
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Frisco, Texas
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Unexpected Tie with Griffith as Our Favorite Observatory

The friendliest, most enthusiastic, helpful staff we’ve ever encountered at an learning/educational... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
SherriToddStatler
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Abilene, Texas
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Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science...more
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1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the observatory. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept our kids interest during all tours. We enjoyed seeing the actual telescopes and hearing the history. Kids ages 18 and 12.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The friendliest, most enthusiastic, helpful staff we’ve ever encountered at an learning/educational attraction! Seriously! On a cold and snowy night, we almost didn’t go thinking the staff would be anxious to go home. Instead they were so excited to greet guests and help us get...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Campus is well laid out, tour guide was very informative, facilities are well maintaned, nice gift store.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cool experience. We did a stargazer tour and it was interesting. The tour guide's English was not great and it was really hard to see the stars she was pointing out with her pointer. If you asked a question during she ignored....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool place to visit with several buildings in the same location. Great short and interesting lecture by park staff. A nice place to wander around and enjoy.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lowell is a wonderful place where the docents do an excellent job of explaining astronomy and it's importance to visitors. While I found the science part to be really interesting and informative, I cannot say enough about the gift shop! Everything is, of course,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Heather C, Marketing Assistant at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Milissa, Thank you for your kind words about Lowell and the Gift Shop! We are glad you enjoyed not only the science and learning side to Lowell but the fun take-home side as well. We hope that you come up and visit us and our...More

Reviewed 11 February 2019

We stopped here on way to Sedona from Grand canyon. Unfortunately, the sky was cloudy so we didn't get to do any star gazing. But seeing those telescopes was worth the entrance fee. My kids 10 & 7 were pretty bored, but I enjoyed going....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Heather C, Marketing Assistant at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear about the cloudy weather, but are happy to hear that you enjoyed viewing some of our historic telescopes! We hope you can make it back up soon and be able to do some star...More

Reviewed 5 February 2019

While staying overnight at Flagstaff, we planned for a quick visit to the Lowell Observatory. Instead, we were there four hours and could have stayed into the night. It was that interesting! The Lowell Observatory is pure Americana as it sits not a mile from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2019

Hello Thank you so much for your kind words and excitement about visiting Lowell. We are so happy to hear that you could spend the whole day discovering the sky with us. Sharing our rich history with you is one of our favorite parts and...More

Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

The staff was excellent. Take time for a guided tour during the day, but come back at night for a view through Clark telescope and some of the freestanding scopes that will be available. You’ll gain the added benefit of an expert to explain to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2019

Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed our guided tours as well as viewing through the Clark Telescope. We hope that you come to visit again soon to discover even more of the sky! Thanks!

Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

They have several still in use telescopes on site. The first one built in 1894 housed in a wooden observatory house. It’s famous for several discoveries in the early to mid 1900’s. And pretty cool looking. It was too windy to open the doors for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2019

Hello, Thank you for the review. We are glad that you enjoyed the tours of the different telescopes and all the history associated with each. Along with the tours we are happy to know that Lowell was much more than you expected, and hope to...More

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CharviPayghode
15 March 2019|
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Response from alice20770 | Reviewed this property |
Lowell Observatory may be a good pick. On some nights (maybe ALL nights?) they have star gazing and related lectures. Check their site for info.
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cjfcha
15 March 2019|
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Response from Audree B | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I was with a friend who can walk but not well. She uses a walker. Everything was handicapped accessible. Ramps with railings. Easy to get around.
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Doug W
19 August 2017|
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Response from 476oliverg | Reviewed this property |
About 15$ for adults. The ticket is for the whole day. You can come back later in the dark to watch the night sky with the same ticket!
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