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Lowell Observatory

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go on a clear evening!

We stopped here on way to Sedona from Grand canyon. Unfortunately, the sky was cloudy so we didn't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
travelwithkids14
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Texas
Planned a two hour visit, stayed four!

While staying overnight at Flagstaff, we planned for a quick visit to the Lowell Observatory... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PardonMeBoy
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Chattanooga, TN
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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 1 week ago

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
Thank travelwithkids14
Heather C, Marketing Assistant at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! This is a gem of a place. Solar tour with the history walk were so informative and entertaining. As a history buff with a love for astronomy, this place had the trifecta! We were only able to spend two and a half hours there,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Amy S
Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Amy, Thank you for the 5-star review and kind words. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed the history and solar tours offered at Lowell. We hope that you will be able to make it back soon and spend a little more time...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the home of Pluto's discoverer. It's not NASA but they do a good job of introducing visitors to the planets.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bill G
Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Bill Thank you for the review. We hope you enjoyed discovering the sky with us at Lowell and learning about Clyde Tombaugh (Pluto's discoverer)! Although we are not NASA we are glad you came to visit us here in Flagstaff! Thanks

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place with lots to offer. Learned a lot. Dress warm on cold evenings as you will be outside.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thank you for your review! It is always great to hear that you learned a lot! We hope to see you again at Lowell maybe during the summer nights when it gets a little warmer! Thanks!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really cool place to visit if you have time. They have seminars almost every hour, as well as telescopes you can view. There's a lot of space education for children as well adults. They have a gift shop in the main building....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Thank you for your kind words. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our seminars as well as the telescopes. Lowell is truly history in the making and we are happy that you could be apart of it! Thanks!

Reviewed 16 January 2019

go when they have some night viewing of stars and planets through the big telescopes - other than that, it's just boring

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cheryl S
Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2019

Hello Cheryl, Thank you for your review, your input is very important to us! We are glad you enjoyed the Clark Telescope and our nightly programs! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks

Reviewed 8 January 2019

Dress warm, all the cool stuff is at night. However, you should go in the morning to look around. Once you pay for admission you are good to come and go. We went at night and I realized I wanted to look around during the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank edm854
Heather C, Communications Specialist at Lowell Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2019

Hello, Thank you for your kind words about Lowell. It's great to hear you enjoyed the night time programs and telescope viewings. We hope that you can make it up to Mars Hill again soon so you can walk around during the day and see...More

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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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laurenm65
31 July 2017|
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Response from azkimPhoenix | Reviewed this property |
My kids were 10 and 3. 10 year old is totally into space so loved it. 3 year old liked it but had a hard time listening to the talks.
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Bryanna E
30 May 2017|
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Response from danf552017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can return several times in one day. Make certain you get your wrist stamped when you purchase your admission.
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