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“Best with patient kids”
Review of Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory
Ranked #8 of 114 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: 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 center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Seeing the starry night sky in Arizona has been on the bucket list for a long time. I took my boys there (10 and 12).

We arrived at 8:30 ish. It might be a good idea to bring a flashlight and a warm jacket. It was quite cold outside in April, and you will be standing in long lines to see the night sky through the telescopes. When you do, really you see some very bright stars, but nothing like the amazing milky way galaxy pictures one sees in advertisements.

What I enjoyed the most was the presentation on the night time constellations. That was interesting and well done, and my two boys who both have ADHD and autism, and can't stand listening to other people for any amount of time, stayed through the whole presentation.

The one thing that would have made it better is slightly lower price point.
Still, it was a good experience.

Thank Vanessa2012
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Go at night! It’s a little crowded and if it’s cold, bring a winter coat with a hood. Saw lots of people dancing around to keep warm lol. It gets windy up there and the lines can be long. But it’s sooo worth the wait! We went with our 17 year old daughter who is an Astronomy buff and she totally enjoyed it. ( oh and ignore the crabby guy in the gift shop).

Thank Wildflower51
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We are family that appreciates the beautiful evening skies, but we don't have a deep knowledge of astronomy. The Lowell Observatory has had a large impact on our modern knowledge of the solar system. The equipment that has been there for over 100 years and the video explaining what new equipment that is in process of being built, is very impressive.
We did the guided tours and they were informative, but too long for my elementary age child. The one going in to high school was most captivated.

Thank EHHTate
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Went during the day for the tours and to look at the grounds, then back after dark to view the moon, through the Mars telescope, same as the Apollo astronauts did in the 60's!
They had another telescopes set up to view the moon and other parts of space, but even better than the viewing on a clear night was the expertise of the staff to explain what you were viewing, the history of the Observetory and the people who were so important to its history.
A must visit while you are in Flagstaff.

Thank Train13
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The kids loved looking through the telescopes, of course we did to. To look through the same telescopes as our astronauts and some of the greatest explorers of space is really awesome!

This place could be a lot more fun if themes would work with their staff. They are educated and very knowledgeable, but some of them need to work on public specking. Science, space, and math can be FUN :)

Thank Wy08
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