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Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

670 Mount Hopkins Road, Amado, AZ 85645
+1 520-879-4407
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Tried to make reservations during the time they stated they were open and on a day that they offer... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Eva M
Fresno, California
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Amazing on many levels

Amazing area views on the ascent of this historic and scientific mountain. The drive alone is... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Barbara W
Denver, Colorado
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This is a popular spot for viewing far-off areas and also serves as a working research center.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible14%
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670 Mount Hopkins Road, Amado, AZ 85645
+1 520-879-4407
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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Tried to make reservations during the time they stated they were open and on a day that they offer tours. No one answered. Left three messages. No return call.

1  Thank Eva M
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Amazing area views on the ascent of this historic and scientific mountain. The drive alone is worth it. Nice visitors center. The restrooms need lighting! One really must do the guided tours. A difficult place for people with disabilities, like my older brother in his...More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 30 September 2016

The guided tour (for which you need reservations) is excellent. The tour begins at the visitors center. From there, a school bus takes you winding up the mountain. At a certain point, where the road is too tight and treacherous for a bus, you are...More

2  Thank crinkster
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Day trip to check it out. Not a single sign on highway notifying of the exit. Nor was there a sign on the side road. Only after turning onto 3rd road did they bother to place a sign. We had checked out website prior to...More

2  Thank kevin k
Reviewed 20 June 2015

For only $10 a person, you get a bus ride up to the top of the observatory with all sorts of great information along the way. Let someone else drive the steep mountain road! What views you will see. Spend most of the day on...More

2  Thank Chris D
Reviewed 24 December 2014

After driving 1 ½ hours from Tucson, AZ, to visit the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory on Dec. 19, 2015, I found the door locked at 2:00 p.m., with a sign that said “Closed for Special Event.” I could see what appeared to be a private...More

10  Thank qualgal
Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

We didn't make reservations for the tour (and then found out they were already sold out for the next few weeks) because the web site implied you could drive to the top yourself and look around. The tour is an all day affair and we...More

10  Thank 13VLD
Reviewed 27 February 2014

The reason Observatories are located in Southern Arizona is the weather and the sky. Watching the sky is amazing and to see first hand and up close at the 8th largest reflecting telescope in the World is pretty cool. The views of the valley below...More

4  Thank Phil S
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Whatever you are doing in AZ, this stop is a MUST if you are interested in the nature of the universe! Much of the cutting edge work on Black Holes, expansion of the universe, the study of high energy particles/radiation, and exo-planets is done here....More

5  Thank Martin B
Reviewed 28 April 2012

What a surprise to book a tour the next day we inquired! Plan for a wonderful full day of learning and observing. There is a nice nature trail around the visitor center; also you will see four telescopes to observe gamma rays emitted from and...More

5  Thank simivalley1699
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