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“Must-See for Astronomy Fans”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory
Ranked #3 of 100 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Must-See for Astronomy Fans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Booked the 'private tour' for our extended family which was great. The old and large telescope was very impressive and we could see some Messier Objects. 5 Stars !

Visited June 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a must when visiting Flagstaff. We might have missed it if not forced to stay in town longer to sit out the winter storm! On the last night the skies finally cleared, and what a stupendous sight it was from the observatory hill - The Milky Way just a jaw dropping display across the night sky. We looked through two telescopes including the famous Clark Telescope on which Pluto was first seen. Saw the Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters including the Pleiades; Uranus, and a binary star system. It was amazing. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly; we also enjoyed the lecture/presentation about the night sky. The history of the observatory and of Pluto's discovery was fascinating. Do not overlook this gem - you will not be disappointed. Just bear in mind that no refunds are given if the weather is not suitable for observations. No reservations necessary.

Visited November 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Worth the wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Our family and some close friends purchased tickets ahead of time for the observatory. When we finally went a few months later, we found that there was a lot to do and quite a bit to explore. It might even be worth going before the sun goes down as there were some old telescopes and other items scattered around the property that we would have like to get a better look at. We went during a nearly full moon which, we found out later, is not ideal. The darker the sky the better viewing of the stars and planets. Also, it was rainy off and on so the large telescope wasn't open. We were sorry to miss that but we were still able to go in and check it out. Definitely worth seeing.

Visited November 2013
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Port Clinton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Neat place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

This was definitely a stop we planned on during our visit to Flagstaff. The night sky is just so beautiful in Arizona. Was able to listen to a lecture or 2 and look through 3 telescopes since we were there before winter hours went into effect. The only disappointment we had was that we were there the same time as a full moon, which made for a lighter evening sky. Enjoyed the gift shop too. Don't feel that the admission price was overpriced.

Visited October 2013
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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“Great family trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

The older part of the observatory is just great. the interior is interesting for adults and kids. They have many programs for kids. Plan to go before the monsoon season starts in July if you want a good, clear view of the sky at night.

Visited June 2013
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