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Goldendale Observatory State Park

1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141
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We saw Steve Winwood in concert at the Maryhill winery. Great venue to see a concert. Overlooking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Providence, Rhode Island
Goldendale, WA

Very disappointed. Couldn't even access the observatory, picnic area bleak. Felt like a ghost... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Claudia H
Dorrington, California, United States
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See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the amazing telescopes available to the public.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw Steve Winwood in concert at the Maryhill winery. Great venue to see a concert. Overlooking the gorge with Oregon hills in the background

Thank wa73friar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointed. Couldn't even access the observatory, picnic area bleak. Felt like a ghost site. Views weren't as good as we had hoped.More

Thank Claudia H
ObservatoryStaff, Manager at Goldendale Observatory State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Greetings, Claudia. This is our first unfavorable review in years and we'd like to investigate your poor experience. When you say that you "couldn't access the observatory," was this during normal operating hours? Please visit our website for the schedule or give us a call...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

We drove up to Goldendale on a weekend in May to check out the observatory and attend their day and night time programs - both were very informative and educational. Loved the night program the best since you were able to use the big telescope...More

Thank oldranger81
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Another trip with my Night Photography class was at the Goldendale Observatory. I had no idea there even was an observatory in this part of Washington state. It's run by the Washington State Parks and the rangers give informative talks about the telescope. It's a...More

Thank traveling_with_kathy
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

They are getting ready to do major renovations so they are only open Fri, Sat, Sun for a 4:00 Solar program and an 8:30 Star program. Attended the Solar program with Summer as our guide - fantastic! She is so knowledgeable about all things sun...More

Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Star gazing at its best. Went here to see Perseids meteor shower. Great host led outdoor session. Bad thing however is the vehicles in the parking area lights would cut through the viewing area. Not exactly pure darkness.

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is one of very few observatories open to the public, where you can look through the telescopes yourself, not a projection on a screen. You have to plan your visit, the night we went was full, bright moon, so we were limited to the...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Goldendale Observatory boasts one of the only publicly accessible telescopes in the country. Situated near Goldendale, WA it is easy to find. It is open year round and offers programs about the telescope and astronomy in general. Evening programs offer attendees an opportunity to...More

Thank Ronald A
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

GREAT PLACE! Def Recommend. Troy who did the presentations for both shows was awesome. Very informative!

Thank Brenda A
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Troy gave an amazing, engaging, interesting lesson in astronomy. He was able to drop enough knowledge to impress those who speak "astronomy-ese" and also explain things really clearly for kids. We went on Memorial Day weekend for the 8:30 pm show. Be on time. You...More

Thank Leanimal43
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5 January 2015|
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Response from JillCY | Reviewed this property |
Perhaps if you went during a non-busy time you could. When I went in the summer, there was a long line of people waiting to use the telescope so if you took more than 30 seconds to take the picture, I think people would get... More