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Lowell Observatory

1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
+1 928-774-3358
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Great Place

Went here with the family. Enjoyed walking the grounds because everything is beautiful. I enjoyed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
San Antonio, Texas
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Stopped by here on our way out of Flagstaff, was a little taken aback by the $15 per person fee, so... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Murrieta, California
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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 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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“night sky” (87 reviews)
“star gazing” (56 reviews)
“pluto tour” (55 reviews)
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1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4499
+1 928-774-3358
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here with the family. Enjoyed walking the grounds because everything is beautiful. I enjoyed the presentation that we went to. Very informative. It was really cool seeing Jupiter, Saturn, and the M-5 star cluster. There were several people helping guests identify stars and constellations....More

Thank rwk212
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped by here on our way out of Flagstaff, was a little taken aback by the $15 per person fee, so we just walked around the grounds. Maybe at night it would be better, but during the day did not seem like there is much...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was really excited about seeing the Observatory with my family. But the Pluto telescope was not available to be seen, and it was also cloudy in our visit, so we couldn't see the solar viewings. We went on the Pluto "tour", but it was...More

1  Thank 5explorers
Reviewed 3 days ago

The LO is the perfect location - Flagstaff, the world's first International Dark-Sky City. I grew up as a stargazer and this was a must see. This is where astronomers discovered Pluto. On my first visit, I participated in the evening telescope viewing. My mind...More

1  Thank bernadine9
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We wanted to go once we heard they were open til 10pm and could look through telescopes. However it cost our family of 4 45$. With coupons and other discounts. There was a crowded warm hall that a lady did a talk and some demos....More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband has been wanting to visit the Lowell for decades. He's a Herschell Certificate recipient. Twice in the 1980s, hubby had the honor of speaking with Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of our NINTH planet Pluto at Texas Star Parties. Sadly it was Sunday and...More

1  Thank GhostWriterPerson
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a treat to visit the Lowell Observatory; one of our favorite stops on our southwest US tour! Showed up at 5:30 as suggested. We were just in time to hear an amazing program at 6pm on stars and galaxies. The 7pm presentation was on...More

1  Thank redtentgal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place with a staff that loves astronomy. I went during late afternoon, and then left for dinner and came back in the evening. During the afternoon, they had telescopes on the sun and Jupiter, and several lectures scheduled. The evening was packed. Jupiter...More

3  Thank ModerationForMe
Reviewed 1 week ago

When our kids (15 and 11) actually expressed interest in going here, we were pleasantly surprised. We ended having a great time. We first went during the day and looked through a filtered telescope at the sun. We walked around the grounds and read up...More

Thank Steve-O-TX
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I were most impressed with this place! What a wonderful evening, spent sitting in on entertaining "lectures" and getting to view Jupiter and our Moon through several of Lowell's telescopes. The staff knows how to make learning fun! It was truly impressive...More

Thank RoadVet
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Bryanna E
Does the general admission allow you to come back at different times of the day to see participate in different programs? Or do you need to purchase a ticket each time you return in the same day?
30 May 2017|
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Response from flextime789 | Reviewed this property |
That is the best way to roll. Get the lay of the land, listen to desired presentations, ask what is in view that night and what they recommend to see first due to crowd and lines. Then take in the universe great experience.
We just have a few hours to visit in the afternoon. Is it worth a day time only visit? Are there things to see during the daylight?
14 May 2017|
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Response from michlees | Reviewed this property |
Sensational at night but wouldn't bother in the day time
Andrea P
Can I get a cab/taxi or a bus to head back to my hotel at NAU after the 10 pm closing?
12 April 2017|
Response from saykenny | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get a cab there is also an Uber available and if you want you can use this promo code when you download for your first free ride here's the promo code saykennyue. But guess if you use that for Ober when you put... More