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Arecibo Observatory

Route 625 Bo. Esperanza | Arecibo, Arecibo 00612, Puerto Rico
+1 787-878-2612
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Arecibo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Science Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the wonders of the universe at the world's largest radio telescope located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Here, scientists from throughout the... more » Owner description: Explore the wonders of the universe at the world's largest radio telescope located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Here, scientists from throughout the world use the 305 meter dish to gather radio signals from regions of star formation, planets, distant galaxies and the atmosphere. Visit the Angel Ramos Foundation Science and Visitor Center which includes interactive exhibits. Enjoy the amazing view from the observation deck and don't forget the auditorium and souvenir shop. « less
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Pueblo West, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Although this was a 2.5 hour drive from our resort in Humacao it was well worth it. The guides were informative and well versed on the telescope. It was unbelievable how large this was and what it took to get it going. Let alone the information they are collecting from this. The museum was packed with informational exhibits on how... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This is a place that, as a kid, I would have LOVED to have gone on for a field trip. I am admittedly not much of a science geek now, but my boyfriend had a blast. It is a pretty cool experience, over all, to be able to see the largest and most sensitive radiotelescope in the world. The short... More

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Davenport, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Let me start by saying I was in a bit of a hurry and that might be the reason for a less than favorable review. For me, driving there was the most fun part of the trip. Beautiful views and winding narrow roads. Things could be marked more clearly. To get outside to see it, go through the hallway marked... More

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Rush City, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Yes, it was impressive, but not worth the drive and the $10 per person. We had a 10 minute video of the same thing I already new about it. Then we went to see the giant telescope, then we went back in to the "museum" part, which was terrifically non educational. One display shows a picture of the Arizona asteroid... More

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AreciboObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Arecibo Observatory, responded to this review

Hello: First of all thanks for taking your time in visiting us. We would also like to thank you for commenting about the exhibits. The display panel mentioned (located in the second floor) has 2 different events: one being the crater in the Yucatan Peninsula whose impact was about 65,000 years ago and the Meteor Crater in Arizona whose impact... More

Clearwater, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Arecibo Observatory is a great place to visit while in Puerto Rico. The Observatory is an amazing site to see in person. It was very interesting reading and viewing all the facts about what the observatory has done and continues to do for science. I recommend stopping by the observatory to anybody in the Arecibo area.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We took a day trip from San Juan to visit the Arecibo Observatory and then see a little of inner island of Puerto Rico and the southern side of the island. It takes about 75 minutes from San Juan to the parking lot at the observatory if there is no traffic (we went on a Sunday). Then you need to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We traveled from Luquillo to Arecibo just to visit the observatory. We were not disappointed. The center houses some very fun and fascinating exhibits. We happen to be space fans so we were totally into it. If you're not, then you may find it a bit boring. The radio telescope itself if crazy large and were amazed by the size... More

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Jackson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Enjoyed the orientation we received relating to the world's largest radio telescope. As the site of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, the Observatory is recognized as one of the most important national centers for research in radio astronomy, planetary radar and terrestrial aeronomy. A large maintenance staff keeps the telescope and associated instrumentation as well as the site in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The facility is worth the drive and it is wonderful to behold this marvel of science. Great work and research that incorporates young people and the young at heart.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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84 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you have a GPS you will find this under attractions in Arecibo and it will take you right to the security entrance. If you don't have a GPS with you there are numerous signs along the roads that will guide you there. The roads are typical Puerto Rican city roads that are tight and winding so stay on your... More

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