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Goldendale Observatory State Park Interpretive Center

Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Goldendale
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Museums, Traveler Resources
Owner description: See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Museums, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Fri - Sun 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Owner description: 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I can't think of enough superlatives to describe the visit my family had a few years ago. I'll never forget the thrill of seeing Saturn IN THE DAYLIGHT! I didn't know that was *possible*. We went back in the evening and for the first time I saw the moon through a telescope. It was so clear I could even see... More 

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Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Whether, you're there at 2pm and catch the daytime Solar viewing, or 6pm for the Stars and Planets, you'll have a great time. We stayed an incredible 5 hrs! Forest Ranger Troy is highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a gifted teacher. The history of the Goldendale Observatory is inspiring. The renovations that are now happening will only better the experience. The... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

For me, Troy's talk made all the difference. He did an excellent job and his enthusiasm for his topic was ever-present. The telescopes were interesting to look at (more than to look through!)

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Wasilla, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My children were so impressed with this amateur made telescope and its ability to bring the stars to them. The docent was so well informed and able to speak clearly to children. We will definitely go here again when in the area.

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Steilacoom, Washington
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36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had the chance to visit the Goldendale Observatory on a night promising the Aurora Borealis. No luck - not dark enough ~ but we were so glad we took the time to visit and purchase a Discovery Pass. We could not believe that is the only admission needed for a place where you can experience so much. Definitely the... More 

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West Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

While camping nearby, we went to the Goldendale Observatory. First we went during the daytime, and were met by a very knowledgeable guide who obviously loves to educate! He took us to see the nighttime telescope, and we looked at some windmills in the distance. He then took us to see the telescope with which we were able to look... More 

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Stanwood, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The observatory is a rare experience in out of the way Goldendale. We went there during the day which is probably not the best time to go. Still, we were able to observe the sun and learned about the sun spots, solar storms and the Northern lights. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend going there at... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It was quite crowded when we went here (don't forget to have a Discover Pass to park here), but it was a fun and educational trip. We heard bits of the tour, which sounded entertaining and interesting, and got a chance to look in the giant telescope. They also sell cold drinks and a small number of snacks in case... More 

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seattlejk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

They have a large telescope set to see the sun. You can see prominences (explained that they aren't solar flares) and sunspots. We went late in the day, but ended up staying for the 9:00pm show as the director said Saturn would be out and Jupiter too. The director is very knowledgeable and an entertaining speaker. Set up the large... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We got lucky. We were passing through Goldendale and took our chances that we could visit this place before heading to our hotel. The night was looking cloudy, so we were the only visitors, which turned out to be great (the guide said there can sometimes be up to 60 visitors at once). The guide gave us a great overview,... More 

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