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Goldendale Observatory State Park Interpretive Center

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Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
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See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when...

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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Great place to star gaze

This place is great. the scope was built by local folks that gave it to the state. Normally only a few people less than 2 dozen and you get lots of turns at the scope. it is very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2015
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Tucson

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Tucson
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98 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This place is great. the scope was built by local folks that gave it to the state. Normally only a few people less than 2 dozen and you get lots of turns at the scope. it is very cool and the rangers are very knowledgeable.

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Oregon
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

If you have not been to the Observatory State Park, you are in for a treat. It's high up on a hill, and offers views of the valley all around. It is worth a stop if you are driving around the area and have not been there. Take a picnic and enjoy the views and the area in general. Highly... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Goldendale is an official "dark" city, so the star gazing is great. The observatory is run by the State Parks and is a wonderful place to visit. It is especially good to visit when something special is going on. Go to their website for more info, goldendaleobservatory.com

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Modesto, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A wonderful experience for all ages and especially anyone interested in the stars. The park ranger obviously loves his job and his enthusiasm was infectious. He was knowledgeable and took time for all questions. The program was free but an Oregon Park program pass was needed for the car. Energetic walk from town would be possible.

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Thank Roberta G
Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I took my 5 yr old daughter to the telescope as part of a camping trip in the area. Little did I know that thanks to Troy Carpenter and James Day I would leave with a budding astronomer who talks of nothing but telescopes and gravity and the size of our sun (it's pretty small, by the way). They make... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We attended the nighttime show and had a wonderful time. The staff is knowledgeable (and of course very excited about stars) and the location was easy to find. We went toward the end of summer, and it got a little chilly, so be sure to wear warm clothing as most the time you'll be outside learning about stars, constellations, planets,... More 

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Smyrna
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102 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

If you are a stargazer, you will love the night time experience here. Park rangers very knowledgeable and it so neat to be able to view the objects yourself and know what you are looking at.

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Thank Vermadel N
Ocean Shores, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Such a great view! Loved it, very nice to see things like this still exist. The guy who was the instructor was very nice and did a great job!

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St. Paul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

My husband, 26 year old son and I visited the Goldendale Observatory in mid-August. Our interpreter was Sarah and she was marvelous. It was a clear night and we saw quite a few things. There are several telescopes. Everything was explained clearly in a fun atmosphere. I strongly recommend also visiting the during the day to catch the session on... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My cousins and I, all in our 70's, went to experience the Perseid Meteor Showers and got a lot more than we expected. We arrived early and the ranger gave us a talk about the sun and its solar flares. We were able to view it streaming live in a classroom. The telescope with special filters was directed to the... More 

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