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Goldendale Observatory State Park Interpretive Center

1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA
+1 509-773-3141
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Goldendale
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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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West Richland, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Billings, MT
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Their web site told us they'd be open 1:00-11:30pm. It was a Sunday. We were almost two hours early so we decided to stick around town. We were there at 1:00. So were a couple of other vehicles. We waited and waited and waited. Then another pickup pulled up. He was a local fellow and he told us that the... More

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Seattle
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I went up on the worst possible night to go and thought it would be a waste of time however the guide/administrator took the time to go through everything with me even though I was the only one there. He suggested coming back the next day if the clouds broke and we'd be able to look at the sun. .... More

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Odessa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

24.5 inch telescope is largest in U.S. available for public use. They also have a smaller scope used exclusively for viewing the sun which we found to be fascinating. You can see the swirling gasses as well as prominences and sunspots. They have a new young director who is very sharp. He was a physics professor in New Mexico. He... More

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Enumclaw, Washington, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This observatory was designed and built to engage the visiting public in looking at the sky. It is well run by a very knowledgeable amateur astronomer. We looked at Saturn when we first arrived and then sat through a great lecture about stars, what they are made from, their life cycles and life span, how they make the elements that... More

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We took a trip to the Goldendale Observatory August 13 2013 as my 12 year old son recently became really interested in Astronomy. We arrived at the Observatory on a perfect evening at about 7pm after hustling over from Seattle. The sun was starting to set and it was just a beautiful place to be on a Friday evening. It... More

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