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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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Description: See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts...
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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A Summer Shower of Stars

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Lake Stevens, Washington
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Lake Stevens, Washington
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21 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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Forest Grove, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The astronomer "Troy" was great!! We saw the space station, Saturn, Aurora Borealis, and several constellations. Troy was funny and did a great job managing the array of questions from the crowd. Definitely worth putting on the "to do" list if you're in the area.

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Federal Way, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We managed to be here on a cloudy night, but Troy the ranger still made it worthwhile. Good educational talk while waited for clouds to part. Glimpse of Saturn, saw ISS go over twice and saw a double double in the smaller telescope. Got a bit chilly, bring a jacket! Would return in a heartbeat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This small observatory is worth a visit. Clear skies in Goldendale! There is no admission fee, although donations are appreciated. Since it is in a state park, you need a park's pass - $10 per day if you don't have the yearly one. There are rather irritating signs about this pass all over the parking lot and at the front... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was a great and surprisingly fun learning experience. We stopped to view the moon and ended up staying for quite a long time learning about the solar system. The Observatory hit the jackpot when they found its educator, Troy; he's incredibly enthusiastic and engaging, and very, very funny. As per the website, make sure to dress warm and plan... More 

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped for the solar views and talk in the afternoon, and returned for the evening session. Staff is very knowledgeable and explained everything so that everybody could grasp all concepts from identifying stars, planets and the working telescopes. Troy's enthusiasm and expertise was phenomenal (not to mentionl his great sense of humor). Three hours passed so quickly. Loved the... More 

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Maple Valley, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This was the first stop on our vacation 3 weeks ago. Since we were only passing through we were there in the afternoon. I am beyond glad that we stopped. We got the tail end of a talk about the sun and then got to go look at the sun! It was amazing and it was my first experience seeing... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great place to visit with kids in school or grown ups, who are interested in learning more about space as well as seeing some planets, very cool, special place in WA!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a must stop! Sara took the time to get the sun shots between the clouds and not only show us but educate us on the properties of the sun (ie elements, refraction, dark spots, etc). Of course we returned in the evening, to hear both Sara and Troy on the moon and venus. Thank you guys so much!... More 

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Tri-Cities, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My 6 yr. old son, reluctant husband and I visited the observatory on Sat. May 16. We arrived just in time for a program about the Sun! Troy (I think) was amazing! He was able to hold our attention, included everyone in the group in the discussion, was extremely knowledgeable and really made this educational experience worth our time. We... More 

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