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McDonald Observatory

3640 Dark Sky Drive, Fort Davis, TX 79734-1337
+1 432-426-3640
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Fort Davis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Traveler Description: This is a must-see if you are in the area!  Spectacular views from all levels.  The Star Party is both informative and awesome - checking out the... more »
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San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Take the tour and attend a Star Party if possible. Telescopes are definitely worth the trip. VERY DARK so use caution when returning down the road to your lodgings.

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

There is a lot to do and see on this side trip--which can take days if you want to see and do everything. Make certain you have all the options identified and you discuss with your group the events you really want to do with your limited time. The drive up and down the mountain takes about 30 minutes or... More

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Aurora, Colorado, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The star party at the observatory was amazing! Our guide of the night skies had a green lazar pointer that he used to point out the various constellations and stars. He tossed some Greek methodology stories and made the 45 minute show something to remember. After the lecture, we had the chance to view various things through the larger telescopes... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
10 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Turned up and paid on the night for the Star Party, which costs $2 more per adult than if you pre book online, so worth pre booking if possible. It's about a 16 mile drive from Fort Davis, which is the nearest town. There's plenty of parking, but these events are busy, so get there early if you want to... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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333 reviews 333 reviews
107 attraction reviews
517 helpful votes 517 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Did the tour including seeing the sun in interesting ways, two big telescopes up close. Worth the drive. Kelley the tour guy was great, knows his stuff and can help us Uninitiated understand things.

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Sugar Land, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My husband and I had been looking forward to this trip and were surprised by the rainy weather and cloudy skies for the weekend. We didn't let the clouds stop us from enjoying a very informative tour. Our guide was friendly and answered our questions; he drove us up to the observatory and let us have a hands on experience... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This was an incredible experience that we would not have seen otherwise. The McDonald observatory has a very friendly staff and plenty of cool distractions for kids inside of the visitor center. They offer day/evening/night tours. We decided on the night "Star Party" tour. This starts out in an amphitheater out back with an astronomer pointing out all of the... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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203 reviews 203 reviews
102 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We visited McDonald Observatory for the Star Party. The speaker was very informative and entertaining. He kept our interest the whole time. It was just amazing how beautiful the sky is at night without all the light pollution from cities.

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Snyder, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

First visit & we loved it! We did the self tour because I'm impatient. The tour was informative & important but more detailed than my math & writing whizzes wanted! Cost difference is $3 per adult but it was a matter of time for us! A must see if you're in the area!

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Denton, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We had been in the area with our children about 5 years ago and did not have time to take in the Observatory. Now that we have had a chance to be a part of the "Star Experience" I regret that we did not take our children when we had the chance. Dan was our tour guide and encouraged questions... More

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