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McDonald Observatory

Address: 3640 Dark Sky Drive, Fort Davis, TX 79734-1337
Phone Number: +1 432-426-3640
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Owner description: University of Texas' observatory on Mount Locke.
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: University of Texas' observatory on Mount Locke.
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Baltimore, MD
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205 reviews 205 reviews
29 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

If you're in the Texas outback, don't overlook this little gem, nestled in the hills. The facility is a nice, approachable size, and they have a little bit of everything for stargazers, young and old. We thought the exhibits were too pricey for a quick visit, such as the one we were on. If we lived closer, we'd show for... More 

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Gramercy, Louisiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Beautiful dark skies and the tours were very informative. Would visit again if I was in the area. Just wish I had more time to spend there.

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Cedar Creek, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My husband is an amateur astronomer, so we visited the Observatory. Although I have not had a lot of interest in astronomy, I learned a lot from the tours but most from all the lectures. The employees who conducted these tours were very informative and gained my interest. The Star Party was awesome, although there were lines to view the... More 

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Evanston
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115 reviews 115 reviews
44 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went to the early evening lecture and stayed for the Star Party where we were able to view stars through a variety of telescopes. Suitable for familes and dress warmly if you are going at night.

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

very informative tour, right inside telescope tower, great views of the surrounding countryside and live-views of the sun through the telescope - they beam images into the auditorium

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austin, tx
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We lucked out and got a veteran McD researcher for our tour guide. Very interesting to see/experience the telescopes; great views.

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Rockport, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you love astronomy you will love the observatory and trek up the mountain is beautiful! The show is worth the money and tour is very interesting, you will learn more than you ever knew about the stars...try and do the night show on a CLEAR night and you will see forever into space.

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Good price, knowledgeable tour guides and friendly staff, adorable but not too obnoxious gift shop. A good visit for all ages.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I can't say for certain if I had more fun getting there (watch out for the "loose cattle") or being there. I was really excited to visit this place. We underestimated the drive time and the time zone changes we passed through on our drive...something to remember for sure. Everyone was extremely informative...naturally. I thought that it was worth the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Observatory for a Star Party in December. It was a really cold night. We arrived about 5:40 and had some food at the small cafe there just before it got really busy. It is a good but basic menu and we had a mixture of chilli bowls and sandwiches with some cookies. They also do hot and... More 

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