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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #10 of 44 Attractions in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of... more » Owner description: Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is a non profit astronomical research and educational outreach institution located on Mars Hill one mile west of Flagstaff, Arizona. For visitors, the Observatory offers telescope viewing, exhibits and science center, daytime guided tours, safe viewing of the Sun, multimedia programs, shows in the McAllister Space Theatre, special events throughout the year, and an astronomy gift shop. « less
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is absolutely wonderful to ask questions and see how things worked long ago and even today. Our tour guide was able to answer even some of my most ridiculous questions. Be prepared to do some walking up and down hills. But definitely worth the time and money.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is a very short drive up the hill right at the edge of town. Very easy to get to. We were able to look at the sun through a telescope as it was still light out. Plenty of lectures to sit through to learn that the planet Pluto was discovered at this observatory. If the... More

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San Diego, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Admittedly, I'm not as big a fan of astronomy as my husband. But, I certainly appreciate learning new things and the beauty of a star-speckled, far-sweeping night sky. I knew from past experience that Flagstaff was the first city in the country to adopt a dark-skies ordinance, so I had always appreciated that foresight and was curious about the observatory... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went to see the super moon, but it was cloudy. It still was a great visit. There was a lecture, many educational exhibits and a great gift shop.

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Prescott, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you like observatories, like my wife does, you will love this one. If you are not all that into star gazing, it is still worth a visit. A visit during the evening hours should allow you a look through the telescopes (weather permitting) and there are a number of presentations scheduled throughout the day. Periodically they have interesting guest... More

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Santa Ana, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We chose to take an evening tour hoping to be able to see something through the telescopes. it rained that afternoon and had been overcast all day so we went not expecting to be able anything but clouds. We were thrilled that the sky cleared and we were able view Mars, Saturn and a cloud cluster! Some in our party... More

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Flagstaff
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

We were a family of four adults visiting Lowell Observatory after seeing many positive trip advisor reviews and having a genuine interest in astronomy. We arrived just in time for the 3pm tour and were promptly ushered into the auditorium. Our guide was very informative however we were a little taken aback to find the tour was mainly in reference... More

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Burbank, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great views of Flagstaff, great place to explore. Beautiful place to explore and learn a few things about astronomy. The staff was very informative and friendly.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were able to view Saturn on telescopes set up along with other stars. Very knowledgeable astronomers and students who love what they are talking about and studying. Not very big and winding road up the hill to arrrive at location was fun to drive.

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Sherman, Texas, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My son and I enjoyed our visit. We especially liked the live telescope viewings after dark and the history of the observatory. This place will not appeal to small children and anyone who is indifferent to exploration beyond their immediate milieu.

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