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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #9 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

While most of the real work is currently happening outside flagstaff, the history here is undeniable. Our docent did a great job of putting both history and the size of the universe in a perspective our kids could understand. Beautiful grounds. Keep your receipt and go back in the evening to look through the portable telescopes.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a wonderful experience. This was the largest telescope I have ever looked thru.the exhibits were pretty good and totally unexpected

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Dayton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Visit Percival Lowell's tomb and the observatory when you drive thru Route 66. There is a nice park at the base of the small hill you drive up that is also a good place for the kids to play.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Dan our guide was very knowledgeable and made our 3 hours really informative. It's a good place with tours and a gift shop and loads to see and do. Reasonable price at $12 and good parking. This is a bit of history and worth a visit if you are in town and have some spare time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Not worth the full price of admission, but if you have discounts and the night is clear, go for it. The most interesting part was looking at Saturn.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went twice in the one day, when you go during the day the same admission allows you to come back for the night tours. Day tours we looked at the sun and night tours actually got to look at Saturn. The staff live and love their jobs sharing their passion making the tours enjoyable and educational. The night tours... More

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Tuba City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Taking your bike going to a killer on you lol but the view awesome and weather can be a bit chilly. Please dress warm be safe and soak it all up!

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Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

High winds kept the big telescope closed on our visit last year, and I believe the building was being renovated this year, so we skipped it this trip, but hope to see "the big one" next year. Good museum, auditorium with film presentation, history of observatory's early days.

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My daughter did a summer camp here and LOVED it. It is a great place to go to during the day or weekends.... view of Flagstaff is great too. Kids enjoy walking around and looking through telescopes. Highly recommend.

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Novato, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Don't miss the tour- it was very interactive, you could touch and move things, plenty of great interesting facts about discovering Pluto and more. Great Hubble gallery to look around too. Its a "do not miss" place in Flagstaff!

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