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Lowell Observatory

1400 Mars Hill Road, Cortland Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-233-3211
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Ranked #11 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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Huntington Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Our family did two visits in one day. Price of admission covers return visits during the day....we arrived before noon and was able to view the sun through a special telescope and could see solar flares! Very nice walk through the grounds with great detail and info of our solar system and universe. Returned for the evening and was able... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I went with my family during a little weekender to get out of the Phoenix heat. Not as great as we expected although the people who work there are really knowledgable. We were hoping to look through the telescope but it was too cloudy and sprinkling. Definitely not the observatory in Los Angeles but a nice little detour and the... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The cost of admission was $11. The setting was lovely and very peaceful. When we first arrived, we headed straight for the telescope they had because the sky had cleared up and they were showing Saturn. That was amazing and probably the highlight. Then we watched the presentations called "Cosmic Zoom" at 8 and "Sky Tonight" at 9 p.m. These... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We recently spent the late morning/early afternoon here going thorough the Hubbel Museum, viewing the Sun, and the walks around the grounds. We then went back in the evening to view the night sky including a spectacular view of Saturn and Mars. Might not be the best place for a long visit with kids, but adults will have not time... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We took the Mars and Pluto tours. Both were interesting and fun. Our knowledgeable guide was a recent graduate who clearly loves the field of astronomy, and made the tours worthwhile. We were lucky enough to view the sun through a telescope during a small window of opportunity during the solar viewing. The Clark Refracting Telescope was not available to... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We recently toured the Lowell Observatory during a visit to the Flagstaff area. Not knowing exactly what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised and captivated by what we encountered. Firstly, the grounds are fabulous. There is a lot to do and see, and the exhibits are informative, interesting and well laid out. Younger children may not be as captivated, but... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Unfortunately, the large 22-inch telescope we wanted to see on this trip was down - but we were aware of this, thanks to a Trip Advisor review we'd read before we went. So we called to make sure they had the other large telescope available (16-inch), which they did. They also had three smaller scopes. We had the delight of... More

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We went on a clear, mild evening. We didn't realize there was so much more than just star gazing going on and we ran out of time to visit all the exhibits. They had 5 different telescopes available for viewing different parts of the night sky. The employees were all friendly and knowledgable. We were able to see a globular... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

After a Facebook friend who happens to be an Astrophysicist recommended the Lowell Observatory as a possible place for my first visit, I decided it was the best choice given the vast surroundings such as The Grand Canyon and The Meteor Crater. I arrived at the site around 6:30. No crowds. I made sure to inquire about which telescopes were... More

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Medusa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our eight-year-old Grandson wanted to see the telescope, but it is undergoing repair. Instead, we attended a lecture on Pluto, visited the exhibits, sat in on a science class, and saw a presentation on the Universe. It was an excellent experience for all.

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