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Cincinnati Observatory

3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (Hyde Park)
513-321-5186
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Ranked #31 of 87 Attractions in Cincinnati
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Description: Nineteenth-century observatory, designated as a National Historic Landmark, is known as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."
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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I grew up in the area, but didn't get to the Observatory until I was an adult. My then-fiance and I went to one of the public stargazing nights as one of our early dates. It was amazing. The staff were universally knowledgeable and kind and worked to ensure that everyone at the event had a good time. They were... More

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Tampa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I grew up in the area and remember going to the Observatory for a field trip but I had never been at night. My son and I went for Saturnday Saturday. There are several telescopes set up and on two of them we got to see Saturn and one of it's rings. Before looking through the telescope, the guide told... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is quite small, but a beautiful observatory. You will never feel bored, if you are interested in astronomy. Also they have lot of program, watch out for their calender.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

My family and I have spent many an afternoon here. The Observatory consists of two buildings each of which have a telescope. The telescopes are very old and beautiful and still work. They are used almost daily. The Observatory had tours on the weekend and makes every effort to not only entertain, but also educate. The volunteers there seem to... More

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Ohio
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

So few seem to know about this place, nestled in with gorgeous historic homes. This is a fun site to visit for its historic and educational value and is located in a very pretty neighborhood area. Be sure to check the hours and tour times, as they are somewhat limited.

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Paro, Bhutan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Who would have thought Cincinnati has the oldest observatory in the western hemisphere. The scopes are from the 19th century and open to the public for stargazing. Last night the focus was the moon (full moon, largest moon of year) and Saturn. The rings of Saturn just jump out on the scope. Perfect for adults or for sparking an interest... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

The Observatory has GREAT programs, so check them out. If you have kids, make sure you take them here. Kids need to be encouraged to investigate science!

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Middletown, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I never tire of the Observatory. As a child I marveled at the shows. Now that technology has advanced the experience is mesmerizing.

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Cincinnati
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Had a company Christmas party here. It was cramped for our 100+ guest, but really neat place. Workers gave tours of the old telescope. I would like to come back.

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Dublin, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Attended a wedding there. Was very interesting. Very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Want to go back and take our son.

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