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“Gateway to Outer Space” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory
HC-3 CAJA 53995, Arecibo 00612, Puerto Rico
+1 787-878-2612
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Arecibo
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the wonders of the universe at the world's largest radio telescope located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Here, scientists from throughout the world use the 305 meter dish to gather radio signals from regions of star formation, planets, distant galaxies and the atmosphere. Visit the Angel Ramos Foundation Science and Visitor Center which includes interactive exhibits. Enjoy the amazing view from the observation deck and don't forget the auditorium and souvenir shop.
Ontario
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“Gateway to Outer Space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The huge Radio Telescope, the largest in the world, is worth seeing. There are many descriptive displays which show how this telescope has added to space exploration since 1954. This location is a major site for scientists who are exploring space and sending and receiving radio waves into the past. They have sent a message from earth which may be picked up by other beings in space, who may respond someday. This is a motivational site for budding young astronauts.

Visited March 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Very impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Very interesting and impressive to see with a lot of good information. The view is phenomenal. Also there is a lot of information around general physics which inspires you to maybe go back and read back into the physics.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Fun learning field trip, bring sneakers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Observatory is located off of several winding & climbing narrow roads once you get off of Hwy 22, signage to Observatory is pretty adequate, I recommend utilizing a paper maps AND GPS. Entry fee is typical for exhibit type attraction. I highly recommend you wear walking/hiking shoes due to the fact that you park & then walk/hike up at least three different winding levels (approx to at least 1 mile) till you reach the admission area. There is a golf cart for those that need physical assistance and there are benches along the levels. They do not allow outside drinks/food inside, however they do have a picnic area. Allow plenty of time to read exhibits, to attend the slide presentation, given in both English & Spanish about every 1/2hr and do outside short tour. Note that the Observatory is about 1/2hr from Arecibo city with restaurants, gas etc. and that not everyone in the area speaks English. My teenage son loved this outing, especially since the Observatory layout is featured in his video game, Battlefield 4.

Visited March 2014
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Austin, TX
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“Finally Made it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I had wanted to come here for years and I finally made it with my family of four in tow. The drive getting there is just as adventurous as others describe. (And the route between there and the Rio Camuy Caves is even more so.). The walk from the car park is up an extremely steep hill that leaves your lower legs screaming. And the admission is a little high for what you get.

However, I found it very interesting and glad I finally made it. The movie was good and the view of the dish impressive. Unfortunately, I had trouble understanding the guide.

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting but pricey admission”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is now an outdated marvel of 1960's science. It is interesting how a large satellite dish was built into a depression between hills. Remember the big satellite TV dishes of the 1970's? Now we all have small plate-sized receivers. Same with radio space exploration. The small museum is interesting and well thought out. The admission charge is $10 for adults and $6 for children which is excessive. If you find one of the little coupon books in your hotel room or rental car - take it along because it contains a 2 for one admission coupon.

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