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Naval Observatory

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Naval Observatory

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3450 Massachusetts Ave NW (Enter at 37 Observation Cir), Washington DC, DC 20392-0001
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Avoid the stress of renting a car and navigating on your own on this bus tour of Washington DC. A guide provides entertaining historical context, as you pass more than 50 of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the White House, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and National Mall. Unlike most city bus tours, a small group size ensures you have the guide's full attention for questions and comments.
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jcsdmeyr wrote a review Jun 2017
27 contributions3 helpful votes
We toured the naval observatory and were not disappointed. Loved seeing the telescope and being on the floor when it went up. The library might have been my favorite, seeing the book that got Gallileo killed was a rush!
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Date of experience: June 2017
russiaplus wrote a review May 2017
Laytonsville, Maryland64 contributions3 helpful votes
The tour is for sure geared towards adults and older kids. I would not recommend for younger kids. Very cool old library. We were able to see the moon and Jupiter on the old telescope. The night was very clear and cold. Overall enjoyed the experience but had to sign up well in advance (in February to be exact).
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Date of experience: May 2017
oceanqueen wrote a review Apr 2017
Orlando, Florida40 contributions17 helpful votes
We had to sign up in advance to get a tour. The whole purpose of this scientific site is to provide exact positioning, navigation and timing for the US Navy. The Vice President's house is also located on the property and the place is heavily secured. Our tour was on a cloudy, rainy night so they wouldn't open the roof on the big, vintage telescope. The building that houses it is pretty cool though. The tour guide showed us how scientists move the building's floor to closer to the telescope. There is also a guided tour which included Naval history. The property also boasts one of the most important math and science libraries in the world. There are also a few cases of very old books including one from 1482 featuring early renderings of constellations.
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Date of experience: March 2017
McWett wrote a review Jun 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada1,479 contributions359 helpful votes
We were walking back from the National Cathedral when we heard a cacophony of sirens coming up Massachusetts Avenue. SUVs with sirens and lights, two limousines followed by more SUVs, one with its back window open and an armed secret service man pointing an automatic weapon to the rear. It was Vice President Biden coming home to the Naval Observatory. As my wife said, it was just like the shows on TV.
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Date of experience: May 2016
Bridgette M wrote a review Jul 2015
6 contributions2 helpful votes
We went there and they were not doing tours anymore. We were all very disappointed that we went all the way there and had to turn around. Waste most of the day on this.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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