Discovery Park

Discovery Park, Safford: Hours, Address, Discovery Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Discovery Park
4.5
Observatories & Planetariums • Educational sites
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Contains 2 of the country's leading sky-watching sites (Aker and Mount Graham International observatories, the world's largest pin-hole camera and more.
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Peglova
64 contributions
Needs signage
Nov 2018 • Couples
This is an interesting place and could be so much more. We parked in the empty lot and headed toward the large buildings. A sheriff and group of young men ignored us as they fanned out like a search party. We were a bit nervous. We learned later they were law enforcement trainees. We went into a dark building filled with valuable art and artifacts strewn over 2 floors. Could be an amazing museum. We headed to the observatory and were greeted by a cheerful woman who asked if we wanted to ride on a simulated trip through the solar system. We climbed into the space capsule and were treated to a universal-studios-like experience. Do not do it if you are claustrophobic. The telescope is open to the public on Saturday nights only; the museum exhibits were not functioning. You can drive down the hill and walk around the pond, but there are no signs to welcome you or describe what you are seeing. The property is wonderful and could be used for many community events; maybe it is, but there were no signs or literature to encourage another visit.
Written November 15, 2018
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Dutchkathy
Zaltbommel, The Netherlands1,244 contributions
Interesting learning facility about space and space travels
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had a hard time finding the entrance. The address say Discovery Park Blvd but it's entrance is on the far end of the South 20th Avenue. We were greeted very kindly by the docent and administrator. He showed us where the displays were, started up the simulation Space shuttle flight and made the video room ready for us. It was small but interesting. Unfortunatelly we were not able to go to the observatory itself but the ride in the space shuttle and movie made up for that. He later showed us a small road to the lower part of the park where we fed his crackers to the ducks, saw some fish too. We recommend this park to everybody, go see and experience it.
Written October 5, 2018
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Renet M
Tucson, AZ37 contributions
A few hours of free entertainment and hiking trails to boot
Aug 2018
Discovery park is free to visitors. I walked through the display area as well as the outside hiking trails. The highlight was the Shuttle ride, don't miss it!!
Written August 18, 2018
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Gardea
Safford, AZ7 contributions
Something Different to Do in a Small Town
Jul 2017 • Family
This place really is a little gem. With their tiny mueseum,interactive space ride, and lots of space out back for kids to run and play in the “Western Town” there’s a good chance you’ll have a good time. Admission is free. Make sure to bring a picnic lunch and have a few hours of fun.
Written June 25, 2018
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Rvtravl91
South Haven, MI25 contributions
Great place to visit
Feb 2018 • Couples
Great place to learn more about space
Even has ride experience that takes you on a space exploration.
A lot of exhibits that teach you about space.
Written March 3, 2018
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L B
19 contributions
Telescope tour to MGIO
Aug 2017
Worth the trip. Very interesting and informative. It is amazing how large the telescope buildings are. Will be going again.
Written December 21, 2017
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mj D
Casa Grande, AZ32 contributions
beautiful
Aug 2017 • Friends
Spent time in the greenhouse and at the riparian pond. Lots of birds and a fro9g chorus. Cool and shady and serene. I could not have enjoyed it more
Written August 3, 2017
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TommyBear
Milwaukee, WI166 contributions
Eastern Arizona College Campus Discovery Park - don't miss!
Jan 2017
It can be confusing trying to find information online because this "park" has gone from being a private "Edu-tainment" venture through a County project to finally being part of Eastern Arizona College. So unfortuantely, there is a lot of outdated information still online to confuse you. I can't post a URL, but if you search for it the way I've titled my review, you'll get to the CURRENT information.

I first found my way here because I was interested in a tour up to the Mt Graham International Observatory. Being a midwestern flatlander, I didn't realize that the area was closed in winter because of... snow. DOH!

But when I called for that information, I received a lot more about what the Park offered, so I decided to stop anyway, and I'm glad I did. In addition to a shuttle simulator they have a small museum packed with fascinating astronomical exhibits, another museum with historical exhibits (including a helioscope, used to signal from mountain to mountain using Morse Code) - just so much to learn and see and do.

Then there are some beautiful hiking trails through the desert, with Mt. Graham always in the background. I spent about 2 hours here, and greatly enjoyed my visit.
Written February 5, 2017
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TrishMcCartyCone
Sedona, AZ47 contributions
Visiting the Vatican's Observatory
Jul 2016 • Business
This is a major Bucket list for anyone!! Totally incredible and every person involved went out of their way for us. Gives us hope for humanity.
Written July 10, 2016
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ATeachingCat
Safford, AZ8 contributions
The best place to plan a trip up to the Observatories!
Jul 2015
Great staff, and wonderful guides for the observatory trips. Very knowledgeable about the area. There are areas you can hike, and learn about the native wildlife as well.
Written June 16, 2016
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Discovery Park is open:
  • Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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