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I would take my children here to look through the telescope and see other planets and moons in... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
Mary B
Astronomical hidden gem in the middle of Peoria

Great place to view the moon and stars on a Friday or Saturday during the summer. Local volunteers... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2018
Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

I would take my children here to look through the telescope and see other planets and moons in space. They enjoyed the experience.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Mary B
Reviewed September 26, 2018

It was locked, no information available as to why or timings, no one to ask. I had checked on line for hours of operation before going. We were well within the posted timings. The park is lovely at least.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank meetab933
Reviewed September 3, 2018

It was closed when we were there. Nice walk to and from there. The park was well kept and picturesque.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

Great place to view the moon and stars on a Friday or Saturday during the summer. Local volunteers man the observatory that is adjacent to walking trails in Donovan Park. The volunteers like to share their knowledge of the moon and stars.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank taxed1
Reviewed August 19, 2017

The visit was great and the person giving the showing of planets and various satillites was very professional and had an excellent way about him and made it all the more enjoyable. If you know nothing of the stars and planets in the sky I...More

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank nate73
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Do not bypass this gem , We all loved seeing the planets and the knowledge and insight from the staff is great for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Debbie L
Reviewed March 13, 2017

A piece of Americana... Lining up in an observatory, with families around you, waiting for the night to be dark enough to look at planets. This is a simple pleasure in complex times. You just drive over, park your car and walk about 100 yards....More

Date of experience: September 2016
5  Thank BPVBTess
Reviewed January 18, 2017

This is super fun. We went on a Saturday night and were able to look through the big telescope and see Saturn - rings and all! You have to walk through the golf course at night, so take a flashlight and make sure you have...More

Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank xoDeafDog2
Reviewed February 16, 2016

I like to visit the Telescope since I was a kid. It is easier to reach the view finder now that I am grown up. It is a hike and watch out for sprinklers if they still run but It is well worth the view....More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank Anne W
Reviewed January 20, 2016

Visited in the summer of 2015. Best to go after dark. The staff are friendly and helpful, and will help you to see the planets and even the space station with their powerful telescopes. A must do in Peoria.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank dwkfoster
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Response from Tobrooksie | Reviewed this property |
Found this on their website: The observatory is open to the public every cloudless Saturday night from the beginning of May through the end of October.