We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Goldendale Observatory State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Wed - Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when...

See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the amazing telescopes available to the public.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 69 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 52
  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
Explore the night time sky

Run by Washington State Parks, this observatory has one of the finest telescopes available for public use in the country. During the day the rangers (who are astronomers) will do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Olympia, Washington

Similar Things to Do in Goldendale

Add Photo Write a Review

69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 69: English reviews
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Run by Washington State Parks, this observatory has one of the finest telescopes available for public use in the country. During the day the rangers (who are astronomers) will do a guided tour that includes seeing sun spots, and prominences (on a clear day). At night the Milky Way is brilliant and you will get a guided tour of planets,... More 

Thank Irene854
Goldendale, Washington
Level Contributor
26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The skies here are perfect for astronomy, and the town of Goldendale actually has light ordinances to keep it that way! If you enjoy seeing the Milky Way from horizon to horizon (not a candy bar, the real thing), and would love to get a peek through a really large telescope, plan a trip to this observatory - you will... More 

Thank Lorri C
Beaverton, Oregon, United States
Level Contributor
223 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting presentation with discussions fielded from the group. Knowledgeable commentator (who was ill and had to leave). Observation building was down for some reason, we all got a chance to look through some smaller portable telescope outside instead. Not what we came for and not what we would expect. Wonder how long this has been out of order and how... More 

Thank Cindy F
ObservatoryStaff, Manager at Goldendale Observatory State Park, responded to this review

Greetings, Cindy. The South Dome was locked up due to the ongoing construction project; we are in the midst of a large-scale capital upgrade and the primary telescope was removed in June 2016 for refurbishment. It will return by mid-September, or end of October at the latest. Please keep an eye on our website, which is always updated with the... More 

Yakima, Washington
Level Contributor
85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We camp down by Maryhill State Park a couple times a year and have always planned on visiting the observatory but just never made it there. Seeing the clear sky while we were camping, we decided to try it this time around. My younger daughter was not interested in going so I took my older daughter for the nighttime show... More 

1 Thank JFlyFish
Level Contributor
65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

We planned our visit so that we went to the last solar (day time) and evening. That staff are very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions and explain. Make sure to bring a jacket. Also, they are going to be stating construction in a little bit, make sure to check their website for any schedule changes.

Thank PNWgirl1
Lakewood, Colorado
Level Contributor
60 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I came for the nighttime program, which consisted of about 30 minutes of classroom time followed by several hours of time in the observatory. The rangers had set up a second telescope outside so we took turns going between the two, looking at several planets, the moon, and several stars. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable, helpful, funny, and experienced. And... More 

Thank JRZelazny
Camas, Washington
Level Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Not many state parks offer a gigantic telescope where you can view the stars, so this Goldendale attraction is a must if you are into this sort of thing. The evening program runs from 8;30PM to Midnight and everyone gets a look through the 'scope. Have you ever seen Saturn's rings? Kids love it and ask some pertinent questions. Admission... More 

Thank Tom S
Seattle, Washington, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I went in the evening to look through the telescope. The ranger (?) that gave the talk was a wealth of information. I learned a lot of facts about stars, planets and man-made space vehicles. The night I was there was particularly clear and the event was planet spotting. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were all visible.

Thank Karen C
Redmond, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We so enjoyed our time here! The evening program was amazing. The ranger was entertaining and super knowledgeable. We began in a small room for a lecture that was very educational, and then moved to the dome (and outside for another smaller telescope and naked-eye viewing) where we saw the International Space Station, Jupiter and her moons, Saturn and her... More 

Thank 433corrinne
Ferndale, Washington
Level Contributor
45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

This Washington State Parks observatory is a little known treasure. The evening program is delightful. It is offered Weds. thru Sunday evenings. The location offers unusually good viewing for Washington state. Bring a jacket.

Thank willyum2

Travelers who viewed Goldendale Observatory State Park also viewed


Been to Goldendale Observatory State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Goldendale Observatory State Park and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Woodland, Washington

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Goldendale Observatory State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?