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Goldendale Observatory State Park

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Address: 1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
Phone Number: +1 509-773-3141
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Wed - Sun 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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.

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Excellent experience! Very informative!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
JFlyFish
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Yakima, Washington

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Yakima, Washington
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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 

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Washington
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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.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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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 

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Camas, Washington
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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 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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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.

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Redmond, Washington
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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 

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Ferndale, Washington
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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We arrived on the first day of the summer season. The ranger was hilarious and taught us a lot about the stars. He took us outside and pointed out the International Space Station. We had a great time, and will definitely return in the future for more stargazing.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This place is great. the scope was built by local folks that gave it to the state. Normally only a few people less than 2 dozen and you get lots of turns at the scope. it is very cool and the rangers are very knowledgeable.

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

If you have not been to the Observatory State Park, you are in for a treat. It's high up on a hill, and offers views of the valley all around. It is worth a stop if you are driving around the area and have not been there. Take a picnic and enjoy the views and the area in general. Highly... More 

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