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Goldendale Observatory State Park

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Great tour guide

The day we were there, our tour started out with only my husband and myself. Partway through we... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Glenwood, Washington
Enjoyed the Solar viewing

We took our grandson to the temporary location for the Solar Viewing and we were very impressed... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
Tigard, Oregon
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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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1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

we didn't get to go it was closed much to our disappointment seems there was some construction going on and temporally parts of it were moved but not available on the days we had made reservations at other places but if it opens again we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank clo835
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The day we were there, our tour started out with only my husband and myself. Partway through we were joined by a family of 3 generations that included two small boys. The guide transitioned smoothly, keeping the attention and interest of the children while meeting...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

We took our grandson to the temporary location for the Solar Viewing and we were very impressed with our guide Tessa. She really taught well and took our grandson's age into account. We all learned a great deal (or had memory refreshed on some things)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chicogirl2015
Reviewed June 9, 2018

Troy Carpenter is running a class Friday, Sat and Sunday at 8.30pm at the Stone Henge Memorial site....the small building by the entrance. We had a small group for 3 hours of class discussion and observation from telescopes from the parking lot. I've never learned...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Chris H
Reviewed September 11, 2017

We saw Steve Winwood in concert at the Maryhill winery. Great venue to see a concert. Overlooking the gorge with Oregon hills in the background

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

Very disappointed. Couldn't even access the observatory, picnic area bleak. Felt like a ghost site. Views weren't as good as we had hoped.More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Claudia H
ObservatoryStaff, Manager at Goldendale Observatory State Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2017

Greetings, Claudia. This is our first unfavorable review in years and we'd like to investigate your poor experience. When you say that you "couldn't access the observatory," was this during normal operating hours? Please visit our website for the schedule or give us a call...More

Reviewed August 4, 2017

We drove up to Goldendale on a weekend in May to check out the observatory and attend their day and night time programs - both were very informative and educational. Loved the night program the best since you were able to use the big telescope...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank oldranger81
Reviewed July 24, 2017

Another trip with my Night Photography class was at the Goldendale Observatory. I had no idea there even was an observatory in this part of Washington state. It's run by the Washington State Parks and the rangers give informative talks about the telescope. It's a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank traveling_with_kathy
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

They are getting ready to do major renovations so they are only open Fri, Sat, Sun for a 4:00 Solar program and an 8:30 Star program. Attended the Solar program with Summer as our guide - fantastic! She is so knowledgeable about all things sun...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Cindy K
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

Star gazing at its best. Went here to see Perseids meteor shower. Great host led outdoor session. Bad thing however is the vehicles in the parking area lights would cut through the viewing area. Not exactly pure darkness.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Glenn P
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Response from JillCY | Reviewed this property |
Perhaps if you went during a non-busy time you could. When I went in the summer, there was a long line of people waiting to use the telescope so if you took more than 30 seconds to take the picture, I think people would get... More