The view is amazing, the film.is, excellent, and the displays are beautifully fine and so informative!
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Very popular, minimal visitor center, but the view is fabulous. We stopped all along the road at the overlooks, so this was our final stop and had the best views. LOTS of schoolkids on field trips.
The place is well built and works well with crowds of kids. The movie is a must. At the end they move the screen to give you a view of Mt/ St Helens.
Much better than the Forest Education Center, which is basically an advertisement for the logging industry. The rangers are helpful,knowledgable and friendly...as always. We did a couple of short trails on the way there,which were beautiful and extremely fascinating
Very knowledgeable people. great displays and a great video and great views. Take the short walk to some more views. Didn't have the time, but lots of real hiking trails too.
Lucked out and got a picture perfect day. Here's our itinerary:: 1. Stopped at Coldwater Lake. Picturesque, nice place for a picnic 2. Hiked Hummock Trail. Took over an hour and perfect for even young families. 3. Next stop, Johnston Ridge. There is an $8...More
Johnston Ridge is the farthest visitor center from I-5, but the closest visitor center to the mountain. While it is more than 50 miles from the interstate, it is well worth the time it takes to drive there. Plus, the drive itself is very scenic...More
Excellent movie and a must see...Don't get up right away. Rangers were very informative. Grand views.
Great views and right place to take pictures. Information center at the Observatory has lot of interesting information about the volcanoes. 16 min long movie is a must if you are visiting the observatory.
One cannot comprehend the magnitude of what happened at Mount St. Helens until there. The observatory places you right in line with the blast, an awesome perspective. The displays help one to better understand what happened, how and why. Rangers and volunteers are available to...More