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McDonald Observatory

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Enjoyed Star Party

Had enjoyable and informative trip. Would recommend, dress up warmly it can be chilly. Great view... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
munmunmun
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One of the best star watch parties in the world!

West Texas offers some of the clearest and darkest skies in America and the world which is why this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harford3
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The McDonald Observatory Visitors Center staff appreciate all of the positive reviews (and even some of the negative ones, too!) that well-meaning and well-intentioned visitors have left over the years. However, we feel that TripAdvisor does not...more
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3640 Dark Sky Dr, Fort Davis, TX 79734-3010
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had enjoyable and informative trip. Would recommend, dress up warmly it can be chilly. Great view from telescope of Saturn and it simply rings, good talk on the night sky.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

West Texas offers some of the clearest and darkest skies in America and the world which is why this observatory was established on top of Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains at around 7,500ft in altitude. Fall and Winter are when the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great visitor center where there is lots to learn. Wonderful star parties in the evenings and excellent daytime programs. A world class observatory. An educational outreach program that is second to none.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an incredible place for learning about how deep space research is done by astronomers. The third largest telescope in the world can be seen here. It was a rainy, foggy day when we visited the observatory - a perfect day for the tour....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent facility. We enjoyed the Star Party. Excellent presentations and the astronomers at the various telescopes were very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First night star party was rained out. Second night 36” telescope viewing lasted about half of the allotted time due to weather conditions. Our host was wonderful and worked very hard to insure we all had the optimum experience. Would definitely go back, weather in...More

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McDonald_Obs, Public Affairs at McDonald Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience at the McDonald Observatory Visitors Center. Take care!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second trip to the Observatory. Have been to a Star Party and a Special Viewing Night at the 107 inch telescope. A unique opportunity in West Texas! A lovely hill top setting.

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McDonald_Obs, Public Affairs at McDonald Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the positive feedback, we’re glad to learn you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We needed to plan this visit well in advance to ensure tickets were available. There is a little café on site, so you can get food, but seating and menu are very limited. Our Check-in was not pleasant as the staff acted like we were...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first visit. Unfortunately, it was so foggy there was no view. Apparently, when it's clear you can see for quite a ways off. The visitors center has a gift shop, snack shop, and small free display area. There are three telescopes here....More

Thank Steve D
McDonald_Obs, Public Affairs at McDonald Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's always a bummer when the weather doesn't cooperate with our desires, but when it's good, it's great. Thanks for checking out the Observatory!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience at the observatory. Loved the tour and the Star Party. We are going to try to come back. Advice to visitor - wear warm clothing and book online ahead of time. We did and our experience was very enjoyable.

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McDonald_Obs, Public Affairs at McDonald Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You leave sage advice for future guests: preparing for the cold in any season is a smart play. Conditions up here in the mountains can be quite different and much cooler than the lower surroundings. Thanks for visiting and leaving the 5-star review!

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lacord67
November 2, 2018|
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Response from McDonald_Obs | Property representative |
If you are interested in looking through telescopes and seeing stars, the Star Party is the main viewing event. Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday night the McDonald Observatory Visitors Center we deploy a number of... More
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conniehar
October 17, 2018|
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Response from Beverly D | Reviewed this property |
Because the drive up the mountain at night was an un comfortable proposition for us, we took the daytime tour. The star party allows you to see the night sky with all its wonders. The daytime tour focuses on the sun and... More
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musicalroad
October 13, 2018|
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Response from Y9929DUmargaretd | Reviewed this property |
The people that were waitlisted while we were there did not get in.
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