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Reviewed July 20, 2013

After an often hysterical drive up winding roads with hairpin turns and roller coaster quality hills, we arrived at the Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radio telescope. That thing was an impressive sight! I'm glad we went, but wish that there had been more info provided about the scope itself - especially the construction of it. That would make for a great documentary film and would also make the $10 admission a better value for the money. That said, the displays inside were interesting and the telescope itself is really something to see.

Thank lalaland999
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

As you drive to the Arecibo Obsevatory remember it was constructed in the sixties as a joint venture between Cornell Unversity and the USA govt. It is remarkable that in the 21th century it's still the largest single dish radio telescope in the world. The interactive center was constructed recently and is a great educational resource, after watching a short movie its time to see the huge dish for the first time. I bet you will be greatly impressed.

Thank Juan Felipe G
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you are into science this is a must if you are in Puerto Rico! The little interactive center is a lot of fun too. Very educational and interesting. You start out by watching a short film, they offer both English and Spanish films. Then you walk outside to a small patio with a snack bar to learn about the telescope. Our guide was really nice and spoke knowledgeably about the entire thing. Like others have said, it is a very long drive from San Juan or Fajardo (about 3 hours, if I remember) Once you exit off of the tollway, it is a long windy way up the mountain. I recommend purchasing a real PR map, we got our from a Walgreens. Some of the fun touristy maps leave off a lot of little roads. Also, you do have to park at the bottom of a hill, but the have someone that can drive you but its not that bad of a walk. It was just unexpected. So wear comfortable shoes. Also, as far as the value, Im glad we had the buy1get1free coupon. Im not sure its worth $20 but it was worth the $10 we paid. As far as info, The more than 3 hours is bc of the drive.

Thank JBloomin
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

If you want to get the most out of your trip to PR add this to your list. It was really cool.
When we first got there we were asked to park at the bottom of the hill. We had to walk up two large hills to get to the observatory. This is a bit of a workout, so make sure all members of your party can make it up the hills before going. We noticed a few older individuals waiting for their group at the bottom of the stairs.
Other than that it was very cool and worth the trip.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Traveling with my 3 year old daughter can be a challenge at times. I was a little worried about taking her here. When we entered the park they offered us a ride up to the top! Great because I really didn't want to carry her. Then when we reached the museum they offered us a VIP pass, a must if it is available. The VIP costs double but it is so worth it. The museum and movie were not very interesting to my 3 year old, but she had a great time on the VIP tour. There is a small snack bar and gift shop. My whole extended family enjoyed the Observatory.

Thank Jannorman
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