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Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff

Some of the most important astronomical discoveries in history have been made at Lowell Observatory. Established in 1894, it is one the oldest observatories in the United States. Among other instruments, it is the home of the original, 19th-century Clark telescope and the famous astrograph used for discovering Pluto in 1930. During the day, the solar telescope allows you to take a close look at the sun, while at night you can view the stars, the moon, and the planets. Some programs might not be available at the time of your visit, due to weather conditions. The observatory is located at an altitude of 2,194 m (7,200 ft) and the sun can be very bright during the daytime while nights can be pretty cold, so don’t forget to bring sunscreen and dress in layered clothes. To visit Lowell Observatory and get the most from your holiday in Flagstaff, create itinerary details personal to you using our Flagstaff driving holiday planning site .
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  • Definitely worth a stop. We fit it into our plans and wish we had more time. Plan at least two hours. The tours are the highlight, included with admission, so check out the times they are offered. The...  more »
  • This would have been a good presentation if we could have heard it. Guide was very knowledgeable but acoustics were TERRIBLE and no sound system. Kids quickly lost interest, and we strained to catch e...  more »
  • Stopped here on impulse with my wife, Wow, really enjoyed it. Great tour guide, kept it very interesting and entertaining for kids and adults but handled good science questions easily too. Lots to see...  more »
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  • Where to start. The staff is so friendly. Nice gift shop. So many tours and times. Tickets are reasonable. Membership is very reasonable (great bang for the buck.) Membership provides free membership to more than 350 science centers worldwide. This is a very unique experience and place. Do not miss the kaleidoscope.
  • This is a wonderful place to visit if you think space is interesting (or even if you don't - they'll prove you wrong). We went from 8 to 10 at night, and we ran out of time for everything we wanted to do. We went to a very cool talk on the history of the universe, which was great for a general audience, and went and looked through three different telescopes of various sizes. There were hardly any lines (though it was a Tuesday night) and everyone working there was super knowledgeable about telescopes, space, recent research going on, etc, and were able to answer all our questions. There's also a globe projector that shows different planets as well as different statistics about the earth, which was amazing, as well as some very family friendly talks and activities. I'll definitely go back if I'm in the area again.
  • Fun place to visit if you are interested in astronomy. Tour guide was really knowledgeable and fun to listen too. Unfortunately it got overcast with some rain so we could not look through the telescopes or get the guided night-time sky tour. I would love to go back to see that.
  • Lowell was really neat but pricey. The tour leader was super sweet and knowledgeable, she made corny jokes but it was all a part of quaintness. Big facility and they are expanding so it's a nice place for the family.
  • This place is amazing! Definitely worth checking out during the day, and the night time is an absolute must! The history of the observatory is interesting, and there are so many things to check out. You won’t be disappointed!
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