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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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  • Being married to a person who is a Si fi geek and having our anniversary - went to flagstaff to see the stars at Lowell observatory- beautiful- main attraction was the 121 yrer old telescope - it's ed...  more »
  • There are lots of things to see at the observatory, so plan to spend a least 2 hours. Most things are outdoors or in unheated buildings, so dress warm. There are several very knowledable guides who lo...  more »
  • We went to the Lowell Observatory during the day and at night. During the day we learned about the history of Pluto and got to see the camera that caught Pluto. We went back at night to learn about st...  more »
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  • Worth the visit. We were visiting from out of state and figured it a good place to see. If you are in to all things space related then make the stop. We had to stop during mid day and missed the daytime viewings because we were on a schedule and the observatory only has certain things going at certain times. Small gift shop with items that were a bit over priced but i get that it goes to supporting a private venture. Historically cool. Genuine sites that were used and not reproductions. There is a kids exhibit about meteors and asteroids that is interactive at the main entrance. If we had more time my kid would have liked it more.
  • Purchased an annual membership to the observatory and have gone several times. The astronomy interns who lead lectures and work the telescopes are very knowledgeable and friendly. This is a beautiful area as it looks over Flagstaff and at night our little town is beautiful. The gift shop is full of great items at a reasonable price. Visit their website for special events and possible promotional offers as I got my passes at a discount. This place is good for families, as long as your children are well behaved and as long as you're not rude and talkative when someone is giving a presentation. It's a great annoyance at any location when a parent just lets their child run wild, but especially so when others are trying to learn. Additionally this Observatory has an extensive wealth of knowledge on Pluto due to it being discovered here.
  • I DEFINITELY RECOMEND THIS PLACE!!!!!!! It is great for anyone even remotely interested in the sky. It was so cool to be able to look through the telescopes and see stars and planets. I got to see the rings if Saturn for the first time, which was super amazing. Also this is a great place for kids! They have an entire area for them where they can learn about stars with interactive things. The only regret that I have is that we didn't get there earlier. We easily could have spent 5-6 hours there seeing everything!
  • I would definitely recommend a visit to the Lowell Observatory! Had a great night there looking at the Great Nebula in Orion through one telescope, and the star cluster M37 through another telescope. One of the highlights was the guided sky tour with an excellent female staff member who used a really amazing laser to point out stars and constellations in the sky while telling stories about the mythology behind them. The laser looked liked it reached all the way the the heavens. The view of Flagstaff at night from up on Mars Hill is beautiful as well.
  • Awesome experience! Wonderful views. Great employees to give you lots of knowledge and history of this beautiful place. Fun for the family. The space center was so informative and fun. Loved the video. Easy to spend several hours just star gazing and enjoying the atmosphere.
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