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Goldendale Observatory State Park, Goldendale

(4.6/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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  • We spent the day exploring the Columbia River Gorge and made our way to the Goldendale Observatory based on other folks suggestions. We learned a lot of great information and our kids ages 6 and 7 sta...  more »
  • While on vacation, our family was driving through Goldendale and decided to spend a couple of days there to take in the Maryhill Museum and the planetarium show at the observatory since it was free. W...  more »
  • Like other reviewers we were in awe of the equal parts knowledge and charisma of the Observatory Director. The worst part of the presentation was regretting we didn't have the kids with us. There was ...  more »
  • The view of the skyline is the best I've ever seen at an observatory. It's an excellent spot to view Mars!
  • The ranger/astronomer presenting was EXTREMELY knowledgeable, well-spoken and personable. Solar viewing available too. Whether amateur or expert there's something for everyone!
  • I thought that observatories would not be interesting during the day light. But we got an amazing lecture about the Sun at 2 PM with the live view of the star :-) And managed to take a look at Sirius through the telescope. Very good for the kids, but I enjoyed it as an adult too.
  • Well the place sounds nice and that's why I stopped by. When I arrived there was a couple already waiting for the observatory to open up. It was scheduled to open at 1pm and I arrived an half hour before opening. As it turned one nobody was coming to open up the place. The couple and I waited until 2pm and then we left. During our wait there was another family coming and we told them that the place seemed to be closed. I found the number of the observatory on the homepage but I only got an automatic message and a vice mailbox. There was no signage that they will open late but tons of signs to pay for parking and in that case you paid for nothing. As it turned out they had a garden show and the park rangers attended that. There should be a note now on the door. But that's too late for us. But they also could put a note on the website.
  • Closed when we got there, and even if they were open, the telescope was down for construction. View was still great.