Goldendale Observatory State Park, Goldendale

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#8 of 19 in Childrens Museums in Washington State
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  • We saw Steve Winwood in concert at the Maryhill winery. Great venue to see a concert. Overlooking the gorge with Oregon hills in the background  more »
  • Very disappointed. Couldn't even access the observatory, picnic area bleak. Felt like a ghost site. Views weren't as good as we had hoped.  more »
  • We drove up to Goldendale on a weekend in May to check out the observatory and attend their day and night time programs - both were very informative and educational. Loved the night program the best s...  more »
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  • Really interesting. We will go back in the summer. December is chilly, but you get a break in the classroom where it's warm.
  • The guy who did the solar show was very entertaining. He made a subject the could easily be boring, extremely interesting!
  • The staff does a fantastic job dealing with crowds, and the facility is great. The director gives presentations that are engaging, educational, wicked sharp, and hilarious. Can't recommend highly enough.
  • I'd never even heard of the Goldendale Observatory before the trip. It's a 2h drive out from Portland but it's totally worth it. There was a full moon so the viewing options were a little limited but even so, we got to check out the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Epsilon Lyrae (the "Double Double" star system). The guide (Troy?) was really fantastic and did a great job getting all the kids engaged while also keeping the adults interested. They had two scopes going the entire evening and pointed at different things so the lines weren't too long.
  • Great place to take out of town visitors, learn a bit about astronomy, hang out with like minded people, enjoy the views outside before dark. I've never had a bad experience here.

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