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Goldendale Observatory State Park

1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141
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Cool Place to See the Stars

Another trip with my Night Photography class was at the Goldendale Observatory. I had no idea there... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lake Stevens, Washington
Excellent stop - not what you expect from a State Park

They are getting ready to do major renovations so they are only open Fri, Sat, Sun for a 4:00 Solar... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cindy K
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See within 1,100 miles of the moon's surface and Jupiter's cloud belts when looking through the amazing telescopes available to the public.
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  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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1602 Observatory Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620-3315
+1 509-773-3141

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Another trip with my Night Photography class was at the Goldendale Observatory. I had no idea there even was an observatory in this part of Washington state. It's run by the Washington State Parks and the rangers give informative talks about the telescope. It's a...More

Thank traveling_with_kathy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They are getting ready to do major renovations so they are only open Fri, Sat, Sun for a 4:00 Solar program and an 8:30 Star program. Attended the Solar program with Summer as our guide - fantastic! She is so knowledgeable about all things sun...More

Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Star gazing at its best. Went here to see Perseids meteor shower. Great host led outdoor session. Bad thing however is the vehicles in the parking area lights would cut through the viewing area. Not exactly pure darkness.

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of very few observatories open to the public, where you can look through the telescopes yourself, not a projection on a screen. You have to plan your visit, the night we went was full, bright moon, so we were limited to the...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Goldendale Observatory boasts one of the only publicly accessible telescopes in the country. Situated near Goldendale, WA it is easy to find. It is open year round and offers programs about the telescope and astronomy in general. Evening programs offer attendees an opportunity to...More

Thank Ronald A
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

GREAT PLACE! Def Recommend. Troy who did the presentations for both shows was awesome. Very informative!

Thank Brenda A
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Troy gave an amazing, engaging, interesting lesson in astronomy. He was able to drop enough knowledge to impress those who speak "astronomy-ese" and also explain things really clearly for kids. We went on Memorial Day weekend for the 8:30 pm show. Be on time. You...More

Thank Leanimal43
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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 stayed entertained for the most part. They loved being...More

Thank QuinnLynnCa
Reviewed 30 September 2016

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. We have been to several planetarium shows around the country,...More

2  Thank Lyle A
Reviewed 7 September 2016

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 so much information shared in an entertaining and memorable way....More

Thank H3idiHo
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5 January 2015|
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Response from D_Otter50 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with JillCY. We were there in September and it was busy then with a long line of excited people. You could contact the Observatory for their recommendations on photo taking. As for other things needed, the... More