Full Price Admission Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 5-17, under 5 free
WWWW Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Lowell Observatory is a working observatory in Flagstaff, AZ, and the place where Pluto was first discovered. It features three different telescopes and offers guests and opportunity to look through each. There is also a small museum-style exhibit, and lectures and demonstrations take place nightly.
While the observatory is open during the daytime, the real fun happens at night, so be sure to plan your trip for late in the day. We recommend making a point of attending at least one lecture as well as the talk about constellations.
This is an excellent outing for space enthusiasts of all ages. That said, younger children may not be entertained for a long visit.
Books to Read
- Find the Constellations – By H. A. Rey
- A Black Hole is NOT a Hole – By Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
- Clyde Tombaugh and the Search for Planet X – By Margaret K. Wetterer
Videos to Watch
- Everything We Know About Andromeda
- Black Holes: Crash Course Astronomy
- The Zodiac Constellations: Crash Course Kids
Activities to Do
- Look through a telescope at home and find planets or other objects in the sky.
- Find constellations and learn the stories behind them.
- Do some black hole experiments.
- Make edible constellations or phases of the moon Oreos.
Things to Discuss
- Do you think Pluto should be considered a planet? Why or why not?
- Why do you think ancient cultures made stories using the stars?
- Do you think there is life on other planets?
Related Attractions in the Area
- Meteor Crater – The most well-preserved meteor crater in the world.
Other Area Attractions
Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs see this post.
- Grand Canyon National Park – America the Beautiful Pass
- Pioneer Museum – Time Travelers
- Fort Verde State Historic Park
- Wupatki National Monument – America the Beautiful Pass
- Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
- Museum of Northern Arizona – NARM
- Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – America the Beautiful Pass
- Walnut Canyon National Monument – America the Beautiful Pass
- Fort Tuthill Military Museum
- Lava River Cave – Free
Places to Stay on a Budget
- Thousand Trails: Verde Valley RV and Camping Resort – 65.3 mi
- State, City, or County Park: Fort Tuthill County Park – 6.2 mi
- Passport America: Grand Canyon Railway RV Park – 34.7 mi
Related Attractions in Other Areas
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