Lowell Observatory

#3 in Best Things To Do in Flagstaff
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1400 W Mars Hill Rd.

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Museums, Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

At the Lowell Observatory, visitors can conjure their inner-astronomer by peering through world-class telescopes and sitting in on lectures on topics like black holes and the history of Pluto. This observatory was founded in 1894 by the Harvard-graduated mathematician Percival Lowell. Throughout the years, the observatory has been credited with making a handful of important findings. In fact, researchers at the observatory were the first to discover Pluto.

Many travelers recommend visiting Lowell Observatory at night to get the most out of the experience, since that's when the stars are at their highest relief. Visitors also say the presentations put on by the observatory's knowledgeable staff are not to be missed.

The Lowell Observatory is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Sundays, it's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission, which includes day and evening programs, costs $12 for adults, though there are discounted admission prices for kids, seniors, college students, AAA members and those in the military. The observatory's location, just about a mile west of the city center, makes it convenient to other top things to do and restaurants. For more information, visit the Lowell Observatory's website

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Built along the railroad track – and what would become Route 66 – the Historic Downtown and Railroad District is a pedestrian-friendly area filled with historic 1900s-era buildings that have been converted to shops, restaurants, galleries, breweries and other watering holes. The district also plays hosts to regular events like a farmers market, a monthly art walk, movie nights and more.

Recent visitors heartily recommended sauntering around Flagstaff's Historic Downtown and Railroad District, citing friendly locals, open-air music and countless places to eat, drink and shop. Others also enjoyed the historical signposts, buildings and railroad station. Still, some complained that the college students made the area a bit too lively at night. 

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