• McDonald Observatory - McDonald Observatory Texas

      Roadtrip Attraction
      It's a case of stating the obvious but the best time to visit is at night when there are stars to be observed and there's a choice of a one hour Twilight Program, an in-depth 2 hour Star Party, and various special viewing nights. All take you outdoors so dress warmly. If your schedule doesn't allow a night visit, there are daytime tours of the facility including telescope views of sunspots and flares. All in all, a great visit for the whole family.

      Photo by Peter Thody

      If you go:
      Check the site for details of special events like an eclipse of the moon; on-line booking is available and these events can sell out well in advance.


      McDonald Observatory Visitors Center
      3640 Dark Sky Drive
      McDonald Observatory Texas 79734 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (432) 426-3640