West Texas and the Panhandle Sights

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center

  • 3640 Dark Sky Dr. Map It
  • Fort Davis
  • Observatory/Planetarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Check out exhibits, examine sunspots and flares safely via film, or peer into the workings of giant research telescopes. Guided bus tours of the domed observatories depart daily following programs at 11 and 2. After nightfall, the observatory offers star parties. Advance reservations through the website are mandatory for all public programs. On its own, the drive from Fort Davis to the visitor center at 6,235 elevation is worth the trip.

Sight Information


3640 Dark Sky Dr., Fort Davis, Texas, 79734, USA

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432-426–3640; 877-984–7827-toll-free, recorded information

Sight Details:

  • Programs $9, star parties $14

Published 05/04/2017


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