Fodor's Expert Review McDonald Observatory Visitors Center
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.