George Observatory

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The George Observatory is located in Brazos Bend State Park, which is about an hour's drive southwest of Houston.

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Important Background Information

The observatory is open to the public every Saturday evening. In addition to the observatory's three large telescopes, there are usually a number of amateur astronomers present on Saturday evenings with their own telescopes. You can look through all of the amateur telescopes for free. To peek through the observatory's three large scopes, you'll need to purchase tickets at the observatory's gift shop. (Total cost $5.00. But remember: It costs $7.00 to get into Brazos Bend State Park.) It's best to purchase your tickets in the late afternoons as the tickets tend to sell out quickly.

What to Bring

  • $7.00 per person to enter the park
  • $5.00 per person to use the George Observatory's three large telescopes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water
  • Layers of clothing during winter months
  • A small flashlight* to use when you return to your car at night (the parking lot is dark)
  • Note the observatory and park each have gift shops, so you might want to bring some extra money.
  • If you bring a dog, keep it on a leash so as to prevent your dog from getting too close to an alligator: Tragically, some overly curious dogs have been lost this way.

* Note: If you bring a flashlight, please do not use it near the observatory: The white light temporarily ruins people's night vision.

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