Weekend Docent Tours


Notice: There will be no regular tours of the Observatory June 3 & 4. Instead, we will be hosting the Knowledges Event which is mostly free of charge. See the schedule. For performances that require a fee click here. Docents will be stationed around the grounds to answer questions and share their knowledge.

Docent-led walking tours of the observatory take place on Saturdays and Sundays during Apr 1 – Nov 30.* They depart at 1:00 pm sharp from the Cosmic Cafe located above the large parking lot at the entrance to the Observatory.

A special feature of these tours, when available, is admission to the area directly beneath the 100-inch Telescope rather than a restricted view from the visitors’ gallery in the dome. A shorter tour that does not provide entry to the telescope, leaves the Pavilion at 2:00 pm sharp on Saturdays and Sundays from June 1 – Aug 31.

Tour tickets are available for same-day purchase at the Cosmic Cafe. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (ages 16 and under & 62 and older). Children under age 6 are not permitted. The approximately 2-hour tour (1-hour for the 2 pm tour) involves about a mile of walking and climbing some stairs. Please read the Health Notice in the information tab.

*Note: Tour may not be conducted during times of inclement weather, unsafe/blocked passage to the Observatory, special events, etc.