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Palomar Observatory

  • 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060 | Directions
  • 760-742-2119 | Website

You won’t be able to peer through their five giant telescopes, but visit Palomar Observatory any day (except December 24 and 25) from 9am-3pm (9am-4pm during Daylight Savings Time) and check out the imposing 200-inch Hale Telescope. You’re already at 6000 feet — more than a mile — above sea level here, and it’s the next best thing to magnified viewing; skies can be as clear as you have never seen them. So make a night of it. You could also book into the mountain’s other marvel, the 1888 Bailey House (33650 Bailey Meadow Road, 760-742-1859), 15 minutes from the telescope. You’ll pay from $125 for a cottage (for up to four people), less at the campground. Shower, eat, and put on your woolies, then head out into the 60-acre nature preserve and catch those spectacular stars with your naked eye.

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Day Hours
Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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