For some out-of-this-world fun, head to the observatories around Houston. You'll learn about stars, planets, and more. The observatories near our Houston Heights apartments include:
Rice University Campus Observatory
Better known as RUCO, the Rice University Campus Observatory is found on the roof of the Brockman Hall for Physics. It boasts a computerized 16" Meade telescope and several smaller telescopes. While they're primarily used by undergraduate students, the observatory typically offers public open houses between September and May during the weekend near the first quarter moon. The viewing is canceled if it's cloudy or raining.
Found at Brazos Bend State Park, the George Observatory opened in 1989. It closed for renovations in 2019, and returned to offering stargazing fun two years later. The observatory welcomes amateur and experienced astronomers who come to experience the wonders of the universe. It features deck and dome telescopes, constellation laser tours, and captured live camera feeds to help you learn about the stars and planets in our solar system. Currently, tickets must be purchased online.
State-of-the-art, the HAS Observatory features telescopes, reference charts, and even a folding south wall that offers access to the southern horizon. The observatory is open to Houston Astronomical Society members who complete additional training. Requirements include knowing how to read star charts, how to identify constellations, and knowledge of basic telescope functionality and procedures. Additionally, the observatory also offers bunkhouses and spaces for tents and RVs so visitors can enjoy camping fun.
Before a night of stargazing, enjoy a delicious po'boy at a nearby restaurant or check out other incredible businesses in the area. If you would like to call Lincoln Heights home, please contact us. Our leasing team will gladly offer a tour where you can discover everything our luxury apartments in Houston have to offer.