Group Reservations

Access to the Observatory grounds is ONLY allowed for visitors with passes, and capacity limits are enforced. 


Group Passes

Groups of 15 or more visitors may receive special discounts for passes to McDonald Observatory Guided Tours and Star Party programs. Discounted Group passes include all of the activities in regular programs and admission. Group passes may be requested by completing the Group Reservation Request Form, our staff will contact you to complete a reservation.
 
What Qualifies as a Group? To be considered a group and receive discounted group rates, you must have at least 15 people, make reservations at least two weeks in advance, and complete payment at least 72 hours before the scheduled visit. For safety purposes, we ask that visitors adhere to a minimum of one adult for every five youth under the age of 18 in a group.
 
Educators! Want to Book A Field Trip? Please visit our School Group Visits section.
 
Please Note: Program passes will sell out in advance of holidays such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and Memorial Day, and July 4th. Plan holiday group visits at least 6 months in advance. Prices subject to change.

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing

GUIDED TOUR PRICE PER
PERSON
GROUP PRICE PER PASS
(for groups of 15+)
Adult $10 $9
Seniors/Students/Active Military, UT Staff $8 $7
Children under 5 $5 $5
Tri-County Locals free free

 

STAR PARTY PRICE PER
PERSON
GROUP PRICE PER PASS
(for groups of 15+)
Adult $25 $22
Seniors/Students/Active Military, UT Staff $20 $18
Children under 5 $5 $5
Tri-County Locals $20 $18

 

OTHER PASSES
(Non-Discounted, ALL ages)
PRICE PER
PERSON
General Admission
     Includes Self-Guided Tour
$3 (Free for locals and Friends of the Observatory)
Solar Viewing Program
     Includes General Admission
$5
Twilight Program
     Includes General Admission
$5

Tri-County Locals include residents of Jeff Davis, Brewster, or Presidio counties with valid proof of residency.

Booking & Cancellations Policy

Group passes may be requested by completing the Group Reservation Request Form.

A 50% deposit is required for your group, which will serve as your reservation confirmation.  Full payment is required no less than 72 hours (3 days) before your program(s).  Cancellations processed more than three days before your program will be refunded less a $25 processing fee.  For cancellations less than three days before your program, we are unable to issue a refund.

Please include all members of your party in your reservation (including passes for children of any age). Please contact us for more information or to let us know if you have special needs.

Programs may be cancelled at any time due to weather or public health concerns. Evening programs take place mostly outdoors.


Important: McDonald Observatory, part of the University of Texas at Austin, is located 450 miles west of Austin and is on Central Time.