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everything you need to visit the George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park

Regular Hours

Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Open Saturdays Year Round 
**Please note The George Observatory will be closed Saturday, July 4th** 

Daylight Savings Time Hours:

Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

**Please note that entry to Brazos Bend State Park ends at 9:30 p.m. daily**


21901 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461

Planetarium at the Observatory!

Tickets: $3.00

Blast into outer space no matter the weather with our inflatable Discovery Dome Planetarium. A different full-dome adventure is available every half hour on Saturday nights from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $3.

Available Saturday nights from 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.

George Observatory Telescopes

Adults: $7.00  | Members: $4.00 | Children, Military, Teachers, or Seniors: $6.00 

All pricing excludes the Brazos Bend State Park Entrance Fee

Weather permitting, telescope tickets become available at the George Observatory Gift Shop at 5:00 p.m. Stargazers marvel at the night sky through one of the George Observatory's telescopes, far away from the light pollution of the big city. It is truly a sight you won't want to miss.

Tickets to view the night sky from the George Observatory telescopes go on sale at 5 p.m. at the George Observatory Gift Shop. Because stargazing is weather dependent, tickets may only be purchased in-person. In the event of overcast skies, tours and talks by our expert astronomers are still available. 

Available Saturday nights.


Park Entrance Fees

Brazos Bend State Park charges an entrance fee, which must be paid to gain access to the George Observatory as well as all State Park programs.

Ages 12 and under

Ages 13 - 64
$7 per person

General Directions

The George Observatory is located in Brazos Bend State Park, approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Houston. 

From Highway 59

Take Hwy. 59 south to the Crabb River Road exit.  Go left under the freeway and stay on Crabb River Road over the railroad tracks.  The road changes names to FM 762 once you go over the tracks.  Stay on FM 762 for 12 miles until you get to the entrance of Brazos Bend State Park.

From Highway 288

Take Highway 288 south, take a right on FM 1462, go about 13 miles and turn right on FM 762. The park entrance is 1.5 miles on the right. This route is marked with brown state information signs to guide you.

Group Reservations

The George Observatory is available on Friday nights by reservation for groups of 30 to 100 people. Call now for reservations as Friday nights books up about 6 months in advance. 

Cost: $15 per person, minumum group of 30 people.

Contact: (281) 242-3055


School groups can attend astronomy classes by reservation. Private groups can schedule tours, BP America Expedition Center missions and astronomy classes.

For more information contact: (281) 242-3055

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