Oregon is a beautiful part of the country. Just take a look around from the lush forests, the towering mountains, and the sparkling rivers. But remember to take some time to look up when you are in Oregon. The night sky is just as beautiful as you can see close to the ground. The best way to do that is visiting Oregon’s First International Dark Sky Place + Sunriver Observatory. It’s a fantastic place to visit when you stay with Village Properties at Sunriver. Here is what you need to know about Oregon’s First International Dark Sky Place + Sunriver Observatory.
What Is The Sunriver Observatory?
It is an astronomical observatory operated by the not-for-profit Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory in Sunriver. It has twenty-three telescopes.
What Can You See At The Observatory?
According to the observatory website, you can see “crystal clear views of the moon and various planets, to star clusters and nebulas, the observatory’s views will amaze first-time stargazers and amateur astronomers alike.”
What Events Are Planned At The Observatory?
There are events at the observatory, like the Exclusive Star Party. The event allows you to explore constellations through a laser-guided tour. You’ll see views of planets, the Moon, galaxies, and meteorites. The tour is one hour long.
See The Night Sky
It’s a special treat when the sun sets and the sky is clear in Oregon. You’ll have one of the best views at Oregon’s First International Dark Sky Place + Sunriver Observatory. Book directly with Village Properties at Sunriver to access many more terrific Oregon sights. We feature some of the best amenities and rooms in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon, area. Have the best time possible by booking directly with us. To hear more about our accommodations, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.
Summer is a magnificent time to visit Central Oregon. One way to take advantage of Sunriver’s clear, sunny weather is by taking some time to visit the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. It’s a must-see destination for anyone with an interest in the wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or your family is looking for an enjoyable day activity, when you book directly with Village Properties at Sunriver, you’ll be in an excellent location to visit Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and more. Here’s what you need to know about Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory before you visit.
What Is The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory?
The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is located on the west edge of Sunriver on River Road. Visitors can use the Sunriver pathways to walk or bike to SNCO, where bike racks are available. SNCO features a wide variety of exhibits that showcase live animals natural to the area. In addition to the animal and plant exhibits, another attraction is the Oregon Observatory, the largest publicly accessible observatory in the country. The Sunriver Nature Center also offers a range of educational programs and events designed specifically for children, emphasizing natural science and eco-preservation.
Things To Do
There is an ever-changing schedule of events and activities. Here is a sampling of what you can expect.
Visit the Creature Cave to see snakes, lizards, frogs, salamanders, and more.
Stroll through the botanical gardens. It’s a great place to get close to some of Oregon’s wildflowers and pollinators.
Learn about the rehabilitation efforts for some of the live animals at the Center, like the owls, hawks, eagles, and swans.
Head to Lake Aspen and enter the Observatory to get a unique view of the sun and the stars.
You can take a private tour if you want a more private journey through the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. The private guides that are available include:
An exclusive star party in the Observatory.
Learn about cosmic adventures with rockets or rovers.
A family birding adventure.
A two-mile Sunriver nature hike.
It’s The Best Way To See Oregon Nature
Sunriver’s elevation, minimal light pollution, and crystal clear air have earned it an International Sky Place designation, the first in Oregon. Visiting Sunriver is the best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. And with a vacation rental with Village Properties, you won’t have to compromise on comfort. You’ll also sleep well at your vacation rental through Village Properties at Sunriver. Village Properties at Sunriver features some of the best amenities and rooms in the Sunriver and Bend, Oregon, area. Have the best time possible by booking directly with us. To hear more about our accommodations, reach out to us at 1-844-458-4433. Or book with us online.
Want Free Tickets to Visit?
When you stay with Village Properties, you can take the exciting opportunity to visit Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory as part of your stay through the VIP Experience! Get daytime access for your whole group to enjoy everything the center has to offer as part of your Selection Perks that come with your stay! Learn more about the Village Properties VP VIP Experience and book your next adventure to Sunriver today.