Make space in your schedule to explore these Indianapolis planetariums, observatories and other special spots where families can learn about the universe! If you've checked out any of these with your kids, make sure to like and review your favorites to help other Indianapolis area parents.

Your astronomy-loving kids will enjoy stargazing events around Indianapolis, too.

    Charles W. Brown Planetarium

     (554.2 mi)

    Dawn R:  Enjoy a 52-foot dome that simulates the night sky as seen from Earth and from space. You can "fly" through Saturn's rings, land on Mars, or travel to distant galaxies. They host shows frequently.

    Free admission!

    Carmel Planetarium

     (601.2 mi)

    Dawn R:  The Carmel High School Planetarium opened in 1970 and serves the Carmel schools by providing education on astronomy. They have several public shows throughout the year.

    Cost: adults: $4 & kids: $2

    Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium

     (603.6 mi)

    Dawn R:  The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium has been a part of Indy since 1953. One of the largest public observatories in the world it houses a number of telescopes, including one that just underwent a $425,000 refurbishment. It is now fully functional so we can see our beautiful Indiana night sky. They host public tours frequently.

    Cost: adults: $5 & kids: $3, cash only

    Link Observatory Space Science Institute

     (617.7 mi)

    Free admission

    Dawn R:  The Link Observatory houses a large 36-inch telescope and was built as the private observatory of Dr. Goethe Link back in 1939. The building is also now partnered with the IU School of Astronomy, and their mission is to inspire students in STEM.

    Kirkwood Observatory

     (625.8 mi)

    Admission is free

    Dawn R:  While visiting the beautiful Indiana University campus in Bloomington, make sure to stop by the historic Kirkwood Observatory to view the Hoosier night sky. The observatory has open houses scheduled throughout the year in which the public is invited, but can change based on weather.

    McKim Observatory

     (649.7 mi)

    Dawn R:  This observatory is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a wonderful example of a well-equipped late 1800's observatory. You will be able to see planets, the moon, star clusters, and galaxies during one of the scheduled public open houses. In the event of total cloud cover or strong wind, the open house will be canceled.

    Free admission!

    Oakley Observatory

     (685.2 mi)

    Dawn R:  This observatory at Rose-Hulman was founded in 2000 and houses 8 permanently mounted telescopes. They regularly host star parties for the local community.

    Free admission!

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