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Operated by Friends of LBL, the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory is an attraction like no other at Land Between the Lakes. 

Visitors can take in everything from white dwarves to black holes on the planetarium's 40-foot dome, while novice astronomers can learn to identify the constellations on a simulated night sky.  For those preferring to view the real thing, the Golden Pond Observatory offers spectacular views of the stars through its telescopes.

The observatory houses two state of the art telescopes - a 16-inch Meade LX-200 ACF Schmidt Cassegrain and a Coronado Solar.  This Meade is capable of finding and tracking any object that is visible in the telescope, while the Coronado allows observers to safely view prominences on the disk of the sun, as well as other details of Earth's nearest star.

The observatory is also home to the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers, which holds meetings there each Saturday closest to the New Moon.  The public is invited to attend these meetings at no charge. A complete list of WKAA meetings can be found at its website, www.wkaa.net.

The Golden Planetarium is located inside the Golden Pond Visitor Center, while the observatory is located behind the building.  The visitor center is located in the center of LBL, where the Woodlands Trace and U.S. Highway 68/80 meet.

The season for the planetarium and observatory runs from January 2 to December 29. 

They are closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24-26, December 30-31, and January 1. 

The planetarium offers holiday shows November 29-December 23 and laser music shows September 3-December 28.

Admission to the daytime and evening planetarium shows is $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 5-12.

Admission to the evening laser light shows is $7 for all ages.  

For more information on show times or discount group rates, call (270) 924-2020.

The Planetarium

SEASON  Year-round except Thanksgiving.  Closed December 24-26 and January 1.
HOURS  Varies with several shows daily.  See our Events Calendar for details.
ADMISSION  Daytime Shows:  $5.00 Ages 13 & Up; $3 for ages 5-12.  Evening Shows are $7 for all ages
GPS  N 36 46' 38.41" / W 88 03' 53.75"  {Map It!}
LOCATION  At the Visitor Center

Planetarium Show Dates & Times

Note:  Dates and times are subject to change.  Call 1-800-LBL-7077 for more information.

Experience Land Between The Lakes

The Planetarium should be on your list of things to do when visiting Land Between The Lakes.  There are many other things to do and places to see when vacationing at LBL.  You might decide a multiple-day trip is needed to take in all the attractions.  If so, check out these lodging options located just outside Land Between The Lakes.

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The Homeplace
Photo by Connie Wilson

The Homeplace 1850's working farm is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Land Between The Lakes. Events are scheduled year-round to remind visitors of how the residents of this region once lived.