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Lick Observatory - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

7281 Mt Hamilton Rd, Mt Hamilton, CA 95140, USA

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About Lick Observatory

This is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of California. It is on the summit of Mount Hamilton, in the Diablo Range just east of San Jose, California, United States. The observatory is managed by the University of California Observatories, with headquarters on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus, where its scientific staff moved in the mid-1960s. It is named after James Lick.


Attractions Near Lick Observatory

Mount Hamilton
Mount Hamilton0.13km from Lick Observatory

A majestic mountain, at 4,265 feet overlooking Santa Clara Valley and is the site of Lick Observatory. The asteroid 452 Hamiltonia, discovered in 1899, is named after the mountain. Golden eagle nesting sites are found on the slopes of Mount Hamilton. It is a good trekking destination and also it offers beautiful views from the top.

Joseph D. Grant County Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park6.79km from Lick Observatory

This majestic10,882 acre park includes some of the County's finest open space resources, as well as rich environmental, cultural and recreational assets. The landscape is characteristic of the east foothills of the Santa Clara Valley with grasslands and majestic oak trees. As part of the park's tradition and history, cattle grazing currently takes place in some areas, and is monitored under a resource management plan.

Cunningham Lake
Cunningham Lake14.78km from Lick Observatory

A 390-acre lake surrounded by a 1,050-acre park located in north central Omaha, Nebraska. The lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and recreation and opened to the public in 1977. It has tent camping, no-wake boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, picnicking and horseback riding.

Raging Waters San Jose
Raging Waters San Jose15.06km from Lick Observatory

Raging Waters San Jose is a water park located at Lake Cunningham in San Jose, California, owned and operated by Palace Entertainment. The park opened to the public in 1985, and is the largest water park in Northern California.Over one million gallons of water attractions designed for little kids and thrill seekers including zero-depth entry pools, body slides, raft rides, family attractions, kiddy activity pools, the endless river, wave pool, and more are all included.

Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park15.3km from Lick Observatory

The 720 acres (2.9 km2) park offers 13 miles (21 km) of trails. The narrow floor of the valley includes a visitor center, a small museum/animal rehab facility, picnic areas, playgrounds, lawns, sand volleyball pits, mineral springs, lush plant life, woodlands, creek play opportunities, and occasional group camping.

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve15.92km from Lick Observatory

The Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve in the Eastern foothills of Santa Clara County offers sweeping views of the Valley and the opportunity to stroll through diverse landscapes including oak woodlands, rolling grassland, and chaparral communities.Enjoy expansive views as you stroll through grasslands and rock outcroppings that were once part of the ocean floor.

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Home to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County is an economic center for high technology and has the third highest GDP per capita in the world. The county's concentration of wealth, primarily due to the tech industry, has made it the most affluent county on the West Coast of the United States and one of the most affluent places in America.

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