Hours and Pricing

Sunset changes dramatically throghout the year in Kansas, so hours change with the seasons.

  • October-February: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • March: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
  • April: 8:30pm - 10:30pm
  • May-August: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • September: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

With far more exhibits than just a 16" telescope, there's plenty to keep you busy, even on cloudy nights.

  • $8 Adults (14+)
  • $4 Youth (5-13)
  • $0 Children (0-4)
  • $7 Seniors (65+)
  • $20 Family

Since the sky changes with the seasons, we also offer a yearly membership so you can see all the night sky has to offer.

  • $24 Adults
  • $12 Youth
  • $21 Senior
  • $60 Family

Note: If you attend on a cloudy night, you will recieve a 50%-off coupon for your next visit.

Where we come from

Lake Afton Public Observatory opened in 1981 as a joint project between Wichita State University, Wichita Public Schools, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita. The university primarily managed the observatory until 2015, when it withdrew its support because of dwindling attendance and high operational costs. The observatory went dark after 34 years of acquainting hundreds of thousands of visitors with the stars and planets.

Where we're going

Thanks to members of the Kansas Astronomical Observers and Open Wichita, the observatory was saved from permanent closure and reopened on Sept. 2, 2016. It will continue to operate as a nonprofit supported by volunteers. In addition to letting visitors experience celestial bodies through the 16-inch Ritchey-Chr├ętien telescope, Lake Afton Public Observatory will feature exciting new exhibits and special events.

Special Thanks
Michael Neth
Jon Kline
Phil Graves - Keller Williams Realty
Matt Wiesemann