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Exclusive Free Tours of the Big Bear Solar Observatory

Escorted tours of the Big Bear Solar Observatory will be leaving the StarLight Festival parking lot four times daily (Saturday & Sunday, May 24th & 25th), and will last approximately two hours, including travel time.

Free tickets are available at the BBSO (Big Bear Solar Observatory) booth from 10AM - 4PM on a first come, first serve basis. Tours are small (14 people maximum) and so we recommend you visit the BBSO booth early on Saturday to secure your tickets.


Tour Times for Saturday & Sunday, May 24th & 25th


10AM Tour:
Van leaves StarLight Festival ~10am
Arrive and meet at BBSO gate 10:30am
Return to gate at 11:30am for van ride back
Arrive back at Festival location ~12pm

11AM Tour:
Van leaves StarLight Festival ~11am
Arrive and meet at BBSO gate 11:30am
Return to gate at 12:30pm for van ride back
Arrive back at Festival location ~1pm

12PM Tour:
Van leaves StarLight Festival ~12pm
Arrive and meet at BBSO gate 12:30pm
Return to gate at 1:30pm for van ride back
Arrive back at Festival location ~2pm

2PM Tour:
Van leaves StarLight Festival ~2pm
Arrive and meet at BBSO gate 2:30pm
Return to gate at 3:30pm for van ride back
Arrive back at Festival location ~4pm


Please Note: Children are allowed on this tour but must be at least 10 years old. Participants must be able to walk the dirt/gravel causeway between the main road and the observatory, and have the ability to climb up and down stairs in a high elevation environment (6750’). High heels are not recommended. Except for bottled water, no food or drink will be allowed in the van or the observatory. Make sure you are at the pick-up location at least five minutes prior to the departure time on your ticket. The driver will not wait for you if you are late.