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The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium has been an integral part of the Butler University and has been serving the local residents for over 60 years. This observatory is believed to be one of the largest public observatories in the world, and is home to a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector in addition to a number of smaller telescopes. Recently the observatory has undergone a refurbishment, and there has been great improve in the observatories optics, operation and research ability. As night falls, the dome of the planetarium comes alive with a tour of the night time sky pointing out stars, constellations, and planets in the skies. Public tours are available mostly on Friday and Saturday evenings, while private group tours can be scheduled on selected weekdays. Visitors are advised to bring cash, as they only accept it as a form of payment for admission. Furthermore, there is wheelchair access to the planetarium and lobby areas, they don't have an elevator to the telescope viewing area.
Nestled in the sprawling campus of the Butler University, the Holcomb Gardens is home to lovely flora. The splendid flowers, the greenery and the calm pond dd to the majestic beauty of the garden. Fountains and other water features also add to the scenic landscape. The garden also hosts lectures and other educational events on a regular basis. The scenic setting also makes the gardens a picturesque venue for weddings.
The Skiles Test Nature Park that is spread over 80.91 acres of land, is a great area of natural resources and wildlife habitat. Featuring trails, forest areas, park and plantation areas, the park is a great historic place that exhibits history of the place. Bird watching is the most famous activity here which is enjoyed by all elders and young crowd. The park is a great place to visit which is accessible from dawn to dusk.
The Water Park is an excellent option to beat the summer heat. Equipped with slides and lap pools, the park offers the ultimate aquatic pleasures for a lazy day spent with family and friends. There are various water-rides to enjoy. It is also an off-beat way to celebrate a birthday, and the management provides facilities to make it more eventful. Do experience the Flow Rider here, for it is the major highlight.