Directions

Scroll down on this page for driving directions. The formal street address for the Observatory is 12727 Ara Drive, however many online mapping services don't quite get this location correct, so typing this address in won't necessarily get you to the right place. In particular, there is a street named "Ara Drive" in the Avalon Park neighborhood several miles south of UCF that is not our location!

Here is a Google Map centered on our location, at high zoom and at moderate zoom.

Here is a Bing Map centered on our location, at high zoom and at moderate zoom.

Here is the UCF online map centered on our location.

 

Note that the map below is not to scale. You can also check out our online campus map.

driving directions map

 

To get to UCF's Robinson Observatory:

 

From the west:

Enter campus at the University Boulevard entrance. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Gemini Boulevard. Drive for about 0.6 miles and at the fourth stoplight (the intersection with the UCF water tower), turn right on Libra Drive. Continue for another 0.6 miles, and make a left onto Ara Drive. At this point, if it is past sunset, please dim your headlights. Drive for another 0.2 miles and the observatory will be on the left. Park in the observatory's small lot or across the street in a bigger lot next to the Biology Field Research Center. Parking is free.

 

From the north on Alafaya Trail (SR 434):

Enter campus at the Gemini Boulevard entrance, which is the first left after passing McCulloch Road. Drive for about 1.4 miles and then make a left onto Libra Drive (at the intersection with the UCF water tower). Continue for another 0.6 miles, and make a left onto Ara Drive. At this point, if it is past sunset, please dim your headlights. Drive for another 0.2 miles and the observatory will be on the left. Park in the observatory's small lot or across the street in a bigger lot next to the Biology Field Research Center. Parking is free.

 

From the south on Alafaya Trail (SR 434):

Turn right onto Research Parkway. Drive for about 1.0 miles to the intersection with Discovery Drive. Turn left and you will enter the UCF campus. After about 0.1 miles, turn right onto Ara Drive. At this point, if it is past sunset, please dim your headlights. Drive for another 0.2 miles and the observatory will be on the left. Park in the observatory's small lot or across the street in a bigger lot next to the Biology Field Research Center. Parking is free.

 

From the East-West Expressway (SR408):

Take the expressway all the way to its end, when the road becomes Challenger Parkway. At the second stoplight turn right onto Ingenuity Drive. Continue for about 0.6 miles to a T-intersection with Discovery Drive. Turn left and after about 0.8 miles, you will enter the UCF campus. After another 0.1 miles, turn right onto Ara Drive. At this point, if it is past sunset, please dim your headlights. Drive for another 0.2 miles and the observatory will be on the left. Park in the observatory's small lot or across the street in a bigger lot next to the Biology Field Research Center. Parking is free.

 

From the northeast:

Take Lockwood Boulevard south to the intersection with McCulloch Road. Continue straight on Lockwood Boulevard to enter the UCF campus, where the street becomes Orion Boulevard. Continue for about 0.8 miles and then turn left at the first stoplight onto Gemini Boulevard. Drive on Gemini Boulevard for about 0.6 miles and then make a left onto Libra Drive (at the intersection with the UCF water tower). Continue for another 0.6 miles, and make a left onto Ara Drive. At this point, if it is past sunset, please dim your headlights. Drive for another 0.2 miles and the observatory will be on the left. Park in the observatory's small lot or across the street in a bigger lot next to the Biology Field Research Center. Parking is free.

 

From the southeast:

Take East Colonial Drive (SR 50) west to Alafaya Trail (SR 434), and then see the "From the south on Alafaya Trail" directions above.

 

You can also check out our online campus map.