FLORIDA OBSERVATORIES (many have public viewing nights, check their websites for details)
Belen Observatory at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami
Crosby Observatory at Orlando Science Center - 10" Refractor - admission fee to Science Center.
Daytona Beach Small Radio Telescope
Eastern Florida State College Observatory - 24" Ritchey-
Chrétien telescope available for public viewing Friday and Saturday nights from sunset until 10 p.m..
Egan Observatory at Florida Gulf Coast University - 16" Ritchey-Chrétien telescope and 5 smaller computer guided go-to telescopes.
Here's a google maps satellite view of the observatory dome, and here's a link with more info about the observatory. Public access through Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.
Embry Riddle Creekside Observatory - They have a 20-inch reflector Dall-Kirkham telescope by Planewave Instruments , three 12-inch reflectors, a 4-inch refractor, and a pair of giant binoculars. They've completied the construction of a new observatory with a new 1 meter Ritchey-Chrétien telescope (see images on this page.) Free public viewing open houses will begin in 2014 on Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21. (and ~6 times per year.) During open houses there will be a public lecture at 7 p.m. and observations from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. During open houses there will also be additional presentations such as Gravity Well Simulator, Solar System Tour, Space Posters, and a Photography Gallery. Amateur Astronomers will be also be invited to set up telescopes outside for public viewing.
The Embry-Riddell Telescope is the largest public accessible telescope in Florida with a 1 meter (39.4") primary mirror, a 40 cm (15.7" secondary mirror), with an 8 meter focal length (f/8). The primary mirror weighs 700 lbs, and the total scope weighs 5500 lbs (not including the massive 6 story pier that it sits on that is separate from the building!) The largest refractor riding as an outrigger scope is an 8" APM. There are also a number of other outriggers that are Takahashi's and Vixen.
The Student control room can be seen in one of the images below (which is not the same as the local control near the scope, and I've got a shot of the Infra Red dome surveillance cameras too.
Farrout Observatory, Dade City, FL ("Where Tampa's Astronomers Cluster")
Florida Atlantic Observatory, (14" Celestron Edge HD SCT on a Losmandy Titan 50, and Daystar filter for live Sun Prominences), Boca Raton
Fox Observatory (16"), Sunrise, FL
Kissimmee Park Observatory, Kissimmee, and Facebook link, I believe he's using a 17.5", contact Dave Hearn for group or private visits.
Nicholas Copernicus Observatory at University of Miami
Ortega .8 meter (32") telescope at FIT, Melbourne, FL
Rosemary Hill Observatory (30"), Bronson FL
South Florida Science Museum (14"), West Palm Beach FL (open last Friday of each month to public with admission fee.)
Stocker AstroScience Center at FIU, Miami - Under construction, 24" telescope from ACE ordered (they currently have 12" Meade.)
Star Fields Observatory (private), Chiefland
Univ. of Florida Campus Teaching Observatory, Gainsville FL - Clark 8-inch Refractor by Alvan Clark & Sons - 203 mm / 2920 mm = f/14
12.5-inch Cassegrain Reflector by Army Map Service - 318 mm / 5220 mm = f/16 with a photoelectric photometer; small auxiliary telescope for imaging Moon with CCD.
12-inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Meade Instruments - 305 mm / 3048 mm = f/10, on movable tripod; computer controlled.
8 inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Meade Instruments - 200 mm / 2000 mm = f/10
Six telescopes that can be mounted on permanent piers outside the observatory building.
5-inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Celestron International - 127 mm / 1200 mm = f/10
University of Central Florida's Robinson Observatory, Orlando, FL - 20" Richey Chretien telescope and a bunch of 8" Meade Schmidt Cassegrains, here's The Robinson Observatory website, and their Open House Schedule
University of Florida Radio Jove Observatory
Weintraub Observatory in Miami at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Bishop Planetarium - Bradenton
Broward College Buehler Planetarium - Davie
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers
Eastern Florida State College Planetarium - Cocoa
Florida Southern College Miller Planetarium - Lakeland, currently closed, and their website was taken down in 2014 (after they had been closed for several years.) They are trying to get funds together to re-open it, possibly within a year? Their structure is the only observatory in the world designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and was founded in 1959.
Florida State University Pat Thomas Planetarium - Tallahassee
Indian River State College Halstrom Planetarium - Fort Pierce
Miami Science Museum Space Transit Planetarium (watch for their new museum and planetarium opening 2015!)
Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium - Gainesville
Seminole State College Planetarium - Sanford
South Florida Science Museum's Dekelboum Planetarium (formerly known as the Buzz Aldrin Planetarium) - West Palm Beach
St. Petersburg College Planetarium
Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) The Saunders Planetarium
University Astronomy Programs
Florida Institute of Technology Astronomy and Astrophysics Group
Florida Atlantic Dept. of Physics
FIU Dept. of Physics (Astronomy) and Dr. James R. Webb's page
University of Central Florida Physics
University of Florida Dept. of Astronomy
(Top of page images from left to right: a private observatory with telescope peeking through the dome in Chiefland Florida, Seminole State College Planetarium SETI Engineer Presentation, Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex Floating Celestial Sphere, The Rocket Thrower outside the Orlando Science Center (which has a public observatory) based on a World's Fair Statue, Robinson Observatory at University of Central Florida; all images by Jason W. Higley)
The new Planetarium at the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences opened Saturday August 23rd.
Here's the public-accessible 10" refractor telescope at the Orlando Science Center. The operator says that this was Mr. Byers last 10" refractor (the optics were also by him.) There is significant vibration from the surrounding visitor floor (even though they tried to isolate the pier from the gantry.) People can access it on clear Friday and Saturday nights (when visiting the science center with paid admission, however there are sometimes ways to get significant discounts, up to free access.)
Above you can get a sense of how high up the new 1 meter telescope is at Embry Riddell in Daytona, Florida (my estimate being around ~6 stories.) Photo by me on 7 July, 2013.
Notice how the giant telescope pier directly under the dome angles off at the last level of the new Embry Riddell Observatory..
They are installing the windows to the left as of 7 July 2013.
This is the amazing massive pier to isolate the new 1 meter telescope from the building being constructed around it.