Whether it’s on a weekend camping trip just for the sake of pointing out the Big Dipper in the night’s sky, stargazing is a past time for everyone — from the scientific to the romantic. We’ve found the best parks and observatories in San Antonio within driving distance so you can truly appreciate the wonders of the night sky.
Bastrop State Park 100 Park Rd 1-A, Bastrop, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop
Planning a big party? Rent out the on-site dining hall for the festivities and end the night gushing over the moons beauty.
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The Curtis Vaughn Jr. Observatory at UTSA 1 UTSA Circle, utsa.edu/physics/observatory.html
Get a phenomenal look at the sky at First Friday Stargazing, beginning at sunset. Learn a bit more about the happening in astronomy at Friday Nights Celestial Lights, every third Friday of the month during the spring and fall semesters.
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Brazos Bend State Park 21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend
After youve observed the wildlife all throughout the park, hit up the observation deck on the Creekfield Lake Nature Trail to get the best view of the sky.
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Eagle Eye Observatory at Canyon of the Eagles 16942 Ranch Road 2341, Burnet, canyonoftheeagles.com
Keep your eyes open for wildlife before the beautiful night sky grabs your attention.
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Blanco State Park 101 Park Rd 23, Blanco, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/blanco
The little ones will love swimming in the river, but we have a hunch that you and your boo will prefer the coziness of the moonlight.
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Scobee Education Center 1819 North Main Avenue, alamo.edu/sac/scobee-planetarium/
Friday nights feature educational programs for kids, students, and adults all evening. Take advantage of the Scanlan Observatory after the last presentation.
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