The metroplex may not be the first place you think of when deciding on a place to go stargazing, but despite its ever-growing population, Texas still lays claim to some of the largest “dark sky” areas in the country. So pack up your blankets and pillows and grab a telescope and a star map, because each year comes with a whole new round of mesmerizing outer space phenomena that you’ll want to see. As they say, “The stars at night are big and bright…”
Fort Worth Museum of Natural History
Okay so maybe you’re big on space but not so big on Mother Earth. That’s okay, you don’t have to worry about finding some remote, outdoorsy place (complete with bugs) to set up your search for the stars, because this place has you covered with telescopes that see past the light pollution. The Fort Worth Museum of Natural History throws star parties every month, so you can enjoy the stars year-round without the long drive.
Frisco Commons Park
This is one of the more popular star gazing spots in the area, frequented by the members of the Texas Astronomical Society for their monthly star parties. With 63 acres perfect for setting up a telescope or just a picnic blanket, the park is a great quiet spot for contemplating the cosmos. But the best part? Stargazing at this park is free year-round!
Hubbard Lakes is a great spot for a weekend getaway, staying up late into the night to catch a glimpse of the universe at work. Let’s be honest, stargazing isn’t only for kids who want to be astronauts when they grow up, it makes for a romantic date, too. Hubbard Lakes is a great place to count satellites or shooting stars with that special someone. Have a fun day in the water and then a relaxing night looking up into the sky.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Want to see the stars but not such a big fan of just laying down for hours waiting on a meteorite to shoot past? “Park After Dark” night hikes are a fun way to see the stars and get a little bit of exercise in. It’s best to reserve a spot, as space on these walks is limited, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
This Lake has a number of parks and open areas surrounding its waters that make for a gorgeous nighttime getaway. Night photography enthusiasts will find that the scenic natural beauty of the Lake pairs wonderfully with the stars, especially in long exposure shots. The lake is also great for camping, if you don’t want to worry about having to drive home after your night of star spotting.