Texas' Starry Nights
Collected by Texas Tourism
With both wide open spaces and massive open skies, Texas lends itself to incredible stargazing all over the Lone Star State. From camping sites to nationally recognized observatories, here are a few of the best spots to catch a shooting star.
Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
Known as one of the best places not only in Texas, but in all of North America, for stargazing, the night sky in Big Bend National Park is one of the things that makes it truly special. In this vast mountain and desert wilderness (inhabited by a...
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Referred to by locals as “E Rock,” Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a haven for Texans. With its famous pink granite dome rock formation and plethora of hiking trails, this is the spot in Central Texas to escape from it all and connect with...
21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461, USA
An extension of the nationally known Houston Museum of Natural Science, the George Observatory lies about an hour south of Houston, in Brazos Bend State Park. There are three large research domes here, all of which you can enter to gaze into their...
20420 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA
Beloved by Texans for its white sandy beaches on the south end, Padre Island is the longest barrier island not only in Texas, but in the world. Separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, this unique ecosystem is teeming with life. While...
27490 Ranch Rd 12, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
Dripping Springs calls itself the Gateway to the Hill Country, and it offers all you could want from a Hill Country escape—cool creeks and hot barbeque, pioneer history and charming small inns. Another distinction it has is that it in 2014 it...
634 Park Road 48 South, Jasper, TX 75951, USA
About an hour and a half southeast of Nacogdoches, Martin Dies, Jr. State Park consists of some 700 acres of forested land near the edge of the Big Thicket and on the banks of a 10,000-acre reservoir. The shores of the reservoir are lined with...
1000 New Carmen Ave, Brownsville, TX 78521, USA
Boasting the largest plot of native habitat in the World Birding Center Network, Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville is brimming with birds, butterflies, native flora and other species. With over eight miles of trails, you can hop on a...
TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734, USA
Davis Mountains State Park, in the Big Bend region, has some of the best stargazing in the state, thanks to the remoteness of its location. Visitors come out to hike, mountain bike, or explore on horseback, and many opt for the camping options set...
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247, USA
One night a week in McAllister Park, the San Antonio Astrological Association hosts Astronomy in the Park, a star party that is open to the public, and free to all. Local astronomers (most part of the Astrological Association) bring out their...
4187 Farm to Market Rd 654, Crowell, TX 79227, USA
Located in north central Texas, in the heart of Big Ranch Country, the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus is a 700-acre facility that is home to telescopes, observatories, and lots of wide open spaces. Once a Comanche bison hunting ground, Comanche...
Mitchell Institute Building, 4242 TAMU, 576 University Dr, College Station, TX 77845, USA
Texas A&M University has one of the best astronomy programs in the nation, with its Mitchell Institute leading the way for research, technology and development. The astronomy program hosts bi-monthly star gazing parties on the Texas A&M campus...
777 State Hwy Park Rd 62, Quanah, TX 79252, USA
In 2014, Copper Breaks State Park joined Big Bend National Park, Enchanted Rock State Park, and the City of Dripping Springs to be recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association. In part that is due to the favorable conditions that exist...
850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX 79255, USA
Any stargazer headed to the Panhandle Plains to Copper Breaks State Park (the, as it were, shining star of Texas state parks when it comes to preserving and promoting their dark sky) should also stop by the nearby Caprock Canyons State Park (a...
3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731, USA
Austin, the capital of the Lone Star State, prides itself on its outdoor spaces, with Lake Austin and the flowing Colorado River, sprawling Zilker Park, and the popular recreation area, Lake Travis. Another one of the great spots in the city to...
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