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Stargazing in Texas: 4 Spectacular Views


Posted: June 12, 2020 by Hope Stakes

Living in ‘The Lone Star State’, Texans know better that anyone that “the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.” But it can be tricky to find just the perfect spot for stargazing.

With the quarantine providing us more free time than ever, stargazing offers the perfect relief to the boredom we’re feeling. With the goal of helping your summer shine a little brighter, our team researched the top places in Central Texas with magnificent views of the night sky.

1)    The Pearl

While some of the restaurants will have closed before the sun goes down, the large patch of grass they are all surrounding remains open to the public. Grab a charcuterie spread at Cured and make it a date-night under the stars, or pop by Café Lorraine to get macaroons with the kids and make it a starlit family outing. It’s a lovely place to spread out a blanket and relax, large enough to leave six feet of distance between you and your stargazing neighbors.

Sadly, events at the Pearl are cancelled for the foreseeable future, so though their Yoga Under the Stars event that Nomadic Yoga put on at Pearl Park cannot currently be experienced in-person, you are able to participate from the comfort of your own back yard with their online version.

 
Photo Credit: Melinda Gonzalez of Nomadic Yoga

2)    Fort McKavett Historic Site

This one is for all of the history buffs out there. It’s perfect as a daytrip and evening outing all in one; I’m sure we can agree the more time killed, the better. While the sun is still up, you can tour the historic fort and learn something new about good old San Anton’ and its history. When the sun sets, pull out your favorite quilt and gaze at the clearest night sky you have ever seen. All in all, this trip to Fort McKavett is definitely one for the bucket list (and a potential subject for your kid’s next history paper). Capacity is limited due to the recent pandemic, so make sure to secure your spot early. Details can be found at https://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/fort-mckavett-state-historic-site.

Photo Credit: Jason Weingart

3)    Eagle Eye Observatory at Canyon of the Eagles

If you’re looking for an astronomical education, this is the one for you. Stocked with a high-tech telescope and an actual astronomer to go with it, you’ll walk out of the Eagle Eye Observatory having learned tons of new facts. Like many other places though, the facility has recently had to limit the occupancy of the observatory, so now the EEO is limited to private viewing only. Make sure to call and book your viewing ahead of time, and you’ll be good to go! Details about the observatory may be found at https://canyonoftheeagles.com/eagle-eye-observatory.

 
Photo by Jim Sheets

4)    Government Canyon State Natural Area and Blanco State Park

Many state parks are opening again, and these are just a few options for our area. This the ideal weekend getaway for those of you going a little stir crazy and ready to be one with nature. After a day of outdoor adventures, unwind while you soak up a sky full of stars completely absent of light pollution. Day passes and camping reservations arranged in advance are required for these state parks and many others, so make sure to plan accordingly. Visit their website for reservation details.

 

These are just a few of the many beautiful spots we’ve discovered in our explorations in and around San Antonio. Make new summer memories with your loved ones at any of these fantastic destinations!

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