Look up at the universe this summer in Florida. If you're in need of a little magic, take a spontaneous road trip from Miami to Everglades National Park for an enchanting glimpse of the galaxy. Each evening, this one-of-a-kind park is drenched in a deep darkness that makes even stardust visible. This spot is open 24 hours a day, so head there at night to see the Milky Way shining overhead.  

Everglades National Park is only about a 40-minute drive from downtown Miami. This quick trip will cure your indoor blues by reconnecting you with nature. This sweeping landscape offers picturesque views of the tropical terrain and even the galaxy.

Open all day, seven days a week, you can explore this scenic park in the warm sunshine as well as the starry darkness. Before visiting the Everglades at night, you should check out the National Park Service safety information page

You can head to the park just before sunset for day-to-night views. There are several boardwalk trails for you to wander that will immerse you in this wild overgrown world. While you walk, scout out a good place for stargazing.

The moon and stars are exceptionally bright in the Everglades. Best of all, you can view the Milky Way with the naked eye at the park. Although it won't be as vivid as through a camera lens, it's a breathtaking experience. Let your eyes adjust to the intense darkness before you begin your search. 

Bring a blanket, pillow, and binoculars and set up a cozy stargazing spot. Once your eyes are accustomed, face the south to see the galaxy.

Look closely to spot a subtle stretch of stars and dust, and watch as it climbs higher in the sky. This incredible experience is made possible by the lack of light pollution in the area. 

Follow your moonchild dreams and head to the Everglades for an unforgettable night below the heavens. If you belong among the stars, then put this park on your Florida bucket list. 

Everglades National Park 

Price: $30 per vehicle

Address: 40001 State Rd. 9336, Homestead, FL 

Why You Need To Go: This Florida park is dark enough for galaxy viewing, and seeing the Milky Way is something you'll never forget. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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