With the month-long Delta Aquarid meteor shower on its way, the skies will soon be full of shooting stars. But there's a catch: you can't spot a meteor just anywhere. This list reveals the six best places to watch the meteor shower in Florida that will give you the greatest chance of witnessing this stunning astronomical event.
Every year, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower dazzles skies from late July to mid-August. Peak shower activity will occur on July 28 and July 29. There will be about a dozen enchanting shooting stars per hour on these two days, streaking across the night sky.
There's a certain amount of luck at play when looking for shooting stars, but there are a few things you can do to increase your odds of glimpsing them. First, take note of the day and time the shower peaks, then scout a location near you with the least light pollution.
There are several naturally dark places across Florida you can visit. Kissimmee Praire Preserve State Park, Everglades National Park, Cedar Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Kirby Storter Roadside Park, and Bahia Honda State Park are out-of-this-world spots for stargazing.
Take a peek at these magical places, and you'll be spacing out all summer in the Sunshine State.
Bahia Honda State Park
Price: $8 per vehicle
Address: 36850 Overseas Hgwy., Big Pine Key, FL
Why You Need To Go: You're in for some seriously dreamy Milky Way moments at this Florida key. Although famous for its snorkeling, this spot offers an incredible view of the night sky.
Kirby Storter Roadside Park
Price: Free entry
Address: 48900 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, FL
Why You Need To Go: Spy a shooting star at this picturesque park that features an easy one-mile boardwalk trail. Far from any light pollution, the comets and stars overhead shine brightly through the dark.
Price: Free entry
Address: Cedar Key, FL
Why You Need To Go: You can visit this little island and glimpse a sea of stars. You can book overnight lodging for a rare look at the heavens with no big cities nearby.
Kissimmee Praire Preserve State Park
Price: $4 per vehicle
Address: 33104 N.W. 192nd Ave., Okeechobee, FL
Everglades National Park
Price: $30 per vehicle
Address: 40001 State Rd. 9336, Homestead, FL
Why You Need To Go: What better place to see a comet than in the exotic and mysterious Florida Everglades? Go on a night tour of this one-of-a-kind park for an amazing celestial experience.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Price: $15 per person
Address: 40001 SR-9336, Homestead, FL
Why You Need To Go: This ethereal spot is pitch black at night, so you can see a river of stardust and meteors much more vividly than usual. Put this spot on your astronomy bucket list.
These breathtaking comets will make you feel like you're one with the universe. Pay close attention, because before you know it, they're gone. Quick — make a wish!
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