Whether you were one of those kids who grew up obsessed with rocket ships and aliens, or just fancy yourself a casual stargazer today, looking up at the night sky is always an otherworldly experience. It gets extra exciting when you have the right equipment to really explore the stars with, and at this place to stargaze in Mississippi, you can get breathtaking views of the sky and space. You can even camp out overnight for a full celestial experience.

The Rainwater Observatory in French Camp has been giving curious earthbound humans glimpses of the heavens since 1985. It had humble beginnings with just a single 16-foot telescope, today it's the largest observatory in the state with over 25 telescopes for you to scope out the sky.

The building sits far from the polluting lights of the city, offering unobstructed views of the stars. As one of the only dark pockets left in the southeast, you know you’ll be getting an experience you won’t find almost anywhere else.

The observatory offers both day and night viewings, and you can even camp under the galaxy overnight at $10 for a traditional tent, or $15 for an airconditioned bunkhouse.

Bring your boo and suddenly you have a romantic stargazing getaway for two.

You can catch different astronomy presentations, telescope viewing events, and planetarium shows throughout the year at the observatory as well.

There are even some super cool outdoor exhibits to check out, like solar system scale models and exhibits showcasing the solstice-equinox alignment.

Explore the sky and space like you never have before at the Rainwater Observatory, and camp under a kaleidoscope of twinkling stars.

Rainwater Observatory

Price: $12 day admission, $10 - $15 overnight

Address: 6810 Highway 413 French Camp, MS

Why You Need To Go: Immerse yourself in deep space with breathtaking views of the stars and planets at this observatory! Camp overnight and sleep under the galaxy.


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