On the remote reaches of Florida’s northern Gulf coast, there lies a tiny island that will transport you to the stars. Or at least it’ll feel like it since its sandy shores are so far removed from light pollution, it feels like you're looking through a window into the Milky Way. If you’re keen on adventuring past the regular Florida comforts into something a bit more far-reaching, St. George Island State Park will definitely provide an incredible view of the night sky for your travels.

The barrier island of St. George holds miles of undeveloped beach, perfect for year-round fishing, sunsets, and general beach bum shenanigans. But it’s at night when this island really shines, with the chance to see stars, planets, and brilliant celestial bodies.

The staff is even working towards making the island a designated Dark Sky Park with the International Dark Sky Association, just like central Florida's Kissimmee Prairie Preserve.

While the park closes at dusk, there are several ways you can stick around once night falls to appreciate the otherworldly beauty.

You can reserve a campsite, which is $24 for either a regular tent or an RV. You can also buy a Florida State Parks Family Annual Pass, which allows you to apply for an after-hours permit.

Admission to the park is just $6 per vehicle, where you’ll get to enjoy sugary white sand beaches, crystal blue water, and potentially even catch glimpses of dolphins and other wildlife.

There are plenty of good trails to check out here too, hiking through pine forests and lush undergrowth.

The untouched shores are a great place for shell hunting, and during the summer months, you’ll even see nesting sea turtles.

St. George Island is truly a hidden gem you can enjoy day and night!

St. George Island State Park

Price: $6

Address: 1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island, FL

Why You Need To Go: This secluded island is beautiful during the day, but even more stunning at night with amazing views of the starry sky.



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 and obey any local laws.


 

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