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Best places to star gaze around San Antonio in the summer

Grab your lantern and camera for an out-of-this-world adventure.

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See the stars when the night is clear in the Hill Country.

Photo by Nicholas Caballero, SATXtoday team

As we get closer to summer, you’ll start to notice clearer nights around the Alamo City. If you have a love for the cosmos, or like to shoot astrophotography, this guide will help you find the best spots around the 210 for your intergalactic viewing needs.

When is the best time to see the Milky Way?

According NASA, the best time to see the Milky Way — and our cosmic neighbors Mars and Venus — is the month of July. Specifically on nights when there’s a new moon (the side of the moon that is covered in shadow).

Where can I go?

Unfortunately, San Antonio emits too much light pollution (excessive artificial light caused from street lamps, buildings, etc.) so stargazers need to travel outward into the Hill Country for the best view. Here’s where we recommend you make camp:

Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Rd.
Entrance fee: Children 12 and under get free admission, adult admission is $6.

Blanco State Park, 101 Park Rd. 23
Campsite fee: Starting at $20.
Entrance fee: Children 12 and under get free admission, adult admission is $5.

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Be safe when traveling late at night and bring a tripod for those long exposures.

Photo by Nicholas Caballero, SATXtoday team

Choke Canyon State Park, 358 Recreation Rd. 8
Campsite fee: Starting at $12.
Entrance fee: Free admission for children 12 and under, adult admission is $5.

White Cap Beach, 14618 S. Padre Island Dr.
Parking permit: $12, and is good for the whole year.

Beginner photography tip: Bring your camera + tripod on a clear night and set your camera to a long exposure, you’ll thank us later.

Watching the stars in the fall? Check out our guide.

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