The key to a successful getaway is balancing exploration and relaxation. You want to explore this amazing new place but also take time for yourself to rest your body and mind. When you’re visiting a place as incredible as the Pocono Mountains, it can be hard to find time to relax between your adventures! Stargazing in Pennsylvania the remedy! Spend your days exploring the mountains and visiting local hot spots. Then, spend the evenings enjoying the night sky views from astronomy observation fields, state parks/forests, and even our Pocono lodging. You’ll be amazed at what you can see with such little light pollution! Find recommendations on how to fill your days with our free Vacation Guide!
Top Venues for Stargazing in Pennsylvania
Astronomical Society of Harrisburg
The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg is a non-profit organization that educates the public on astronomy through classes, memberships, and public viewing. If you’re visiting the area and don’t have time to take a six-week class, we recommend the next best thing— attend one of their public observing hours. Harrisburg is on the route from Baltimore to the Poconos, so it’s a great option if you want to stay the night and split up the road trip!
These dates are determined on a yearly basis, although they’re subject to cancelation due to inclement weather. This ultimate stargazing experience is free and you’re able to use their state-of-the-art telescopes to see the stars, planets, galaxies, and more like never before! Reference the calendar to see what’s in the sky during your trip!
Cherry Springs State Park in the Susquehannock State Forest
There are many things about Cherry Springs State Park that make it an amazing place for stargazing in Pennsylvania. Most notably, it’s the sole International Dark Sky Park in the entire state. Dark Sky Parks are “… land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.”
Have the ultimate stargazing experience here! Gaze in awe at the darkest skies in the entire state from the Night Sky Public Viewing Area. Or, summertime visitors can attend the annual Cherry Springs Star Party. Be sure to track this event closely, though, as tickets sell out quickly! Can’t get enough nature? Check out other Pocono state parks!
Don’t Miss Out on the Sky Views at Mountaintop Lodge
No matter what setting you choose to go stargazing in Pennsylvania, you won’t be disappointed! Our quiet location at Lake Naomi is the perfect place to continue your stargazing experience. Simply step outside of your Pocono lodging and gaze up at the dark skies.
Cozy up in our Knotty Pines Cabin Suite after a night of stargazing. Enjoy a rustic, mountaintop feel without compromising of comfortable amenities. This cabin has a queen-size bed fitted with luxury linens, overstuffed pillows, a two-person whirlpool tub, a private bathroom, and so much more.