These Stargazing Spots Offer Incredible Views in Delaware

Whether you're a beginner astronomer or just enjoying the view, these stargazing sites in Delaware are the perfect place to take in the night sky.

While the First State may be small, it’s also densely populated. Generally, people assume that means there aren’t great places to escape the light pollution and gaze up at the night sky. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even with highly populated areas, Delaware is home to plenty of great stargazing spots! If you love a clear night sky, here are some places to go stargazing in Delaware.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Book a campsite for a night at Cape Henlopen State Park to see some of the darkest skies over Delaware. Cape Henlopen is perfect for stargazing. If you look up from the sandy beaches, you’ll be met with an array of twinkling stars. With the sound of the ocean as your backdrop, this is a perfect stargazing location.

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes

 

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Blackbird State Forest

Blackbird State Forest has some of the most secluded campsites in Delaware. People take to these woods to unplug, set up camp at one of the five primitive campsites and escape the hustle and bustle for a night. Sounds to us like the perfect place for stargazing! With over 40 miles of trails, you can enjoy an escape from light pollution and dive into the world of stars and planets.

502 Blackbird Forest Road, Smyrna

 

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Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond is home to a high diversity of plants and wildlife, including the northernmost naturally occurring Baldcypress trees. But that’s not all the park has going for it. It’s also a great place to watch the stars! We recommend setting up camp on the water and enjoying the views all night long. Trap Pond State Park is the darkest site in Delaware with a Sky Quality Meter reading of 20.8-21, making it the perfect site for casual stargazers or even hobby astronomers.

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33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel

 

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Mt. Cuba Observatory

The Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory holds public night events, as well as family-friendly and children’s programming. These events not only give you the chance to learn about astronomy through interactive lectures, but also an opportunity to view the planets, moon and more through the observatory telescope. Check out the online calendar for upcoming events.

1610 Hillside Mill Road, Wilmington

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Woodside Farm Creamery

Did you know this repeat Best of Delaware-winning ice cream shop also holds stargazing nights? Its scheduled telescope viewing nights are fun for the whole family. Plus, you don’t need to look through the telescope to enjoy the beautiful night sky over the farm with like-minded stargazers. The Delaware Astronomical Society partners with the creamery for these events throughout the summer. The next stargazing event is Friday, July 28. For more, check out the online events calendar.

1310 Little Baltimore Road, Hockessin

 

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