Destinations for astronomical tourism, or astrotourism, are growing in popularity. The beauty of this outdoor activity is that it can be done anywhere with a clear night sky. People don’t have to look far for this adventure as more resorts are offering experiences.
The Hillsboro Beach Resort in South Florida is on a private beach away from high-traffic areas, which makes it perfect for stargazing. Located north of Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic side of the state, its newest offering allows you to use a Zhumell telescope, a recommended brand of telescope that is made for beginners, to check out the night sky.
Guests can meet with the “Constellation Concierge” to get a sky map to guide them in locating constellations they can view from the resort’s beach. Itineraries with suggestions of things to do at and around Hillsboro are available and crafted to guests’ zodiac signs. Afterward, head outside with blankets to gaze at the stars right from the sand.
Astrotourism Around The World
Astrotourism takes travelers to places where dark skies at night are free from artificial light pollution. Less light pollution means you’re able to see more stars. The International Dark-Sky Association, a non-profit based in Arizona, locates dark sky preserves where you can see planets and stars more clearly and works toward protecting the night sky through outreach, education, and public policy. There are more than 60 Dark Sky Parks identified by this association in the United States and across the world in countries like Germany, Spain, Ireland, England, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Israel, and South Korea.
There are also plenty of locations within the National Park System that offer night sky programs, from telescope astronomy events to full moon walks with rangers. Parks like Big Bend National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park are certified by the International Dark-Sky Association as dark sky destinations.
You can find other popular destinations for stargazing here:
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- 10 Amazing Stargazing Events To Put On Your 2022 Calendar