Has your pint-sizer been bitten by the star-gazing bug? There’s just something magical about stars. Sure, there’s a ton of science to be shared about the constellations, but it’s wrapped in mysticism, possibility and infinite wonder. There’s a reason why the cosmos have inspired as many VanGoghs as Einsteins throughout the ages… and our kids.

Lucky for us, we have a few fabulous spots to stargaze right in our backyard. Of course, because of light pollution, your viewing will be better the further you venture from the city.

Here are the best places for star gazing in Baltimore:

Maryland Science Center Stargazing Fridays
Head to the harbor every Friday night for a free stargazing edventure with the Maryland Science Center Observatory! See the Moon, planets, and stars through their historic and now computer controlled Alvan Clark & Sons 8″ refracting telescope. The Observatory is open to the public every Friday from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, weather permitting. Friday admission to the Observatory is free (does not include access to the Museum). During the month of September only stargazing will be on Saturday nights from 7:00-10:30 pm.

University of Maryland Observatory
The University of Maryland Observatory on the College Park campus is a teaching and research facility. They have set aside certain times for the public to visit. At other times, they hold college classes and do research. Visiting is a little tricky because they are on the UMCP campus and don’t have a street address. They do, however, have an entire webpage dedicated to helping visitors track them. {Pun intended.}

Harford Community College Observatory
Located on Thomas Run Road across from the HCC campus, the Harford Community College Observatory provides the community with state-of-the-art astronomical equipment.
The Harford County Astronomical Society holds open-house viewings on the third Saturday of each month, weather permitting.

Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont is far enough away from the city haze to offer some amazing views! {Added bonus, go early and hike the Falls!}. The Westminster Astronomical Society holds monthly public events here from 3 PM – 11 PM.

Alpha Ridge Park
Alpha Ridge Park is a 72 acre park in Marriottsville and home to the Howard Astronomical League monthly public star gazing parties. Aside, it also has a small inline hockey rink and two playgrounds.