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Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a Florida state park recognized by the International Dark Sky Association for its lack of light pollution, Florida’s first state park to be recognized as such. It is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Okeechobee, off US 441. This  preserve of 54,000-acre (22 000 hectares) protects the largest remaining stretch…read more »

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a Florida state park recognized by the International Dark Sky Association for its lack of light pollution, Florida’s first state park to be recognized as such. It is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Okeechobee, off US 441. This  preserve of 54,000-acre (22 000 hectares) protects the largest remaining stretch of Florida dry prairie and is a popular destination for birdwatching and for stargazers due to its wide-open landscape and black skies. There is an astronomy viewing pad near the entrance of the park, as well as overnight astronomy pad campsites. Note that the entrance closes 15 minutes after sunset. A reader of SkyEarth describes this place as: “Zero light pollution. Campsites available specifically for stargazing. Clear horizons. Very scenic, very remote.”

Deborah Byrd