Located on a barrier island on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park is tucked away from major city lights. Minimal light pollution affords breathtaking opportunities to witness a truly dark sky. Offering the best viewing of the night sky in the region, park staff are working towards a designation as a Dark Sky Park with the International Dark Sky Association.
Star gazers have the chance to see stars, planets and other celestial bodies in incomprehensible numbers and unforgettable brilliance. Jupiter and Saturn are both clearly visible in the night sky. You may be able to witness the International Space Station making its orbit around Earth, or witness the wispy white and purple glow of the Milky Way rising over the white sand dunes.
All Florida State Parks close at sunset, however we offer several ways to gain after-hours access to the park to enjoy the dark skies:
If you are a Florida State Parks Family Annual Pass holder interested in gaining access to the preserve after sunset, please come into the office during our regular office hours and sign up for an after-hours permit, which would grant you access to the park's common day use areas after hours.
Please note that the entrance is closed daily 15 minutes after sunset, only registered campers or after hours pass holders are allowed entry after dark.