As the song goes, "the stars at night are big and bright" deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg offers night sky enthusiasts one of the best places to stargaze in Texas.
From low levels of light pollution to wide open spaces, the stars really do look bigger and brighter in Fredericksburg. The area's dark skies will be on full display during the next total eclipse as the 2024 eclipse path runs just outside of Fredericksburg.
Just outside of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has for centuries been a place to watch the heavens. It is an International Dark Sky Park that regularly holds stargazing events and welcomes astronomy photographers from around the world.
East of Fredericksburg, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park became the area's second International Dark Sky Park in 2021. The park offers astronomy-based interpretive programming regularly.
2023 eclipse - annular solar eclipse
Fredericksburg will be home to an Annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023. The partial coverage will begin at 10:23 a.m. and continue until 1:31 p.m. with full coverage from 11:51 a.m. to 11:54 a.m.
Countdown to 2023 Annularity in Fredericksburg
2024 eclipse - total solar eclipse
Fredericksburg will welcome visitors from around the world for the next total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024 as the path of totality runs directly over the Texas Hill Country.
Countdown to 2024 Totality in Fredericksburg
What time of day is the Eclipse 2024 in Fredericksburg?
On April 8, 2024, the eclipse will take place from 12:15 to 2:56 p.m. CT, while the total eclipse will be visible from 1:32 p.m. to 1:37 p.m. in Fredericksburg.
Where is the best place in Fredericksburg to watch the 2024 Eclipse?
Fredericksburg has a multitude of areas to watch the eclipse including at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, wineries, parks and event venues.
Can I book a place to stay in Fredericksburg for the 2024 Eclipse?
Most of Fredericksburg's hotels, vacation rentals and inns are not accepting reservations yet for 2024.
Why should I come to Fredericksburg for the 2024 Eclipse?
Fredericksburg is routinely ranked as one of the top small towns in the United States, so it is expected that it will be a popular destination for the 2024 eclipse with special events, a variety of places to stay and lots of great restaurants.
city of Fredericksburg initiatives
In 2020, Fredericksburg became a Dark Sky Community and is committed to light pollution control.