Did you know one of the three largest planetariums in Texas is located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington? It’s true. I’ve been taking my kids there for years. The UTA Planetarium hosts public shows and events, but can also be reserved for private parties as well. The Planetarium seats nearly 150 and you can expect your visit to last about an hour. Visit the website to see what shows are currently playing.
Whether you want a detailed look at the Texas night sky, or a journey to the solar system’s most exciting places, you’ll find it at the Noble Planetarium. The 80 seat Noble Planetarium is housed within the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. In addition to the planetarium make sure to visit the permanent collection on the gallery next door where you can see a replica of NASA’s original Manned Maneuvering Unit and exhibit cases featuring meteorites.
4. SKY THEATER
With all the city lights, seeing the night sky from your own backyard can be a challenge. Lucky for you, the Sky Theater @ UNT, located in the Environmental Sciences Building on the University of North Texas campus in Denton, can reproduce tonight’s sky with digital precision. This 100 seat theater presents a variety of both entertaining and educational programs for schools and the general public. Visit the website to see what programs are currently showing.
Sometimes you just need to see those big and bright Texas stars first hand. The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area offers night hikes where you can explore the wonders of the night sky. You’ll drive out to a prairie restoration area to get the best view of the North Texas night sky.