Please consider this your personal invitation to our twenty second
annual international star party. For twenty-two years the St.
Petersburg Astronomy Club has hosted The Orange Blossom Special
Star Party for all those who enjoy getting together to socialize
and learn about the night sky, new astronomical equipment, and
This year, the annual event will again take advantages of the many
amenities of Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City, Florida. The
park offers a 30+ acre activity field for camping and viewing with
limited electric and water hookups. An RV Camping area is located
just off of the field with full bath rooms. There is plenty of
room to roam, a 1.7 mile paved multi-purpose trail, 13 miles of
hiking trails, a 40 foot observation tower, 3 wooden boardwalks, 2
playground areas for the kids, and river access for canoeing.
Fishing is permitted by boat or along the riverbank. The agenda
for the star party, along with deep sky and solar observing,
includes: lectures, mirror grinding demonstrations, our ever
popular telescope tour, a group hike on the park trail, a Hee Haw
Hayride, great door prizes and much more. We will have an on-site
food vendor, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all with other
astronomy equipment vendors. , Our star party is pet friendly so
your best friend is welcome. However, pets must display their
current rabies tag/license and have direct adult supervision at
The star party will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd at 9:00 AM and
will end Sunday, March 6th, at noon. You must register on-line.
Registration begins on October 1st and will remain open through
February 24th. Please note that late fees will be added to all
registrations received after February 3, 2016.
Directions to Withlacoochee River Park
The registration fees this year are as follows:
2 or More Nights/Days
Single adult - $60.00 Adult with Spouse - $100.00
Youth (7-17) - $10.00 Children under 7 - Free
Single adult - $30.00 Adult with Spouse - $50.00
Youth (7-17) - $ 5.00 Children under 7 - Free
Cancellations received prior to February 3rd will receive a full
refund less $10 processing fee. No refund can be issued after that
Registration is Now Open.