Me and my wife Nancy drive 5 hours from Philadelphia every August to watch the Perseid meteor shower. This is the only place that I have seen shooting stars with a vapor trail. Sometimes it is cloudy and sometimes the moon can be a distraction. In August 2013 we had perfect conditions. Very few clouds and the moon was gone by 10:30pm. It is extremely dark at night and temperatures tend to plummet. Here we are in August and it is 54 degrees so bring a jacket and long pants. Parking is a bit limited so I recommend getting there before it gets dark as it gets crowded during these meteor showers. The good thing is there is a ton of open space to take a blanket and lay out in the field to watch the stars fall. Or you can sit among the other people on the benches that are there. Also there is a nice little bathroom available which uses red light. The red light is definitely something to experience. Red light flashlights are a must if you want to see where you are walking. There is no fee at the main viewing field. There is also an observation field where you can set up your telescope and it will be protected from the wind making the telescope shake-proof. You can stay there as long as you want and some people set up tents. The roads to get to this park are also dark and there is wildlife everywhere. We almost hit a deer on our last trip and we have seen many porcupines and even saw a raccoon sitting in the middle of the street.
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