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Welcome to the Dark Side of State Parks

🎉 Cavern tour, eclipse viewing, bat flight, and stargazing- experience darkness like you never have before at Kickapoo Cavern State Park! Watch the eclipse from the bat deck, maybe we will get to see some confused bats exiting midday!

State Parks Centennial logo7 am:  Begin the day with the sunrise return of the bats! Watch the early rising raptors swoop and dive as they hunt for breakfast. 

1 pm: Cavern tour with a ranger- reservations required! (Follow reservation link below.) 

4 pm: Experience the solar eclipse from Kickapoo Caverns State Park, where you'll be in the middle of the shadow! Blackout will occur at 11:51 am, when the "ring of fire" will be visible. 

7:15 pm: Watching the evening bat flight at state parks is not to be missed! This site is one of the best places for public viewing.

9 pm: Join volunteer astronomers for a Stargazing Party! Take advantage of their expertise and equipment to spark your own interest in astronomy. Become part of the 15% of the population to appreciate the brilliance of the Milky Way!Kickapoo Cavern

*Limited day passes available. Advance reservations highly recommended* 

This is one of many 100-year celebration events happening in Texas state parks this year. Entry to a park is free on the day it hosts an official 100-Year celebration event (applies to day passes only). Guarantee entry by reserving your free day passes up to one month before this special event.