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PARK AFTER DARK: Moonwalk & Stargazing Party

Join us for a moonlit hike and telescope observation!


Tuesday, October 24, 2023


2:00pm - 4:00pm


Lemon Hill Mansion
Lemon Hill Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Join us for a guided moonwalk ahead of the appearance of October’s full moon. According to the Farmers Almanac, October’s moon is called the “Hunter’s Moon” because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for the cold winter ahead. Native American tribes refer to it as the “Rice Drying Moon”, “Falling Leaves Moon”, or “Migration Moon” signifying the transition between seasons for all animals.

First, we’ll use the moonlight to guide us on a short hike on the Lemon Hill Rim Trail, appreciating nature lit by the glowing moon. Next we’ll turn our attention to the moon itself by ending the hike with a guided moon and planet observation. Novice and experienced astronomers alike will be given insights and tips by experienced instructor Buddy Muhler. Each attendee will have the chance to travel close up to the moon’s surface by looking through Buddy’s high-powered telescope! Buddy will discuss the lunar cycles, point out interesting visible surface features such as dark gray mares (seas) and white reflective highlands. We’ll gaze at planets and discuss other astronomical wonders of the night sky.

If you’re a lunar lunatic, this is an evening not to miss!

Estimated distance: 2 miles
Level: easy to moderate
Terrain: combination of flat open parkland and hilly trails

IMPORTANT: This is a night hike and after a short intro talk, we will leave promptly. Please arrive at the departure location at scheduled time.  We cannot guarantee latecomers will be able join after the group has departed.

TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $10, $15, or $20
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]


  • This hike is roughly two miles in length over a combination of open parkland and hilly terrain (easy-moderate exertion).
  • Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 6 & up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or high powered binoculars.
  • Please dress according to weather conditions and wear sturdy walking / hiking footwear.
  • Please bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park).
  • Friendly dogs on leash are welcome.
  • We will use moonlight whenever possible, but for portions of the trail, we recommend bringing flashlight, headlamp, or fully charged smartphone.
  • There are bathrooms available at the beginning and end of the hike (porta-potties).

PARKING: There is plenty of free parking available in the park. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car!

GUIDE BIO: Buddy Muhler is a passionate astronomer and science educator. He has over 15 years experience operating telescopes and educating the public on astronomy, first at The Franklin Institute and now in his current position with The Academy of Natural Sciences.

In case of inclement weather or cloudy conditions, the event will be will be RESCHEDULED two days later on THURSDAY (same time). If conditions persist, event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.