Ultimate Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse

Ohio is gearing up for a truly awe-inspiring celestial event – the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024. On April 8, 2024, people within a 124-mile wide stretch of Ohio will have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse, where the moon fully obscures the sun, creating a breathtaking spectacle in the sky. Even those outside the path of totality can enjoy a partial eclipse.

A total solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that mesmerizes and captivates observers. It is a moment when the day turns into twilight, and the sun’s corona, the outermost layer of the sun’s atmosphere, becomes visible. This celestial event offers a unique chance to experience nature!

Notably, Ohio’s last visible total solar eclipse occurred over 200 years ago in 1806, making this upcoming event even more remarkable.


What You Need: 

To ensure a safe viewing experience, it is crucial to remember that looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse is dangerous. Only observe the eclipse through special-purpose solar filters like eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. The American Astronomical Society provides a list of reputable vendors where you can find these protective tools.

Where to Watch: 

Weekend Long Events:

Total Eclipse of the Parks
April 5-8, 2024
Various Locations
Enjoy an entire weekend of celebrations featuring an eclipse festival, space race 5K/10K, space movie marathon, intergalactic games, and an official watch party.

Solar Eclipse Weekend at IKEA West Chester
April 6-8, 2024
IKEA West Chester | 9500 IKEA Way, West Chester, OH 45069
Pick up a pair of IKEA branded solar eclipse glasses and enjoy activities and events all weekend long, including the grand finale watch party on Monday, April 8th.

Total Eclipse: The Sun and the Planets
April 5-6, 2024 at 7:30PM
Schuster Center | 1 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402
Neal Gittleman leads the Dayton Philharmonic in this celestial musical celebration honoring the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Solar Eclipse Shuffle
April 5, 2024 from 6-9PM
Downtown Troy | 11 N. Market St., Troy, OH
Orbit the dance floor at this fun-filled evening at The Rec in downtown Troy

Solar Eclipse Block Party
April 6, 2024 from 10AM – 10PM
Downtown Tipp City | 6 S 3rd St, Tipp City, OH 45371
Tipp City is hosting a fun, free solar eclipse block party in their beautiful, historic downtown. The streets will be filled with entertainment, children’s activities, shopping, dining, and so much more. Let’s celebrate this cosmic event together!

A Night in the Stars
April 7, 2024 from 4:30-9:30PM
Downtown Troy | 11 N. Market St., Troy, OH
This is one event you won’t want to miss as you spend your evening on the square in downtown Troy, under the stars, jamming to the music. Food, drinks, activities, and fun will keep you smiling all night long as solar eclipse excitement takes over.

Solar Eclipse at Cox Arboretum
April 6, 2024 from 2-4PM
Cox Arboretum | 6733 Springboro Pk., Miamisburg, OH, 45459
Learn about the total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8th and fun ways that your family can safely view and partake in the excitement of the day! Weather Dependent.

Day of Events: 

Total Eclipse Party at Edgewater Sports Park
April 8, 2024 (gates open at 11AM)
Edgewater Sports Park | 4819 E. Miami River Rd. Cleves, OH 45002
Family-friendly fun, live entertainment and drag racing, alongside the mesmerizing eclipse. Feed specials, adult beverages, and primitive camping available all weekend.

Miami Whitewater Forest Total Solar Eclipse
April 8, 2024 from 11AM – 4PM
Miami Whitewater Forest | 9001 Mt. Hope Rd. Harrison, OH 45030
A variety of educational stations, Citizen Science observations, animal encounters, food, and more will be available during and after the totality (darkness) event; currently slated for 3:08PM. A limited supply of certified eclipse glasses (free of charge) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Eclipse Party
April 8, 2024 from 2-4PM
Washington Park | 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
As the total solar eclipse fills the sky, hang out at Washington Park for a phenomenal view and tons of fun activities to get in the celestial spirit! There will be music on-site, some stellar games to play, and the porch will be open serving drinks!

The Great Eclipse in the Sky
April 8, 2024 from 12PM – 5PM
Smale Riverfront Park | West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Come see the solar eclipse at Smale Riverfront Park on Schmidlapp Event Lawn, and then enjoy some music and fun.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party & Mounds, Moon & Stars Exhibition
April 8, 2024 from 9AM – 5PM
Pyramid Hill | 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45013
Experience a total solar eclipse amongst art in nature at a 300+ acre scenic sculpture park. Be sure to also visit the Ancient Sculpture Museum to see the Mounds, Moon & Stars Exhibition (on view from April 6 – July 28, 2024).

Total Solar Eclipse 2024
April 8, 2024 from 11AM-4PM
Miami Whitewater Forest | 9001 Mt. Hope Rd. Harrison, OH 45030
Embark on a celestial journey with the much-anticipated 2024 Total Solar Eclipse! This community-wide gathering is located on the outskirts of Cincinnati at Miami Whitewater Forest – the only Great Park in the path of totality. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or an awe-inspired novice, this event is sure to have something for everyone. 

Liberty Center’s Eclipse Party
April 8. 2024 from 12-4PM
Liberty Center | 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069
Shop, dine, and experience the eclipse at Liberty Center! This family-friendly event will include complimentary eclipse glasses, lunar activities, and astronomical fun.

Party in the Dark: A Solarbration
April 8, 2024 from 12-8PM
Monroe Community Park | 500 S Main St, Monroe, OH 45050
Monroe’s watch party will feature live music, a variety of games, activities for kids, and food trucks. Eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last.

Total Eclipse in the Park
April 8, 2024 from 1:30-3PM
Village Green Park | 301 Wessel Drive Fairfield, OH 45014
Join the City of Fairfield for a celebration in Village Green Park to enjoy themed activities for kids, fun giveaways, and a viewing party.

There Goes the Sun: Eclipse Watch Party
April 8, 2024 from 2-4PM
Forest Run MetroPark | 1810 New London Road, Hamilton OH 45013
Join us for a fun and immersive way to celebrate the solar eclipse. We’ll learn about the science behind the eclipse, enjoy hands-on activities, and of course have a front row seat to this once in a lifetime moment. 

Solar Eclipse Viewing
April 8, 2024 from 1:45 pm – 4 pm
Cincinnati Nature Center | 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
This will be a seated or standing experience (suggested to bring a lawn chair). Enjoy eclipse-related activities.

Planning for Darkness
Experience totality in Middletown! Explore downtown’s local businesses and enjoy solar eclipse themed activities. Solar Eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last.

Solar Eclipse Experience
April 8, 2024 from 7AM till dusk
Garber Nature Center | 9691 OH-503 North Lewisburg, OH 45338
Clear sky viewing area with family activities and food trucks at Garber Nature Center.

Glow in the Park
April 8, 2024 from 12-6PM
Seven Mile Park | 1601 Park Ave, Eaton, OH 45320
Clear sky viewing area with family activities and food trucks at Seven Mile Park.

Eclipse Art with Chris Rowlands at Aullwood Farm
April 8, 2024 from 9AM – 5PM
Aullwood Farm | 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH 45414
Come and enjoy the Great American Eclipse AND an art experience at Aullwood Farm! Aullwood will be opening specially on Monday, April 8, 2024 from 9AM to 5PM so visitors can make a commemorative eclipse art piece with Chris Rowlands, explore the Nature Center and Farm, and see the Thomas Dambo “The Troll that Hatched an Egg” art exhibit.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
April 8, 2024 from 9AM – 5PM
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force | 1100 Spaatz Street Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Experience the Total Solar Eclipse at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force! Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the wide-open views of the sky as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse.

Total Eclipse of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
April 8, 2024 from 1-5PM
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum | 118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, OH 45409
Total Eclipse of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum will be THE viewing event in the area, featuring Dayton Urban BBQ food truck and plenty of space to take in the eclipse.

SunWatch Solar Eclipse
April 8, 2024 9AM – 5PM
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery & SunWatch Village | 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton, OH 45414
What better way to experience this truly incredible event than at one of Dayton’s most unique landmarks?! This exclusive all-day affair will have educational programming throughout the day and the site will only be open to those who have a ticket.

Eclipse on the Square
April 8, 2024 from Noon – 3PM
Downtown Troy | 11 N. Market St., Troy, OH

Get pumped for eclipse viewing in downtown Troy! Party Punch will be performing, and Ranger Vic will be onsite creating balloon art. Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. will have their smoker out so you can get your BBQ fill, and The Rec will have hot dogs, chips, and other concession items for sale.

Solar Eclipse Party in the Park
April 8, 2024 from 1-4PM
West Milton | 249 E Tipp Pike, West Milton, OH
The Solar Eclipse Party in the Park in West Milton is the perfect place to enjoy live music, food, and local shopping while waiting to view the solar eclipse. There will be bounce houses and face painting onsite. Play BINGO with The Lions Club while enjoying the sounds of Mark and Laura Sauers.

Lost Creek Eclipse Experience
April 8, 2024 from 1-5PM
Lost Creek Reserve | 2645 E. St. Rt. 41, Troy, OH
At the Lost Creek Experience, visitors will enjoy abundant open space for viewing, free eclipse glasses (while supplies last), entertainment, educational children’s craft, snacks, and fun.

Eclipse Euphoria at Young’s Jersey Dairy
April 8, 2024 at 2PM
Young’s Jersey Dairy | 6901 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, OH 45387-9610
Pick up waffle cone custom designed Eclipse-Viewing glasses. More information to come!

Eclipse Over Springfield
April 8, 2024 from 2-4PM
National Road Commons Park | 21 Mill Run Pl, Springfield, OH 45502-1100
Join for this rare event over Springfield at National Road Commons Park. The event will include live music, food trucks, and vendor booths with protective glasses for viewing.


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