There is truly no place like the Adirondacks to experience the Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. For a totally tantalizing time, set your sights toward the “Path of Totality” which includes various venues within the Adirondacks region, from Olympic Legacy Sites to outdoor recreation centers soaring above the treeline to crystal-clear lakes enveloped by the 46 High Peaks. Check out this curated list of destination-worthy sites that offer ideal vantage points for the rare astronomical event.
For a gold-standard Eclipse vantage point, what better venue than an Olympic Legacy site? "Glow for the Gold" in Lake Placid, home to four distinct Olympic sites used in the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympics. You can be one of the lucky stars to spot the Solar Eclipse, for free, from historic venues including: the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval at the Olympic Center and Whiteface Mountain. Events will include eclipse sunglasses, glow sticks, music, and more fun!
Get a glimpse of "Totality in Tupper" at the 115-acre Wild Center in the Adirondacks. This free community event will feature: free solar viewing glasses, telescope and binocular view stations, make your own pinhole viewers, XL Solar viewing glasses, livestream of NASA coverage, special programming in Planet Adirondack, live creature features that focus on how the sun affects animals' lives, circadian rhythms, and yearly behavior, solar-powered maple tastings, tours, tapping demos, special themed foods, food trucks, New Forest Music composition, live glass-blowing demonstration from reps from the Corning Museum of Glass, live community mural creation, solar-powered silent disco with live DJ, and opportunities to get commemorative eclipse tattoos from hand poke tattoo artist Jane Romm.
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Tupper Lake is in the heart of totality for the Solar Eclipse, with a whopping 3 minutes and 35 seconds of totality. It is “Eclipse Central” for those wanting to experience a festival-like environment before, during, and after the eclipse. Join the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory as they host "Totality in Tupper," featuring numerous family-oriented activities including: a 36’ mega-screen that will provide numerous multimedia experiences, live music, food, NASA live streaming, guest speakers, demonstrations, crafts, and more! The L.P. Quinn Elementary School will be the home of the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory's free public viewing event and they'll also host astronomers and astrophotographers at its roll-off roof observatory (reservations are required).
The VIC's 25 miles of trails, including six miles of interpretive nature trails, showcase the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and provide unparalleled opportunities to view, hear, photograph, and enjoy nature– and the Eclipse! Make memories here on April 8th as you connect with nature, astronomy and weave through woodland and marshland, by ponds, brooks, and bogs. Hold tight for exciting Eclipse events hosted on campus at Paul Smith’s College!
Downtown Saranac Lake is where the village’s cool Adirondack appeal is on full display! Head downtown on April 8, 2024 for "Saranac Lake Solar Fest" where there will be live music, art exhibitions, food and drinks, and a supreme vantage point to view the eclipse surrounded by scenic mountains and lakes. The Village will use Main Street for the community wide viewing party, and while you’re strolling down Main Street you’ll also have access to countless shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. Additional viewing points downtown include: Hotel Saranac Terrace, Saranac Waterfront Lodge’s waterfront yard, Riverside Park extending to Riverfront Park, and Berkley Green.
Various Fields in Lake Placid
Lake Placid is an idyllic escape in its own right, and happens to also be in the path of totality! The sparkling Mirror Lake beckons from behind the downtown buildings, loons float alongside paddlers, and standing on the lake’s shore reveals stunning panoramic views of the High Peaks. Pack a picnic and settle in at Mid’s Park, a grassy area along the shore with Adirondack chairs and a pavilion, where there will be live music and activities throughout the day. Additional activities will be held at nearby John Brown Farm, and Marcy Field. The Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds and North Elba Athletic Fields are also fantastic wide open viewing areas to catch the Eclipse.
Nestled along the picturesque northwestern shore of Lake Champlain, Point Au Roche State Park is an ideal destination for viewing the Solar Eclipse. This stunning location perfectly aligns with the path of totality, and the combination of its protected beach area, expansive open shorelines, and diverse network of walking and hiking trails makes it an exceptional setting for observing celestial phenomena.
Touted as the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks”, Ausable Chasm makes for an extraordinary place to view the Eclipse along any of their five miles of well-maintained hiking trails. As you walk along you’ll reach multiple scenic vistas that provide different perspectives of the natural beauty of Ausable Chasm, while interpretive signage describes the native flora, wildlife, and geologic history. Immerse yourself in geological and astronomical splendor, all in the same spot! Spend the morning hiking and then head over to the dedicated viewing area named "Solar Flats" to witness this extraordinary event. Tickets cost $19.95 and include custom solar eclipse viewing glasses and a keepsake magnet.
You can also view the Eclipse at these sites:
Cadyville Recreation Park
City of Plattsburgh Beach
Arrowhead Park - Inlet
Mt Sabattis Recreation Area
Makomis Fire Tower / Sacandaga River Community Park
Crown Point State Historic Site
Jay Village Green
Powerhouse Park - Port Henry Public Beach
“The Grove” municipal park
Crown Point State Historic Site
Town of Ticonderoga
Frontier Town Gateway
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