Eclipse of the Canalway: April 8, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the population within the narrow path stretching from Mexico to Maine (referred to as the "path of totality") will experience a total eclipse of the sun. During a total solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow as it moves between the Earth and the sun, creating a few minutes of fascinating darkness. During totality, the sky becomes dark and some bright stars and planets will appear, and wildlife will even behave as if the sun is setting for the day. The last time a solar eclipse darkened Ohio was in 1806, and the next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099.

The moon will appear to touch the edge of the sun at 1:59 p.m., beginning the eclipse. The totality will happen just seconds before 3:15 p.m. and will last about 3 minutes and 40 seconds, depending on where you are located in the eclipse path. The moon will have passed the sun, completing the eclipse, by 4:29 p.m.

If you're a Northeast Ohio resident, you've got a front row seat to the Solar Eclipse right in your backyard! If you're visiting from out of the area, consider checking out these viewing areas and FREE programs across the Ohio & Erie Canalway that are within the path of totality. Plan to arrive for your Solar Eclipse trip over the weekend, and plan to stay awhile and see all of what the Ohio & Erie Canalway has to offer this spring. 

Cuyahoga County

Total Eclipse Festival

Join Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Research from April 6-8 for the Total Eclipse Fest 2024, a three-day celestial celebration in downtown Cleveland. The outdoor, family-friendly event will feature hands-on science activities, a free community concert performance by The Cleveland Orchestra on Sunday, April 7, food vendors, entertainment and free eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last, first-come, first-served). 

For more information, visit their website



Students wear protective solar glasses to view eclipse in front of Great Lakes Science Center
Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Science Center.
The public enjoying a sunny day at Wade Oval Park in Cleveland
Photo courtesy of University Circle, Inc.

Total on the Oval

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and University Circle are joining forces to host a community watch party for the 2024 total solar eclipse. Enjoy live music, hands-on activities, and viewing the eclipse onsite from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit their website.



Cleveland Metroparks 

Head to any of the Cleveland Metroparks for a great viewing spot for the Solar Eclipse!

For more information, visit their website.



Cleveland Metroparks poster for the April 8th 2024 solar eclipse
Graphic courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Boston Mill Visitor Center Peninsula, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Photo courtesy of the Record Courier.

Conservancy for CVNP

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park plans to operate several of their facilities on the day of the eclipse, including Boston Store, Trail Mix Peninsula, and the Boston Mill Visitor Center. 

For more information about Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Solar Eclipse planning in the park, please visit their website



Summit County

Cascade Locks Park Association

Visit the Mustill Store Museum between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for activities and a solar eclipse viewing party. Solar glasses will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. 

For more information, visit their Facebook page



Mustill Store Grocery Store Akron Ohio
Graphic courtesy of Miles 2 Go.
Photo courtesy of the Columbus Navigator.

Summit Metro Parks 

Visit any Summit Metro Parks location for a great view of the solar eclipse! Visitors who intend to make a stop in Summit Metro Parks on eclipse day are encouraged to choose one of the larger parks (listed below) with greater parking capacity.

  • Goodyear Heights Metro Park
  • Firestone Metro Park
  • Liberty Park 
  • Munroe Falls Metro Park
  • Furnace Run Metro Park 

For more information on Summit Metro Parks and park regulations, visit their website



Stark County

Towpath to Totality with Stark Parks

Join Canal Fulton and Stark Parks at St. Helena Heritage Park, a Towpath Trail Trailhead, to safely watch the solar eclipse with viewing glasses provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Various eclipse-themed activities will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, visit their website



Towpath to Totality graphic
Graphic courtesy of Stark Parks.
Photo courtesy of Visit Canton.

Downtown Canton Solar Eclipse Party 

Join the Downtown Canton Partnership for a Solar Eclipse viewing party on Canton's Centennial Plaza from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eclipse glasses will be provided, while supplies last. 

For updated information, visit their event page



It’s never safe to look directly at the sun. Directly looking at the sun with your bare eyes, or through a camera lens, binoculars, or telescope, can cause instant damage to your eyes. It’s important to know that eclipse glasses are NOT sunglasses. Even when wearing eclipse glasses, you should not look at the eclipse through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope as these need different types of solar filters to protect your eyes.  When the moon completely blocks the visible surface of the sun, viewers can remove their eclipse glasses. 

Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Purchase eclipse glasses with special-purpose solar filters at these locations:

Posted: March 01, 2024

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