Solar eclipse 2024

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will drape the Adirondack mountains and upstate New York in darkness! This rare event is an astrophotographer's paradise, and travel-lovers will find that the Adirondacks are an exceptional place, if not the best place in the country, to view the eclipse. The fact that this narrow strip of complete darkness is running through the heart of the Adirondacks is enough to drop what you're doing and check out the events in our region. You'll have to wait another 375 years to view a total solar eclipse here! The Lake Champlain Region, in particular, will be a special place to view the eclipse. Our open spaces and legendary places will make our communities prime locations for viewing the celestial event.

The best places to watch

All around the region, there are parks and outdoor spaces with exceptional views of the sky, and businesses hosting watch parties. Check out the list and map below, as well as the FAQ's, for information on where you can experience the eclipse.

  • Westport - Head to the Town of Westport to enjoy the eclipse! Designated Eclipse Viewing Areas: Westport Golf and Lakeview Campus

  • Essex - Eclipse festival, with Main Street closed off for the watch party. Or watch the Eclipse from Whitcomb's backyard! 

  • Ticonderoga - Three viewing locations include: Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga Recreational Fields & Surrounding Area, and Silver Bay YMCA.

  • Crown Point - Viewing location at Crown Point State Historic Site. 

  • Keeseville - Ausable Chasm is SOLD OUT for the eclipse event. Ausable Brewing Co. is now a ticketed event, please purchase tickets in person this Saturday and Sunday. 

Solar eclipse packages and promotions

  • A full list of packages and promotions happening in the Ticonderoga area can be found here! 

Cell phone usage

The period of totality and for some time afterward will be the peak load for cell towers, as people send and post their eclipse videos and photos.

How to be prepared:

  • Bring a printed map or a screenshot of your directions.
  • Plan on where to meet friends and family after the eclipse, in case you get separated.
  • Keep your phone charged.

Drone usage

In the Adirondack Park, it is legal to launch a drone anywhere the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows, except on specific state lands, and for private use only.

  • Drones are motorized equipment and the operation of drones on lands classified as Wilderness, Primitive, or Canoe is absolutely prohibited.
  • Commercial drone usage on state Wild Forest lands and over the Adirondack Rail Trail require a permit.
  • For more info on the land classification of your viewing site, please visit the DEC website.

For safety reasons, we strongly suggest that you enjoy the eclipse with your eyes, telescopes, and binoculars, with proper protective gear, and leave the drone at home. On April 8, the skies will already be much busier with public and private aircraft.

Eclipse events and updates

If you're curious about what communities close-by are doing for the eclipse, check out Eclipse ADK 2024 for more information. Answers to common questions like where to pick up eclipse glasses, or how to plan for the event can be found in our FAQ section below.

Still have questions? Call our helpline at: (518) 621-3682. The helpline will be open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday through Monday.



Champ’s Frequently Asked Questions

When will the eclipse start?

The Lake Champlain Region has numerous towns in the path of totality. Here are viewing times for them!

  • Crown Point: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:26 p.m.
  • Elizabethtown: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:25 p.m.
  • Willsboro: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:25 p.m.
  • Port Henry and Moriah: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m. with totality starting at 3:26 p.m.
  • Ticonderoga: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m. Note that while this area is not in the path of complete totality, you can still experience a deep partial eclipse of 99.81%!
  • Keeseville and Chesterfield: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:25 p.m.
  • Lewis: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:25 p.m.
  • Westport: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:26 p.m.
  • Essex: Partial eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality starting at 3:26 p.m.
How long will totality last in the Lake Champlain Region?

The totality of the eclipse will last for varying durations across the region.

  • Crown Point: 1 minute and 12.2 seconds.
  • Elizabethtown: 2 minutes and 55.7 seconds.
  • Port Henry and Moriah: 2 minutes and 3.2 seconds.
  • Willsboro: 3 minutes and 7 seconds.
  • Ticonderoga: While this area is not in the path of complete totality, come experience the deep partial eclipse of 99.81%!
  • Westport: 2 minutes and 29 seconds.
  • Keeseville and Chesterfield: 3 minutes and 25.4 seconds.
  • Lewis: 3 minutes and 8 seconds.
  • Essex: 2 minutes and 58 seconds. 
Where can I watch the eclipse?

The eclipse can be viewed from anywhere around the region, and there are plenty of watch parties to attend, and public viewing locations to choose from.

  • Powerhouse Park/Port Henry Pier -  Viewing location with large parking area
  • Westport - Join us at Westport Golf for a free viewing party!
  • Crown Point State Historic Site - Viewing location with large parking area
  • Ausable Chasm - Admission to this party in Keeseville includes parking, access to trails, eclipse glasses, and more! 
  • Ausable Brewing Company - Watch party with live music
  • Essex - Community watch party, with Main Street blocked off. 
  • Ticonderoga - Four viewing locations include: Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga Elementary School, Ticonderoga Recreational Fields & Surrounding Area, and Silver Bay YMCA.
Where can I stay in the the Lake Champlain Region?

Rooms are filling fast, you'll want to book ASAP. The Lake Champlain Region is filled with lodging opportunities to fit the needs and wants of any traveler. You’ll find Victorian B&Bs, cozy cottages, hotels, and motels dotting the region. For lake monsters, you’ll find an expansive lake to call home during your stay!

What's April weather like in the Lake Champlain Region, and how can I prepare?

While milder than the adjacent mountain communities, april weather can still be varied, with snow and cold conditions possible. Here are some travel and safety tips:

  • Keep extra layers, snacks, and water in your car, and don’t forget to fill up on gas before you go.
  • Plan your activities and travel route ahead of time. Service is spotty, so bring a map and/or gps.
  • Trail conditions are poor, and hiking for the eclipse is not advised. If you do decide to experience the eclipse from a trail, bring the 10 essentials and practice LNT principles.
Are there things to do in the Lake Champlain Region before and after the eclipse?

Yes! Come early, and stay after the eclipse!  There are endless things to do, making the eclipse one of several memorable activities during a trip here. 

Where can I get solar eclipse glasses?

Solar eclipse glasses are available at the town halls in the Lake Champlain region and will be available the day of at the Lake Champlain Visitor Center. 

Eclipse Events

Solar Eclipse Photography Class by Carl Heilman II Located at Ti Arts Downtown Gallery - 119 Montcalm Street Bring: a camera, tripod & solar filter (if you have one) Suggested Donation $20.00…
Mar. 16
The Town of Westport is hosting an Eclipse weekend spectacular! Designated viewing areas for the Town of Westport are: Westport Golf and Lakeview Campus. Thursday  6 pm - Westport Library -…
Apr. 4
Totality: The Next Eclipse Join Columbia University Astronomer, Jacqueling Gorkom at the Westport Library on 6:00 pm.  She will describe fun and safe ways to watch the eclipse and even…
Apr. 4
The Town of Westport is hosting an Eclipse weekend spectacular! Designated viewing areas for the Town of Westport are: Westport Golf and Lakeview Campus. Thursday  6 pm - Westport Library -…
Apr. 5
The Town of Essex invites you to a watch party for the highly anticipated 2024 Total Solar Eclipse! Friday, April 5 The Barn Door Tavern: Piotr Barcz will play ragtime, stride and swing piano from…
Apr. 5
Silver Bay YMCA Presents Eclipse at the Bay! Join Silver Bay YMCA to celebrate the eclipse. Silver Bay is lucky enough to be near the path of totality and will have a magnitude of 99.5%. To help…
Apr. 5
The Town of Westport is hosting an Eclipse weekend spectacular! Designated viewing areas for the Town of Westport are: Westport Golf and Lakeview Campus. Thursday  6 pm - Westport Library -…
Apr. 6
Check out the solar eclipse promotions and events happening in the Ticonderoga Area!  Viewing areas include:  Bicentennial Park Ticonderoga Recreational Fields & Surrounding Area  Silver Bay…
Apr. 6
Eclipse All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet The Westport Federated Church will host an Eclipse All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, April 6 from 8:00 am until 10:30 am. The buffet will…
Apr. 6

Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

A total solar eclipse is an amazing wonder of nature and we couldn't be more excited to have the eclipse cast its shadow over the Adirondacks this April! Between stunning snow capped mountains and glistening spring brooks it will be a spectacle to behold. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience it will be important to plan for April weather and increased traffic. Here are some planning and safety guidelines to navigate the ever changing weather while enjoying this remarkable event!

Plan Ahead

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — plan like it! A total solar eclipse is an exciting event that will attract an influx of visitors from far and wide to the region. Prepare for a perfect eclipse by making your plans well in advance.  Make lodging reservations as soon as possible. Some lodging properties are already completely booked out!


Use maps and GPS to plan where you’re going and note that cell service may be sparse in areas. Bring a map as a back-up to using your phone. If you’re just coming for the day, it’s a good idea to stock up on supplies before you arrive. Bring snacks and water and fill up your gas tank.

Come early, stay late

The eclipse itself may only last a few minutes, but there are plenty of reasons to make this a multi-day experience! Build in a buffer around the eclipse and enjoy more of the region in the days leading up to and after the eclipse.


Added fun isn’t the only reason to extend your stay.  Large day-of crowds may create traffic delays and springtime travel conditions may vary. Avoid any hassle by being close to the path of totality to begin with.

Take spring conditions seriously

Mud, snow, and ice are the most common Adirondack trail conditions in April, which makes trails more susceptible to impacts and potentially dangerous for hikers. If you plan to hike around the time of the eclipse, please be mindful of varying trail conditions and respect muddy trail advisories. High elevation trails will have snow and ice on them. Temperatures can also change dramatically between a trailhead and the summit. If you have little experience in winter hiking, it is best to avoid hiking the High Peaks. Check trail conditions before you go, and be prepared for winter conditions.


If you are going to hike, choose a low-elevation trail and come prepared. Bring extra layers and don’t forget to pack the 10 essentials—especially a headlamp. Be aware that there may be an increased number of visitors recreating on trails and at various locations around the region during this time. Have a back-up plan in case trailhead parking is full or, better yet, opt for a watch party and save the hike for another day.

Enjoy the eclipse with others
Normally we encourage seeking solitude on an Adirondack summit, but as the eclipse will plunge the region into temporary darkness, a mountain might not be your best option for a memorable experience. And since the eclipse will look the same from any location along the path of totality, why not stay in your favorite Adirondack town, and enjoy the eclipse with others! The excitement of the event has spurred on local businesses and towns to host numerous watch parties across the region, perfect for celebrating this incredible sight. 
Trash your trash and respect nature

Whether you’re on a trail or at a watch party, help keep the Adirondacks clean. If you’re on a hike, store litter — including food waste like peels, cores, and other scraps — in a garbage bag to be taken home and thrown out. While you’re in town, take advantage of trash and recycling cans. When the eclipse is done, pack up solar viewing glasses, chairs, food, and other waste or dispose of it in designated receptacles. Basically, if it comes with you, it leaves with you.


We humans aren’t the only ones that will notice this natural phenomenon. Wildlife activity may also become unusual, as most mammals and birds will wander back to their nests and dens during the sudden dark conditions. Critters are liable to be confused, so give them some extra space and try not to interfere with their movements. And, as always, keep your snacks to yourself.

Avoid bodies of water

In early spring, Adirondack lakes may still be covered in unsafe ice and all water will be at near-freezing temperatures. Breaking through or capsizing in these cold waters can result in severe hypothermia and life-threatening conditions. It’s best not to trust ice-covered lakes at this time of year. It might hold snow or wildlife, but it likely will not hold you.


Even if the ice is out, water still poses risks. The total darkness of the eclipse will cause decreased visibility that will make it harder to be seen and navigate in case of emergency. While bodies of water offer wide open views, the hazards of cold water and dark conditions make dry land a far safer viewing option.

Come prepared

With a large influx of travelers coming to the region to view the solar eclipse, it is important to travel prepared. Keep extra layers, snacks, and water in your car and don’t forget to fill up on gas before you go. Plan your activities ahead of time, and make sure to check weather updates.


Due to an increased number of visitors around the region, your planned destinations may be more crowded, including hiking trails, restaurants, and attractions. Be prepared to change your route around the region based on conditions. Cell service may be sparse in certain areas, so alert others of your plans, and travel with a map and GPS.

View the eclipse safely

When watching the eclipse, it is essential to wear safe solar eclipse glasses. Solar viewing glasses are different from sunglasses and block out more of the sun’s harmful rays. Many watch parties and communities will have viewing glasses available, but it’s a good idea to bring your own just in case.


Why are these glasses necessary? The darkness of the eclipse will cause your pupils to constrict, making your eyes more susceptible to damage from the sun’s remaining rays. Remember not to view the eclipse through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or your phone without a special solar filter either. These devices will further concentrate the remaining light and increase risk of damage to your eyes.


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