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 astrophotographers 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. Our communities are preparing for this once-in-a-lifetime event, with local businesses and eateries offering watch parties, special on merchandise and food, among other events.
The path of totality for a solar eclipse can quite literally happen anywhere in the world, but more often than not the shadow casted by the eclipse lands in the ocean, near the poles, or not even hitting the Earth at all! The fact that this narrow strip of shade is running right through the heart of the Adirondacks is enough to drop what you're doing, make plans to visit, and get excited. Why? Well, if you want to view a total solar eclipse in the Adirondacks again, you're going to have to wait another 375 years. Book your stay ASAP, rooms are filling up fast.
When will the eclipse start?
Hamilton County has numerous communities in the path of totality. Here are viewing times for a few of them!
In Indian Lake, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:12 p.m., with totality starting at 3:25 p.m., and lasting for 2 minutes and 3.1 seconds. In Inlet, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:11 p.m., with totality starting at 3:24 p.m., and lasting for 2 minutes and 44.5 seconds. In Long Lake, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:12 p.m., with totality starting at 3:24 p.m., and lasting for 3 minutes and 1.4 seconds. In Blue Mountain Lake, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:12 p.m., with totality starting at 3:24 p.m., and lasting for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. In Speculator, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:11 p.m., with totality starting at 3:26 p.m.
The best places to watch
All around the region, there are parks and outdoor spaces with exceptional views of the sky and the surrounding landscape. Grab your solar eclipse viewing glasses, and find the spot that suits your interest!
1. Byron Park - Route 28N, Indian Lake
2. Arrowhead Park - 160 State Route 28, Inlet
3. Sacandaga River Community Park & Pathway - State Route 30, Speculator