Moon passing in front of sun (photo by iStock)

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Ohio

A huge swath of Ohio will have an incredible view of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, as a 124-mile-wide band of totality stretches across our state. Check out the wealth of activities being planned across Ohio to mark this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The last time Ohio experienced a total solar eclipse in 1806, the state was just three years old, Ulysses S. Grant wouldn’t be born for another 15 years, and the telephone and radio wouldn’t be invented for about 70 and 90 years, respectively.

“It must have been an amazing, interesting time,” says Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI in Columbus, of the June 16, 1806, eclipse. “All of the sudden it was pitch black after being sunny — that must have been crazy! A few experts in the sciences might have known it was coming, but the average person had no idea.”

Bertley hopes the total eclipse that will arch across the state April 8, traveling from the southwest to the northeast, starting at about 3:08 p.m., will inspire as much awe as the one in 1806 — even though we know it’s coming. He compares the total blackout nature of the eclipse, which will last about three to four minutes depending on where you are, to something you might see in a comic book or sci-fi movie.

“It’s just nature at its finest,” says Bertley, who started at COSI eight months before a partial eclipse graced Ohio’s skies in August 2017. “And all you’ve got to do is put on safety glasses and look up.”  Read More >>


Looking for a place to experience this incredible event? Learn more about what these destinations have to offer: 

Enjoy the trails at Hoff Woods Park along with eclipse programs

Westerville Total Eclipse Viewing Party

Come to Hoff Woods Park on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and take part in pre-eclipse programs at the Westerville Public Library. Learn More



Canal Fulton will be in the eclipse path of totality

Experience the Eclipse in Stark County

Attend one of the watch parties happening across the county and
take part in the pre-and post-event happenings. Learn More



Find the perfect spot to view the eclipse in Springfield

Join Us for Eclipse over Springfield

Mark your calendar to be in
downtown Springfield for the
celestial celebration of a lifetime.
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Join friends and family in Oxford

Total Eclipse of the Parks in Oxford

This southwest Ohio college town has a slate of events planned in the leadup to the celestial event our state hasn’t seen in over 200 years. Learn More



Campers at Atwood Lake

Where will you be? ... at MWCD!

Experience this momentous event
at the parks of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
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Enjoy dining and shoppng before and after the eclipse in Millersburg

Make Millersburg Your Eclipse Base Camp

The Holmes County community has plenty to explore and wide-open spaces from which to enjoy the total solar eclipse. Learn More


Experience the eclipse along the shores of Lake Erie

The Eclipse Along the Lake in Lake County

There are a multitude of destinations in this region along the Lake Erie shore that promise to make your eclipse experience a memorable one.
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View the eclipse at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Experience the Eclipse in Dayton

Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on April 8 to witness this incredible event and explore all the city has to offer. Learn More



Visit the eclipse viewing area at Hartville Marketplace

Total Eclipse of the Hart(ville)

Experience 2024’s total
solar eclipse in Hartville,
a one-of-a-kind Ohio community.
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Brandywine Falls in Summit County

Eclipse Events in Akron and Summit County

Celebrate this monumental moment at one of the area’s many viewing parties and by taking part in interactive events leading up to the big day. Learn More



View the eclipse at the Defiance County Fairgrounds in Hicksville

Watch the Eclipse in Defiance County

This northwest Ohio community on the edge of the line of totality offers wide-open spaces to enjoy this memorable event. Learn More


The Great Miami Riverway is a prime viewing location for the eclipse.

View the Eclipse at the Great Miami Riverway 

Experience the total
solar eclipse as you explore the
Great Miami Riverway.
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