There’s lots of buzz surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. If you’re as excited about it as we are and are looking for locations to view this solar sensation, we’ve compiled a list of a few places around town holding events.
Dr. Phillips Center – August 21, 12-4:30 pm
The green space in front of the downtown performing-arts theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, will be host to an Orlando Science Center pop-up location offering free viewing glasses while supplies last and education information as the eclipse takes place.
Orlando Science Center – August 21, 1-4 pm
Included with general admission, the Orlando Science Center will host a special viewing event complete with eclipse glasses, solar telescope filters, special solar eclipse demos and presentations, crafts, and art activities. You’ll also be able to make a phone filter for getting photos of the eclipse.
Orange County Library System – August 21, 1 pm-4 pm
The 10 participating library branches include Alafaya, Chickasaw, Eatonville, Herndon, South Trail, Southwest, Washington Park, West Oaks, Windermere and Winter Garden. Free glasses will be provided while supplies last.
Seminole State College – August 21, noon-4:30pm
The Buehler Planetarium will host a free viewing event on the front sidewalk of the Automotive Technology building on campus. Short presentations will be given on the eclipse, including a presentation on the science behind eclipses. Free glasses will be provided for viewing the eclipse. Maximum eclipse viewing will occur around 2:51pm. In the days leading up to the event, visit the planetarium for a special new show, “Eclipse” which will be showing six times from August 11-19, 2017. More details can be found on their Facebook event page.
Leesburg Public Library – August 21, 1:30 pm
You can enjoy the solar eclipse at the Leesburg Public Library. This event is free and starts at 1:00. Free eclipse glasses will be available on the day of the event. Visit their website to stay tuned for more details of the event.
Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library – August 21, 1:30 pm
Eclipse viewing will take place at the Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library starting at 1:30 pm. Leave your ID/library card at their circulation desk to use NASA-approved glasses for viewing in 20 minute increments. You’ll also be able to enjoy live indoor streaming.
Bok Tower Gardens – August 21, 1pm
The Gardens provide one of the highest locations in Central Florida for viewing. Visit their website for pricing information
Marion County Public Library, Headquarters – August 21, 1 pm
The Marion County Public Library is holding The Great American Eclipse Party at 1 pm on Monday August 21. This event is for ages 13 and up, with viewing glasses provided. You’ll enjoy the film “Little Shop of Horrors” along with eclipse themed snacks.
Wekiva Island – August 21, 2:30 pm
Wekiva Island will be providing free viewing glasses and Kona Brewing drafts will be on special for $3. Plan to be there right when the event starts so you don’t miss out on the maximum eclipse viewing time around 2:51 pm.
New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach Library – August 21, 1 pm
Watch the total eclipse live streamed by NASA while making crafts, or head outside to view the eclipse with free glasses from the library (while supplies last). The partial eclipse will begin in NSB at 1:14 pm and maximum eclipse viewing will take place around 2:51pm. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – August 21, 11 am
Parkgoers at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be able to experiencethe partial eclipse from the Rocket Garden and watch the total eclipse on LED screens.
Visitors to the park on August 21 will receive solar glasses at the front entrance with general admission. Starting at 11 a.m. NASA’s eclipse live stream coverage will be broadcast from the Rocket Garden.
Kid-friendly activities, such as creating sun spotters, will also be set up in the garden.
Make sure to purchase special eclipse glasses if you can still find them, just in case these events run out. You will need them at all times in order to safely view the eclipse. The eclipse is occurring on a Monday, so if you’ll be at work you can still join the fun. NASA will be live streaming the full eclipse at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.