The 2024 total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, and the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York will be in the path of totality. This means that for a brief period of time, the moon will completely cover the sun, resulting in a dramatic daytime darkness.
The total solar eclipse will begin in the late afternoon, around 3:20 PM local time, and will last up to 3 minutes and 29 seconds depending on your vantage point relative to the path of totality. It will start in the western part of the Finger Lakes region and move towards the east.
The Finger Lakes region offers several great viewing locations for the total solar eclipse. The nearer you are to Rochester, NY and the center of the path of totality, the longer your duration of total darkness will last, however, the whole region will darken with near total coverage of the sun by the moon.
Some popular spots will include Rochester Museum & Science Center, Parcel 5 on East Main Street in Rochester, Canandaigua and Keuka Lakes, and many points in between. These locations provide open spaces with clear views of the sky, making them ideal for eclipse viewing.
WHAT TO EXPECT
During the total solar eclipse, you will experience a surreal darkness as the moon blocks out the sun's light. The temperature may also drop slightly, creating a unique and eerie atmosphere. It is incredibly important to wear proper eye protection, such as eclipse glasses or solar filters, to safely view the eclipse and protect your eyes from the intense sunlight.
WHY THE FINGER LAKES?
In addition to the visual spectacle of the eclipse itself, the Finger Lakes region offers a beautiful natural backdrop for the event, with its rolling hills, dining options, wineries, cideries and breweries, waterfalls and other sites and amenities that make not only for a picturesque setting to witness this celestial event, but an ideal vacation destination.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
Overall, the 2024 total solar eclipse in the Finger Lakes region is a highly anticipated event for astronomers, nature enthusiasts, and curious observers alike. It offers a rare opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring moment when the moon perfectly aligns with the sun, creating a stunning visual display in the skies above. Another total solar eclipse will not be visible from the contiguous 48-states for another 20 years.
Rochester Museum & Science Center has led a region-wide initiative to promote the Total Solar Eclipse to the public and educate stakeholders about how to present information in the most factual and helpful manner. They've built a community of stakeholders and website filled with news, events and the latest updates at www.rochestereclipse2024.com. You can also request a question and answer session with an eclipse ambassador for your tourism or hospitality-related business by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is working with renowned eclipse artist Tyler Nordgren to feature the event graphically. A commemorative poster of the eclipse is available by clicking the button below.
PLAN YOUR ECLIPSE VISIT
Eat, drink, stay, play and catch the event you must see once in your lifetime - the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Book your stay by using the Book Direct widget below and stay tuned for announcements from our partners about special discounts and deals surrounding the eclipse.