Lake Placid is in the path of an extraordinary experience!

On April 8, 2024, Lake Placid — along with the rest of the Adirondacks — will be one of the best locations in the northeast to view an exceptional event, a total solar eclipse. This isn't just an amazing sight, it's also exceptionally rare! Total solar eclipses happen over the same place on earth about once every 400 years; you won't want to miss this!

Lake Placid is such a perfect spot to view totality that Road Trippers Magazine named us one of the best places to see the eclipse!

A total solar eclipse: the moon is seen blocking the body of the sun. Image courtesy Bryan Goff Photo.

Packages and events

There's no place you'd rather be to experience the eclipse! Fortunately, the entire Lake Placid area will be part of this amazing event, so you don't need to fight for the "best seat," but you should make overnight reservations early! Several of the lodging accommodations in Lake Placid are offering cool packages for the eclipse, so you're sure to find an option that's just right for your stay.

As we get closer to the date of the eclipse, information about special activities, viewing parties, and more will be announced. Stay tuned to this page and our events calendar for updates!

Tips for observing the eclipse from Lake Placid

  • Dress for the weather: Lake Placid in April could be cold and snowy or the slightly warmer briskness of spring. Be prepared and bring layers!
  • No matter what, do NOT look directly at the eclipse! You can find safe viewers at reputable online shops, including Great American Eclipse and My Science Shop.
  • Please be aware that there will be a lot of traffic in the area that day, so getting to and from your chosen viewing spot will take longer than you might expect. Plan for traffic and delays and on eclipse day, be patient and kind.

Eclipse viewing spots

Lake Placid has plenty of excellent spots for viewing the eclipse. Seek out open areas where trees and buildings won't get in the way, such as John Brown Farm or Mid's Park

Many local businesses will be open to the public during the eclipse, offering patrons a fun and festive place to experience the event. Some will even be offering something extra special, like Lake Placid Pub & Brewery who will be creating a tasty new brew for the eclipse!

A map of northern New York state, showing a shaded path of totality for a solar eclipse.
Lake Placid sits within the path of totality for the 2024 total eclipse.

What time will the eclipse take place in Lake Placid, New York?

The total duration of the April 8, 2024 eclipse will be 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 41 seconds. Maximum totality will last for 3 minutes and 21 seconds.

  • Partial totality begins at 2:13:02 pm
  • Full totality begins at 3:25:07 pm
  • Maximum totality at 3:26:48 pm
  • Full totality ends at 3:28:29 pm
  • Partial totality ends at 4:36:43 pm

What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is what happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. A bit of coincidence helps here, too: despite the massive difference in size and distance from the earth, the moon in our sky has the same apparent size as the sun. On occasion, the moon passes in front of the sun in a wonderfully precise way so that it actually blocks the disk of the sun in our sky. What happens then? The sky dims, even in the middle of the day, and all that we on earth can see of the sun is the corona: the beautiful, long streams of light that emanate from the sun.

A graphic illustration showing how a solar eclipse works.