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!
Eclipse viewing locations in Lake Placid
Lake Placid has several excellent spots for viewing the eclipse. The events and locations below are ideal because they will all offer parking, clear, flat scenery, and, in some cases, amenities. Because of the unpredictability of spring weather, it's important — and more fun! — to stick to a safe, easily accessible location. Mountain summits and newly thawed lakes are not ideal or safe for eclipse viewing.
- Join fellow observers at Glow for the Gold, special viewing parties at Olympic Legacy Sites! Each event includes eclipse glasses, amazing scenery, music, glow sticks, and more! You'll find Glow for the Gold events at the following:
- Mt. Van Hoevenberg
- Olympic Jumping Complex
- James C. Sheffield Olympic Speedskating Oval
- Whiteface Mountain
- The Town of North Elba is making two spaces available for comfortable, spacious viewing:
- Watch from the naturally stunning Marcy Field in Keene Valley. Parking will be available on Airport Road.
- Seek out a naturally beautiful spot with accessible parking and open spaces, such as John Brown Farm.
What to expect
As the moon moves closer to completely covering the sun, the day around you gradually darkens to something similar to dawn or dusk. Not only is the sight beautiful and unusual for the middle of the day, but it also tricks small animals such as birds into thinking its nighttime. The result? A quiet that is all around you, and the emergence of stars and planets in the sky, even if only for a few minutes. During this eclipse, Jupiter and Venus should be visible and there is the potential for a comet sighting, as well.
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
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.
Check out the events at the bottom of this page for up-to-date details! As we get closer to the date of the eclipse, more information about special activities, viewing parties, and specials will be announced.