APRIL 8, 2024 | TOLEDO, OHIO
THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE
The next total solar eclipse to visit North America will be April 8, 2024. The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds, almost double that of The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017. The 2017 total solar eclipse was witnessed by about 20 million people from Oregon to South Carolina, and the upcoming 2024 Great American Eclipse is sure to be witnessed by many millions more.
In the US, totality will begin in Texas at 1:27 pm CDT and will end in Maine at 3:35 pm EDT on April 8, 2024.
If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse before, put it on your bucket list and plan to experience a whole weekend of programming leading up to the historic event in the Toledo Region!
In Toledo the partial eclipse will begin at 1:56 p.m. EDT and the total eclipse begins at 3:13 p.m. EDT. Start times and duration will differ depending on where within Toledo you choose to be. The duration will likely be somewhere around 1 minute and 47 seconds and the partial eclipse will end at 4:26 p.m.
If you are heading to Toledo, you can map out these exact times by using this tool.
Due to the expected influx of visitors, we encourage you and your family to come early and stay late while you experience our world-class attractions and all the events and programming we have planned for you!
Viewing Totality in Ohio
Totality will occur for much of Ohio! Be sure to get inside the path of totality for the full experience.
Cleveland is one of the largest cities inside the path of totality, but Dayton, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron, and other cities will also witness totality.
For eclipse viewing, mobility is essential especially in case of inclement weather. Ohio has many excellent highways and the infrastructure for eclipse visitors. Within Ohio, Interstate 75 provides north-south access from Michigan and southern Ohio to Toledo and Interstate 90 parallels Lake Erie from Toledo to Cleveland and Ashtabula.
The total solar eclipse visits Ohio on April 8, 2024 beginning at 3:08 pm EDT with the final exit of the Moon’s shadow from the state at 3:19 pm EDT. Through Ohio, the speed of the Moon’s shadow will accelerate from about 1995 miles per hour to about 2290 miles per hour.
As the total solar eclipse in 2017 proved, the eclipse will be a magnet for millions of people across the nation. The number of visitors expected in Ohio is anywhere from 139,000 - 556,000 and it is estimated that there are 7,275,000 individuals living inside the path of totality.
Information and graphics gathered from greatamericaneclipse.com/Ohio
Request your visitors guide today and get two FREE pairs of special edition Toledo Solar Eclipse viewing glasses* per guide.
Our Official Toledo Visitors Guide is full of great travel inspiration, hotels, articles, and more to help you make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event!
*The complimentary eclipse glasses provided by Destination Toledo meet the ISO 12312-2 as verified by provided testing report provided by the vendor and manufacturer.
Tips for Viewing the Eclipse Safely
Get your eclipse glasses early! Several of Toledo's attractions will have approved glasses for viewing the event safely.
Never look at an eclipse without proper eclipse glasses on. In addition, make sure your eclipse glasses comply with the ISO 12312-2 standard. Before April 8, it's important to check your glasses to ensure there are no holes or scratches on the lens. You should also check the lens by shining a flashlight through them. If you see any light shining through, make sure to get new glasses before the eclipse. On April 8, remember you must take your glasses on and off while looking at the ground. It’s unsafe to put your glasses on or take them off while looking at the sun.
Learn the simple methods to safely view a solar eclipse.
Plan ahead. If you choose to stay in a hotel, be aware that most will sell out. Check out the hotels available to you in the Toledo Region below.
Get to your destination early and try to spend eclipse night at or near your viewing location. Expect the highways and freeways to be extra busy in the aftermath of totality, and consider staying an additional day to avoid delays.
Fill up your gas tank and bring food and water in case of delays on the highway.
Check the local TV weather reports as eclipse day approaches. The meteorologists will give you great advice on viewing the eclipse and whether you may need to relocate.
Recycling Efforts for Eclipse Glasses
In the true spirit of community collaboration, Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Destination Toledo, Imagination Station, and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library are uniting to celebrate this celestial event and champion a sustainable approach to watching the eclipse.
From April 8th to April 18th, specially designated collection boxes will be placed at all Toledo-Lucas County Libraries and Imagination Station, allowing individuals to drop off their glasses. Organizations hosting larger watch parties can also request these boxes for their specific events at ktlcb.org.
All returned glasses will be vetted by volunteers during a sorting event that will be held at Imagination Station on Earth Day, April 22. Those in good quality will be donated to Astronomers Without Borders, supporting their mission and fostering global collaboration in appreciating the wonders of the cosmos. Those glasses that are a bit more beat up will be recycled locally.
Check out the 419 Ale Trail!
Taste your way through Northwest Ohio's craft beverage scene on the 419 Ale Trail, while you are in the are for the Great American Eclipse!
A total of 32 breweries and craft beverage makers, all located within the 419-area code, are participating in this year’s 419 Ale Trail. Complete details on how to sign up to begin the adventure can be found at www.419AleTrail.com.
Participants who sign up for the 419 Ale Trail earn points as they move along the trail that can be redeemed for a number of available prizes, plus receive entries into a grand prize drawing at the end of the year-long trail that runs through June 17, 2024. This year’s prizes can be collected from identified Prize Hubs. A number of breweries will provide special discounts to redeem on the trail as well.