The Top Spots to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, a celestial event like no other will be crossing the United States. Although the City of Buffalo doesn’t lie in the path of total eclipse, a 77% partial eclipse will be visible from the 716. For the solar celebration, many great organizations and museums will be holding special events or offering ways to view this stellar natural occurrence.

Here are the best ways to view the 2017 solar eclipse in Buffalo:

Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., Buffalo
In conjunction with the opening of their newest exhibit, Buffalo in Space, the Buffalo Museum of Science will be hosting an eclipse-viewing party on the lawn of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, just steps away from the front door of the museum. The exhibit will be open from 10am to 6pm with astronomical activities and free glasses available outside.

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, 4050 North St., Blasdell
For one day, the folks at Penn Dixie will be looking toward the sky instead of digging in the ground. Join them for the Great American Eclipse event, with special hands-on astronomy activities, $4 admission (free for members) and complimentary eclipse-watching glasses for the first 1,000 guests.

Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Sq., Buffalo
Holding not one, but two spacey events, the downtown’s Central Library hosts Eclipse-O-Rama on Saturday, August 19th from 11am – 3pm and a viewing party on Monday, August 21st where guests can watch NASA videos, demonstrations and receive free eclipse glasses to view from the front steps of the library.

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Wilkeson Pointe, 225 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo
Along Buffalo’s breezy waterfront retreat at the Outer Harbor, guests can view the eclipse with the assistance of eyewear provided by the Buffalo Astronomical Association. Grab a beer at the Consumers Beverage beer garden or be a little different and watch the eclipse from the comfort of a rented kayak.

SUNY Buffalo State Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, Buckham Hall D, off Rockwell Rd., Buffalo
Join other astronomy lovers as you gaze at the eclipse through special protected equipment and eyewear. In addition to special events and demos, Buff State will be bringing in a few food trucks to fulfill your appetite.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo
The botany buffs at the Botanical Gardens are giving away complimentary protective eyewear to view the special solar event. Although there are no special events planned, the outdoor gardens would make a great place to watch from your favorite lawn chair.

Details for eclipse viewing from Buffalo provided by the Buffalo Astronomical Association:

Partial begins: 1:11 pm EDT
Maximum: 2:33:55 pm EDT – 77.4% of the sun covered
Sun Alt: 55 deg Sun Azimuth: 213 deg
Partial ends: 3:51 pm EDT
Duration: 2h 39m

Mark your calendars for April 8th, 2024 as Buffalo lies in the path of totality for the solar eclipse that occurs that year!