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Solar Eclipse 2024

A rare total solar eclipse is happening in Summit County on April 8, 2024!

Are you ready? Explore our tips for safely making the most of the event. 

Eclipse FactsEclipse

  • A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. During this time, the sky becomes dark and the temperature may drop. The corona, the sun's atmosphere, will be the only thing visible from the sun during those four minutes. 
  • The eclipse will begin in our area at approximately 1:59 p.m. Totality begins at 3:13 p.m. and will end at 3:17 p.m. The partial eclipse will end by 4:29 p.m.
  • The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099.

Eclipse Safety

  • If you are local to the area of eclipse totality, please enjoy the view from your own home. Authorities know from past eclipse-totality areas that travel is incredibly difficult on eclipse day and parking may not be available. 
  • Never look directly at the Sun, especially during the eclipse! Only view the eclipse through specialized glasses compliant with ISO 12312-2 international standard. A small quantity are still available for sale at Maple Leaf Gifts inside F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center. Please call for availability: 330-865-8065. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is collaborating with Astronomers Without Borders to collect used eclipse glasses. Learn more and view locations here
  • Do not view any part of the sun through a camera lens, binoculars or telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the instrument. Without it, you can instantly endure severe eye injury. 
  • For more information, view the State of Ohio EMA's full list of safety instructions. Please note: All Summit Metro Parks buildings will be closed on April 8, 2024. If you need assistance, please call our park rangers at 330-475-0029.

Eclipse Activities in SMP  Eclipse program photo

Get ready for eclipse day with a free, naturalist-led educational program. 

Saturday, March 30, 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 12 - 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 7, 12 - 3 p.m.


Frequently Asked Eclipse Questions


Is Summit Metro Parks planning any events for eclipse day?

Do you have camping or overnight accommodations available?

I'm traveling from out of town and want to stop at a Metro Park on eclipse day. What do you suggest?

I have not been to Summit Metro Parks before. What should I know before visiting?

Where can I learn more about the 2024 solar eclipse in Ohio?

Are eclipse glasses recyclable?