Solar eclipse 2024: Where to watch it in Michigan and Ohio, within easy driving distance

Most of Michigan won't fall in the path of totality, but some communities in the southeast corner of the state are along the edge of the path. Here are viewing times for the partial eclipse in locations across Michigan.

Michigan residents will have the opportunity to view the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse within reasonable driving distance.

While Detroit doesn’t fall directly in the path of totality — it'll have 99% coverage, but still not enough for the skies to noticeably darken — a small sliver of southern Monroe County is enough in the path that skies will darken for a few minutes in the afternoon.

To experience the total eclipse — and see the ring of light as the moon shades the sun — Michiganders must drive to mid-Ohio or mid-Indiana — or drive north to Canada and find a spot along Lake Erie or Lake Ontario.

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Here are some ideas of where to go to watch the eclipse, whether you want to be in the path of totality or you're OK with staying just outside of it. To watch from home, NASA will be live-streaming the full event.

Michigan viewing sites for 2024 eclipse

While none of these sites are just outside the path of totality, viewers will be able to see the moon crossing over the sun with NASA-approved eclipse glasses, weather permitting. Here are a few events where you can do so:

  • Detroit Public Library events

  • The Cranbrook Institute of Science, at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, invites residents to view the eclipse through their state-of-the-art astronomy telescope in addition to other programming.

  • Springfield Township Library, at 12000 Davisburg Road in Davisburg, is hosting a Total Eclipse Party at 4 p.m. on April 8.

  • The Parchment Community Library, at 401 S Riverview Drive in Parchment, is hosting a Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party in its community room from 1:45-4:30 p.m.

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Ohio viewing sites for 2024 eclipse

Many people will tell you: Nothing beats watching an eclipse in the path of totality, when the skies darken and the moon directly passes over the sun. Cleveland, Ohio is just a two-and-a-half-hour trip from Detroit and falls in that path of totality, as does much of north-central Ohio.

Cleveland, and the rest of Ohio, are planning a variety of events for the eclipse (though you'll want to plan ahead if you plan to go to the path of totality):

  • From April 6-8, the Total Eclipse Fest 2024 will host immersive, educational programming in partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center through the North Coast Harbor District.

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park, about 40 minutes south of Cleveland, is one of the few national parks on the totality path. The park’s isolation and beaches make for perfect viewing sites.

  • The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, in Dayton, will be a primary viewing site and the city is hosting a variety of programming throughout the day.

  • Twin Lakes Golf Course and Restaurant in Bellevue is hosting an all-day watch party at its 3,000-yard golf course. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance.

  • The Crawford Farmstead will host a three-day watch event at its 6.5-acre property in Amherst for $80 per tent a night.

  • A camera store in Avon, Pixel Connection, falls directly in the path of totality and will have specialists teaching the proper ways to photograph a solar eclipse during its happy hour event from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15.

  • Gar-Nay’s Winery in Collins will host an adult-only eclipse party at its winery and is excepting around 4 minutes of total darkness during the eclipse. Limited tickets are available for $150 each, and include parking, drinks and snacks, eclipse glasses and other mementos. Camping space will be available for rent.

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Michigan eclipse times, by city

Click the cities on the map to see the percentage of totality and the start time in each community.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Solar eclipse 2024: Best places to watch in Michigan, Ohio