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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Eclipse Viewing Locations

This page is being continually updated as more information becomes available.


Event: Total Solar Eclipse by the Lake!

Location: Lake Lemon

Dates: Sunday, April 7 through Tuesday, April 9

Lake Lemon’s Riddle Point Park will offer a truly unique way to experience the upcoming 2024 total solar eclipse. In our 14 acre park you will have unobstructed views of the sky. Tent and RV camping is a two night package (currently no single day or single evening tickets). You can arrive as early as Sunday morning 4/7/2023 10:00 am EST with checkout on Tuesday morning 4/9/2023 by 3:00 pm EST.

See website for details.


Event: ShadowFest 2024 Solar Eclipse Camping and Music Festival

Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds

Dates: Saturday, April 6 through Monday, April 8

3-day pop-up camping and music event in celebration of our awe-inspiring universe! Indoor, sheltered and outdoor tent camping; more than 150 RV sites with electrical hook-ups; activities for kids; a pop-up bar for adults; great music every day; and 4+ MINUTES OF TOTALITY!

See website for details.


Event: Total Eclipse 2024 at Monroe Lake

Location: Monroe Lake/Paynetown SRA

Dates: Sunday, April 7 through Tuesday, April 9

Monroe Lake is in the path of the total solar eclipse in April 2024... and very close to the center, so our location will experience an amazing 4 minutes of totality! We will be offering special programming before and after the total eclipse, which is open to both campers and the general public

Visit their Facebook page for details on campsite availability, property conditions, parking capacity, programming, and more.


Event: 2024 Solar Eclipse Festival at Switchyard Park

Location: Switchyard Park

Dates: Monday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Celebrate the Eclipse with a full day of activities, celebrations, crafts, games, live music, a beer garden, and more! Find something for everyone in your family to do in anticipation of the main solar event, where all of Switchyard Park will experience four minutes of darkness once the eclipse reaches totality!

See website for details.

Samantha Hyde

Samantha Hyde

Samantha is the Digital Content Developer at Visit Bloomington. She is a proud recent graduate of Indiana University, a lover of concerts, traveling, and is a pro tennis fanatic.