Solar Eclipse Visitor Information
How to plan your experience for the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Austin
Planning to be in Austin during the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024? We’re expecting to welcome thousands of incoming visitors to the city and Central Texas region for this once-in-a-lifetime event, so plan ahead for the best possible experience. Find additional safety tips and preparation information here.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Locations
The total eclipse will be viewable within the Austin city limits for a total of 1 minute and 40 seconds, starting around 1:37 p.m. The partial eclipse will begin at 12:17 p.m. and end at 2:58 p.m.
Several Texas State Parks within driving distance from Austin lie within the path of totality for April 8, 2024.
- McKinney Falls State Park (10 miles from downtown Austin - at the edge of path of totality)
- Pedernales Falls State Park (43 miles from downtown Austin)
- Blanco State Park (50 miles from downtown Austin)
- Inks Lake & Longhorn Cavern State Parks (68 miles from downtown Austin)
- LCRA Parks (various locations, 80 miles or less from downtown Austin)
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (95 miles from downtown Austin)
Pre-purchased day passes or camping permits will be required to enter any of the Texas State Parks within the path of totality on the day of the eclipse. You can reserve day passes up to a month in advance, campsites are available up to five months in advance. State park passes do not guarantee entrance. Visit tpwd.texas.gov for more information, current availability and tips.
Courtesy Visit Austin.
Please check back soon for more information about visiting a City of Austin Park, during the solar eclipse. Expect traffic delays across the city, and limited parking or entrance availability at various locations. Always park in designated areas only, and don’t forget to follow park rules.
Austin is the entrance to the beautiful Texas Hill Country region, which will be a prime location for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse. Several towns will be hosting viewing parties, festivals and events.
- Kerrclipse Music Festival, Kerrville
- Total Eclipse at the Park, Lampasas
- Texas Eclipse Festival, Burnet
- More Hill Country Destinations
Please follow local rules and regulations, and be respectful during your visit to these nearby towns and communities. Do not stop on roadways or impede traffic. Plan your travel in advance, stay informed about traffic patterns and road closures along your route, and keep a full tank of gas and other supplies in case of long travel delays. Click here for additional safety tips.
Find even more eclipse viewing parties and events on our calendar here.
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