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. 

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 for more information, current availability and tips.

Three people looking at the sun wearing eclipse glasses in Zilker Park.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. 

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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Plan Your Trip

Start planning your trip or viewing experience in Austin with these resources. Book your hotel or accommodations early and plan your viewing experience in advance. For deals and discounts related to the eclipse see below.

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