On August 21st, The Great American Eclipse will pass over the US and make its final appearance in Charleston at exactly 2:48pm. We’re thrilled that our city will be a part of this historic event. To help you enjoy this amazing spectacle, our staff is on hand to assist with the ultimate eclipse experience. Below are their recommendations for the best places to watch the Great American Eclipse in Charleston.
Places to watch the Great American Eclipse in Charleston
Lovers of astronomy will meet up to safely observe the eclipse using projection and solar filtered telescopes from 1-4 pm at the Charlotte Street Park Irish Memorial.
Join the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Park on August 21st to watch the full solar eclipse! Get to know our solar system and learn more about the eclipse at The Joe with special guests from NASA. The gates are opening at 1:00 pm for an early entrance to the 2:48 pm eclipse and 4:05 pm game.
Coastal Expeditions is offering 3-hour kayak tours from their on-water locations at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Folly Beach. Naturalist guides will teach you the basics of kayaking and lead you into a protected spot to watch the moon slowly cover the sun. Coastal Expeditions will provide you with protective eyewear. The creeks are alive with wildlife late summer, so expect to see dolphins, blue crabs, a multitude of birds and perhaps even a manatee or sea turtle on this salt marsh adventure!
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and ABC News 4 are inviting families to watch the total solar eclipse aboard the mighty USS Yorktown. Dr. Christian Iliadis, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNC – Chapel Hill will give a special presentation. Dr. Iliadis will be available during the eclipse to answer questions.
Enjoy a two-hour afternoon sail on the Schooner Pride followed by a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the Great American Eclipse. Sail through in the Charleston Harbor with a cool glass of wine and complimentary Eclipse viewing glasses.
Let one of our Charming Inns help you plan your trip to Charleston during the Great American Eclipse. While Charleston’s hotels are quickly selling out, there are still a few rooms left at the Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn. Both of these properties offer complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, 24-hour concierge service, and warm Southern Hospitality.