Astronomers, moon gazers, artists and nature enthusiasts are all gearing up for the 2024 solar eclipse. Memories that will last a lifetime, mark this eclipse by sharing an awe-inspiring experience with friends or family. As you plan your eclipse adventure, consider making Ithaca your eclipse home base. Nestled in the heart of upstate New York, Ithaca is a hub of art & science with unique experiences that go beyond the eclipse.

Leading up to the Eclipse

Ithaca comes alive on the days leading up to the eclipse, offering a lineup of special events catering to both seasoned astronomers and those simply looking to bask in the unique ambiance of this rare occurrence. Visiting with kids? You will find many options for families to enjoy the eclipse together!

Learn About the Cosmos

On April 6, the Fuertes Observatory at Cornell will host a public observatory night, providing visual engagement in anticipation of the upcoming total eclipse.

On April 7 at Ithaca's Hangar Theatre, seize the chance to attend a captivating guest talk by Sasha Sagan, a renowned author and daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Her talk promises a unique blend of science and poetry. Let's connect with a shared sense of awe and wonder!

Family-Friendly Eclipse Activities

Bring the whole family along for a day of eclipse-themed fun. Ithaca's hands-on Children’s Sciencenter is gearing up for the eclipse with special programs designed for families and youngsters to learn and experience the eclipse together. Spark the curiosity of your little ones and let them discover the magic of science through engaging and interactive eclipse activities.

Approximately 700 runners are expected at Cornell University’s Barton Hall for the 41st Annual Skunk Cabbage Classic 10K & Half Marathon on April 7. The theme is “Total Eclipse of the Skunk,” and there will be an eclipse-themed shirt and eclipse glasses. 

Other Eclipse Events

The Cherry Arts will host the English-language debut of “Carbon,” an Italian play about a man who meets an extra-terrestrial, April 4-14. With an Ithaca connection to Carl Sagan’s Voyager 1 photograph selections, this stunning, award-winning new play from Italy explores what it means to be human in the infinity of the universe. 

Ten wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail are offering special experiences along with a bingo-esque game to celebrate this rare event! Sips to the Eclipse will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7.


Events in Ithaca on April 8

Total Solar Eclipse Party on the Deep Dive Deck

Party on the Cayuga Inlet at one of Ithaca's popular music venues. Starting at 12:30pm, age 18 and up, cover charge.

Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Cedarwood Event Venue

Big sky, live music, and family friendly! Cocktails, mocktails, and snacks available to purchase. 1:00 to 5:00 PM in Trumansburg.

Make Ithaca Home Base

While Ithaca may not be in the direct path of totality, it promises a one-of-a-kind eclipse experience. As the town prepares to host a series of special events on April 7 and 8, it becomes the ideal home base for those seeking both astronomical wonders and the charm of a picturesque town.

Easy transportation to the Path of Totality

The Eclipse Buses have SOLD OUT. Ease into your eclipse adventure with convenient transportation. This ensures a stress-free journey, allowing you to focus on the celestial spectacle that awaits you. A motorcoach bus departs from downtown Ithaca and takes you to Fair Haven State Park for an official viewing with presenters from the Sciencenter and NY State Parks.

Comfortable Accommodations

Update 4/2/2024 most Ithaca area accommodations are sold out for Sunday, April 7.
Choose from a range of accommodations, from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to modern hotels. By making Ithaca your home base, you not only secure a comfortable stay but also immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this charming town. From upscale hotels to the intimate charm of inns and bed & breakfasts nestled in the picturesque outskirts, your sojourn here promises unparalleled hospitality. Wake up refreshed and ready to witness the eclipse from one of the most captivating vantage points in the region.