Totality in Tupper: April 4-8, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Tupper Lake, in the middle of New York's Adirondack Park, will be one of the prime locations to view an exceptional event – a total solar eclipse, a thrilling event when the moon crosses in front of the sun, blocking its light. 

Tupper Lake offers a prime location to witness this rare celestial event amidst the beauty of the Adirondacks. As the home of the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory, the only astronomy-based organization in the Adirondacks, as well as The Wild Center, USA Today's #1 Ranked Science Museum in the US, Tupper Lake's connection to education and interpretation will add a unique and special element to the viewing experience! The community is preparing to welcome visitors from far and wide to join us in observing and celebrating this unique shared experience. Special events will take place before, during, and even after the eclipse.

What time will the eclipse take place in Tupper Lake, New York?

The total duration of the April 8, 2024 eclipse will be 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 41 seconds. This time spans from the first moment the moon begins its transit across the sun and covers the entire passage. The key moment you don't want to miss is totality which in Tupper Lake will last 3 minutes and 33 seconds!

  • Partial eclipse begins at 2:12:19 p.m.
  • Full totality begins at 3:24:27 p.m.
  • Maximum totality at 3:26:13 p.m.
  • Full totality ends at 3:27:58 p.m.
  • Partial eclipse ends at 4:36:18 p.m.

Where to watch

Once you're here, you'll want a great spot to watch the eclipse from. The top confirmed viewing sites are:

  • The Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory will host their main event at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School. This free public event will include NASA live streams and broadcasts, experiments and activities, a planetarium, guest speakers, and more.
  • The Wild Center will host an eclipse watch party on their campus, with an array of exciting activities throughout the day, glass-blowing demonstrations, pinhole viewer-making, solar-powered activities, and more.

Check out more events and public spaces for viewing the eclipse, as well as parking areas, in the map below. Public transportation will be in place to connect people between parking and viewing areas. More details will be released soon!

Cell phone usage

The period of totality and for some time afterward will be the peak load for cell towers, as people send and post their eclipse videos and photos.

How to be prepared:

  • Bring a printed map or a screenshot of your directions.
  • Plan on where to meet friends and family after the eclipse, in case you get separated.
  • Keep your phone charged.

Drone usage

In the Adirondack Park, it is legal to launch a drone anywhere the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows, except on specific state lands, and for private use only.

  • Drones are motorized equipment and the operation of drones on lands classified as Wilderness, Primitive, or Canoe is absolutely prohibited.
  • Commercial drone usage on state Wild Forest lands and over the Adirondack Rail Trail require a permit.
  • For more info on the land classification of your viewing site, please visit the DEC website.

For safety reasons, we strongly suggest that you enjoy the eclipse with your eyes, telescopes, and binoculars, with proper protective gear, and leave the drone at home. On April 8, the skies will already be much busier with public and private aircraft.

Solar eclipse helpline

If you have more questions than we've answered here and in the frequently asked questions below, call the solar eclipse helpline at 518-621-3682. This dedicated information line is designed to field whatever inquiries remain. Whether you're a local wondering what to expect or a visitor trying to get close to totality, we're here to help. The helpline will be open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday through Monday.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get solar eclipse glasses?

Solar eclipse glasses will be available at both The Wild Center and Sky Center events.

You can purchase "Tupper in Totality" solar viewing glasses from the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory. Glasses can be picked up at the Tupper in Totality Information Headquarters located at 121 Park Street (The Tupper Lake Information Center) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or at their office located at 36 High Street in Tupper Lake.

In addition, many area businesses also have glasses for sale, but don't wait too long, supplies are sure to sell out.

Where can I stay in Tupper Lake?

Rooms are filling up fast, so book your lodging accomodations ASAP. Tupper Lake everything from motels & inns to vacation rentals

What's April weather like in Tupper Lake, and how can I prepare?

April weather can be varied, with snow, mud, and cold conditions possible. Here are some travel and safety tips:

  • Keep extra layers, blankets, snacks, and water in your car, and don’t forget to fill up on gas before you go. It's better to be overprepared!
  • Plan your activities and travel route ahead of time. Service is spotty, so bring a map and/or GPS. It is recommended to download or take screenshots of important information.
  • Trail conditions are poor, and hiking for the eclipse is not advised. If you do decide to experience the eclipse from a trail, bring the 10 essentials and practice LNT principles.
Are there things to do in Tupper Lake in the days before and after the eclipse?

Yes! Before, during, and after the eclipse, Tupper Lake and its businesses are hosting a community-wide event with activities starting on Thursday, April 4. Some of the highlights include Raquette River Brewery releasing a limited-edition beer, the Adirondack Sky Center and The Wild Center hosting programming and events throughout the days prior, and celebrations that include art and live music taking place throughout the town. Come early and stay late, you won't want to miss any of these fun happenings!

Download the full event schedule.

Where can I park?

Over the weekend, event locations will offer on-site parking. 

On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a FREE shuttle to transport residents and visitors around town and to the major viewing locations. View the map and bussing information for additional details.

Key parking areas: 

View Bus & Parking Information

NOTE: Blocking of driveways, intersections, roadways, etc., will result in the offending vehicle being towed at the owner's expense. The following is a notice from the Tupper Lake Police Department:

The Eclipse has drawn an extreme influx of people to this area. Due to this we we're unable to use our regular procedures to identify owners of vehicles that were illegally parked or parked in a way that obstructs the flow of traffic. Your vehicle may have been towed.

One of the following tow companies would have been used to tow your vehicle. Please contact them to obtain your vehicle. Be sure to advise them of the year, make, model, color, and license plate if known.

Counter's Towing

  • (518) 524-0556
  • 358 Park St, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Luke's Tire and Auto Repair Inc.

  • (518) 359-9282
  • 206 Park St, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Walt's Repair Shop

  • (518) 651-5057
  • 13 Chemical St, Tupper Lake, NY 12986

If you need further assistance you can call the Franklin County E-911 Dispatch Center at (518) 483-1219

View the official flyer for more details

View parking & transportation page for more information

What restaurants are available the weekend of the eclipse?

The Eclipse Weekend Dining Guide provides information on restaurant hours to help visitors plan their dining experiences amidst the eclipse festivities. We encourage patience and kindness as businesses navigate this unique weekend. Stay tuned for updates and savor the culinary delights Tupper Lake has to offer alongside the awe-inspiring spectacle of the total solar eclipse.

I still have questions, where do I go from here?

For comprehensive insights and practical advice on making the most of the total solar eclipse in Tupper Lake, explore our Insiders' Guide of what to know before you go. Additionally, for personalized assistance or further inquiries, feel free to reach out to our Eclipse Helpline at 518-621-3682. We're here to ensure you have an unforgettable experience during this celestial event!

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Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

A total solar eclipse is an amazing wonder of nature and we couldn't be more excited to have the eclipse cast its shadow over the Adirondacks this April! Between stunning snow capped mountains and glistening spring brooks it will be a spectacle to behold. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience it will be important to plan for April weather and increased traffic. Here are some planning and safety guidelines to navigate the ever changing weather while enjoying this remarkable event!

Plan Ahead

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — plan like it! A total solar eclipse is an exciting event that will attract an influx of visitors from far and wide to the region. Prepare for a perfect eclipse by making your plans well in advance.  Make lodging reservations as soon as possible. Some lodging properties are already completely booked out!


Use maps and GPS to plan where you’re going and note that cell service may be sparse in areas. Bring a map as a back-up to using your phone. If you’re just coming for the day, it’s a good idea to stock up on supplies before you arrive. Bring snacks and water and fill up your gas tank.

Come early, stay late

The eclipse itself may only last a few minutes, but there are plenty of reasons to make this a multi-day experience! Build in a buffer around the eclipse and enjoy more of the region in the days leading up to and after the eclipse.


Added fun isn’t the only reason to extend your stay.  Large day-of crowds may create traffic delays and springtime travel conditions may vary. Avoid any hassle by being close to the path of totality to begin with.

Take spring conditions seriously

Mud, snow, and ice are the most common Adirondack trail conditions in April, which makes trails more susceptible to impacts and potentially dangerous for hikers. If you plan to hike around the time of the eclipse, please be mindful of varying trail conditions and respect muddy trail advisories. High elevation trails will have snow and ice on them. Temperatures can also change dramatically between a trailhead and the summit. If you have little experience in winter hiking, it is best to avoid hiking the High Peaks. Check trail conditions before you go, and be prepared for winter conditions.


If you are going to hike, choose a low-elevation trail and come prepared. Bring extra layers and don’t forget to pack the 10 essentials—especially a headlamp. Be aware that there may be an increased number of visitors recreating on trails and at various locations around the region during this time. Have a back-up plan in case trailhead parking is full or, better yet, opt for a watch party and save the hike for another day.

Enjoy the eclipse with others
Normally we encourage seeking solitude on an Adirondack summit, but as the eclipse will plunge the region into temporary darkness, a mountain might not be your best option for a memorable experience. And since the eclipse will look the same from any location along the path of totality, why not stay in your favorite Adirondack town, and enjoy the eclipse with others! The excitement of the event has spurred on local businesses and towns to host numerous watch parties across the region, perfect for celebrating this incredible sight. 
Trash your trash and respect nature

Whether you’re on a trail or at a watch party, help keep the Adirondacks clean. If you’re on a hike, store litter — including food waste like peels, cores, and other scraps — in a garbage bag to be taken home and thrown out. While you’re in town, take advantage of trash and recycling cans. When the eclipse is done, pack up solar viewing glasses, chairs, food, and other waste or dispose of it in designated receptacles. Basically, if it comes with you, it leaves with you.


We humans aren’t the only ones that will notice this natural phenomenon. Wildlife activity may also become unusual, as most mammals and birds will wander back to their nests and dens during the sudden dark conditions. Critters are liable to be confused, so give them some extra space and try not to interfere with their movements. And, as always, keep your snacks to yourself.

Avoid bodies of water

In early spring, Adirondack lakes may still be covered in unsafe ice and all water will be at near-freezing temperatures. Breaking through or capsizing in these cold waters can result in severe hypothermia and life-threatening conditions. It’s best not to trust ice-covered lakes at this time of year. It might hold snow or wildlife, but it likely will not hold you.


Even if the ice is out, water still poses risks. The total darkness of the eclipse will cause decreased visibility that will make it harder to be seen and navigate in case of emergency. While bodies of water offer wide open views, the hazards of cold water and dark conditions make dry land a far safer viewing option.

Come prepared

With a large influx of travelers coming to the region to view the solar eclipse, it is important to travel prepared. Keep extra layers, snacks, and water in your car and don’t forget to fill up on gas before you go. Plan your activities ahead of time, and make sure to check weather updates.


Due to an increased number of visitors around the region, your planned destinations may be more crowded, including hiking trails, restaurants, and attractions. Be prepared to change your route around the region based on conditions. Cell service may be sparse in certain areas, so alert others of your plans, and travel with a map and GPS.

View the eclipse safely

When watching the eclipse, it is essential to wear safe solar eclipse glasses. Solar viewing glasses are different from sunglasses and block out more of the sun’s harmful rays. Many watch parties and communities will have viewing glasses available, but it’s a good idea to bring your own just in case.


Why are these glasses necessary? The darkness of the eclipse will cause your pupils to constrict, making your eyes more susceptible to damage from the sun’s remaining rays. Remember not to view the eclipse through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or your phone without a special solar filter either. These devices will further concentrate the remaining light and increase risk of damage to your eyes.