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Your Guide to "Tupper in Totality"

Are you ready to witness one of nature's most awe-inspiring phenomena? The community of Tupper Lake and many local businesses and organizations are gearing up for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, and we're here to ensure your experience is unforgettable and enjoyable. Whether you're a seasoned eclipse chaser or embarking on your first celestial adventure, we've compiled an FAQ-style guide to address top questions, and need-to-know info, and prepare you for this extraordinary event!

I'm arriving early, are there things to do leading up to the eclipse?

"Tupper in Totality" commences on Thursday, April 4, with the launch of the Total Eclipse of the Arts at Tupper Arts. The excitement continues on Friday as The Wild Center initiates its Solar Eclipse Festival, which extends through Monday.

Saturday promises even more excitement with the Totality in Tupper in Tupper Beer Release Party during the day, followed by the official “Totality in Tupper Kick Off Party” at The Wild Center starting at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, dubbed "eclipse eve," sees the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory's main event come to life with astronomy-based activities, the planetarium, guest speakers, panel discussions, and more.

View a printer-friendly version of the full "Tupper in Totality" events schedule.

Are there designated viewing areas in Tupper Lake for the eclipse?

Yes! In a town devoted to the exploration of natural science and astronomy, we have amazing events and designated viewing areas, all of which provide optimal vantage points for witnessing the eclipse.

There are two primary event locations:

  • The Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory, the Adirondack's only astronomy-based organization, will host their main event at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School. No reservations are required and this public event is free. Expect NASA live streams and broadcasts, engaging science experiments, a planetarium showcase, guest talks, food trucks, and more.

  • At The Wild Center, immerse yourself in an eclipse watch party on their campus, featuring a variety of dynamic activities. Explore captivating glass-blowing displays, create your own pinhole viewers, enjoy solar-powered projects, and even get commemorative tattoos. NOTE: at this time, Monday is SOLD OUT, however, many of the above-listed activities are available during the weekend leading up to the event (and you can enjoy the fun, without the crowds!).

Where can I get eclipse glasses?

Eclipse glasses are currently available at the office of the Adirondack Sky Center (located at 36 High Street) and at a number of local businesses. Eclipse event locations will also have glasses available the day of the event, while supplies last. It's essential to protect your eyes during the eclipse, so be sure to secure a pair in advance.

Can I watch the eclipse from the top of a mountain?

While the peaks immediately surrounding Tupper Lake remain unaffected by the NYS DEC's Spring Advisory, advising to stay below 2,500 feet in elevation, it's important to note that it's still mud season. Our trails are currently sensitive, muddy, slippery, and may have icy patches. Consequently, we highly recommend viewing the eclipse from within the community. Moreover, the eclipse offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime shared experience. So why not immerse yourself in a location where the positive energy amplifies your experience?

What do I bring with me?

April weather in Tupper Lake is unpredictable, featuring a range of temperatures from the 50s down to the 20s, snow, rain, and sunshine. It's advisable to dress in layers and be prepared for various weather scenarios to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

Other items to consider: Folding or camp chairs, blankets, sunscreen (yes, we have been inside all winter), hand warmers, water, and snacks. 

Where do I park?

On Monday, April 8 designated parking areas will be available throughout the community with free bus pickup and portable restrooms available at each. Note that parking in the Hosley Avenue area for the events hosted by Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory as well as The Wild Center will be extremely limited and by ticket reservation only. Blocking of driveways, intersections, etc., will result in the offending vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No, parking for the eclipse event is free of charge in designated lots. However, spaces may fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early to secure a convenient spot.

Please also remember not to block driveways or fire hydrants, and keep roadways clear.

What times does the bus run on Monday, April 8?

Transportation will begin at 7:00 a.m. and run continuously through 7:00 p.m. Visit the "Tupper in Totality" parking and transportation page for more details on routes and bus stops.

Can I bring my pet to the eclipse events?

While we love our furry friends, it's best to leave pets at home during the eclipse event. Large crowds and unfamiliar surroundings can be stressful for animals, so it's important to prioritize their comfort and safety. Additionally, no pets are allowed on the busses. 

Can I bring my own telescope or binoculars?

Absolutely! Bringing your own viewing equipment can enhance your eclipse experience, allowing you to observe intricate details of the celestial event. Just be sure to handle your equipment with care and avoid looking directly at the sun without proper filters. It's also important to note that if you plan on parking and taking the eclipse bus, you need to be able to carry your gear and not disrupt other passengers.

I don’t love crowds, can I still experience the fun without the crowds?

Absolutely. Let’s start by stating that in the days leading up to the eclipse, many of the festivities begin in Tupper Lake. This includes the Solar Eclipse Festival at the Wild Center, where you will find all of the festivities throughout the weekend without the crowds of Monday. Additionally, on Sunday, the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory will have a day full of activities, experiments, lectures, the planetarium, and more set up on what they have dubbed “Apallo Field” at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School.

Are there places to get eclipse souvenirs? 

Who wouldn't want a keepsake to cherish this unforgettable adventure? Look no further – our shops and attractions offer an array of awesome souvenirs, from handmade jewelry and artwork to posters, t-shirts, ornaments, and even eclipse-themed tattoos! So while you're here, be sure to explore all the unique offerings the town has for you to take home with you.

I still have questions, where do I go?

In the days leading up to the eclipse, "Tupper in Totality" headquarters will be stationed at the Tupper Lake Information Center located at 121 Park Street in Tupper Lake. Additionally, you can call the Eclipse ADK Help Line at 518-621-3682.

Safe Travels and Happy Eclipse!

As you prepare for your journey to Tupper Lake, NY, keep these FAQs in mind to ensure a smooth and memorable eclipse experience. Get ready to marvel at the wonders of the universe and create lifelong memories under the shadow of the moon. Safe travels, and we'll see you at the eclipse!

Have a fantastic time at the eclipse event and enjoy every moment of your journey in Tupper Lake!