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The 2024 Solar Eclipse in Clifton Park, NY: Viewing Spots & More

Mark your calendar for April 8, 2024, and prepare to witness a solar eclipse in Clifton Park, NY, with a magnitude of 97.2%. That means it's not a total solar eclipse, but we are close enough to the path of totality that we'll see a near total solar eclipse!

Keep reading to find out viewing spots, places to stay, and fun things to do in the area while you're here.

What Is a Solar Eclipse & The Path of Totality?

A solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun. Those in the path of totality will be able to see a total solar eclipse, while those observing from a broader area will experience a partial solar eclipse.

The path of totality is the track along which the total eclipse can be observed. In New York State, the path goes through a large portion of the Adirondack Park.

What Time Will the Solar Eclipse Take Place?

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The partial solar eclipse will begin around 2pm to 2:15pm in Clifton Park, with the greatest coverage of the sun happening around 3:20pm to 3:30pm.

Experience the 2024 Solar Eclipse In or Near Clifton Park

To get within the path of totality, you'd have to drive about 1 hour and 30 minutes north to the Adirondacks.

mountain and lake in the adirondacks, photo credit elaine supp

To experience the near total solar eclipse here in Clifton Park, you'll want to find an open area unobstructed by tall trees or buildings, and away from artificial light.

We recommend:

Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve

open field and path in vischery ferry nature and historic preserve

Vischer Ferry is a 60-acre preserve that includes hiking trails, wetlands, and open areas ideal for observing an eclipse.

Clifton Common

sports field at clifton common in clifton park, ny

Clifton Common has sports fields that are perfect for viewing an eclipse. There is also a playground.

Mohawk Landing Nature Preserve

mohawk river
Photo credit: Alan Nudi

This park located along the Mohawk River consists of an overlook that is accessible by a trail.

Peebles Island State Park

Peebles Island, about 15 minutes from Clifton Park, could be a prime place to view the eclipse, provided you seek out of one of the open spaces.

The Crossings of Colonie

pond area at the crossings of colonie park

The Crossings, about 20 minutes from Clifton Park, is a multi-faceted park with walking paths, a playground, a maze, and some open spaces.

Where to Stay in Clifton Park

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The solar eclipse takes place on a Monday, so it's easy to make a weekend out of it and reserve a room at a local hotel. We recommend:

indoor pool at courtyard by marriott hotel in clifotn park

The Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn Express each have an indoor pool, while the Red Roof Inn is pet-friendly. All three have clean and comfortable accommodations for families or couples.

What to Do in the Area Around Clifton Park

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Clifton Park is centrally located in between Albany and Saratoga, and it's close to I-87, so you can easily get where you're going.

clifton park center
Photo credit: Alan Nudi

Here in Clifton Park, you can:

  • Shop at Clifton Park Center, Wit's End, or at other local stores
  • Hike - just remember April is mud season, so wear boots and please stay on the trail!
  • Fish at one of several hotspots in the area
  • Bird at a conservation area like Vischer Ferry

Find Events Happening During the Solar Eclipse Weekend

glass of common roots brewing beer outdoors

Here are some things to do close to Clifton Park:

Many of the viewing parties will be held in the Adirondack Park. Make sure to reserve your spot or purchase tickets in advance.

And, don't forget your certified eclipse glasses - they are essential for safety, even when viewing a partial solar eclipse! You can get some from the Saratoga Springs Public Library, who will be giving them out while supplies last April 4, 5, 6, and 7.

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