Solar Eclipse viewing events in Georgia and South Carolina:
Fort Pulaski: On Aug. 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time in nearly 40 years. The Savannah area will experience approximately 97% totality, a level of solar eclipse not seen in the area in over 500 years, long before European settlement. Fort Pulaski National Monument may not be in the path of totality, but they’re pretty close, so they will host “Off the Path” Eclipse Party: a day of eclipse-related events.
Throughout the day they will offer arts, crafts and Junior Ranger activities for children, plus special ranger-led programs about the science behind eclipses and the history of past eclipses around the world. At Fort Pulaski the eclipse will begin at 1:15 p.m. and end at 4:15 p.m., with maximum darkness around 2:45 p.m. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available to the public while supplies last.
Fort Pulaski will be open on the day of the eclipse during normal operating hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with guided fort tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For safety, the typical 3 p.m. tour will be moved to 3:30 p.m. on the day of the eclipse. Please note that during maximum darkness, movement around the fort may be limited for safety reasons. Children’s Activities in the Guard Room will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/fopu or call 912-786-8182.
Hardeeville: The City of Hardeeville will host a Great American Eclipse event on Aug. 21 from noon-5 p.m. behind Hardeeville City Hall, 205 Main Street. The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8, 1918 and Hardeeville will have a 98% disruption of the sun. The City will provide a limited number of special sunglasses that will allow you to look directly at the eclipse. There will be music, crafts and more. All ages are welcome to come out and participate in this event. For more information, contact the Hardeeville Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department at 843-784-2231.
Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head: Sonesta Resort Hilton Head will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Aug. 21 from noon-4 p.m. Special viewing glasses will be provided. Lowcountry BBQ is $15.95 for adults, $7.95 (6-12 years), $4.95 (3-5 years) and children 3 and under are free. Live music by Souls Harbor. For more information, call 843-341-1850.
Boat Tour on Palmetto Bluff & Hilton Head: Outside Brands is hosting a 3-hour boating tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 21 to give participants a unique vantage point of the Solar Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse Excursion will include a backwater boat trip with a naturalist Captain equipped with interesting eclipse-related information. Participants will also receive NASA-certified viewing glasses.
The boating excursion will make a stop to a remote sandbar to provide the group with an unobstructed view of the eclipse (and the opportunity to do some beachcombing.) Trips will depart August 21st from Shelter Cove Marina on Hilton Head and Wilson Village in Palmetto Bluff. For reservations & additional information, call 943-686-6996.
Scavenger Hunt in Bluffton: The Tanger Outlet Centers in Hilton Head are welcoming all shoppers in the area to participate in a free Total Eclipse Scavenger Hunt on Monday, August 21. Parents and kids of all ages are welcome to partake in the hunt for brightly colored planets that will be hidden throughout the Tanger 1 and Tanger 2 ‘solar systems’ with the words #TangerTotalEclipse.
Once found, the planets can be returned to Shopper Services in exchange for a $5 Tanger gift card (one gift card/family). Those who find the planets are encouraged to take a photo of where they found it and post on Facebook using the hashtag.
Tanger Outlets Hilton Head is located at 1414 and 1256 Fording Island Road in Bluffton, SC, just 1 and 2 miles West of the Hilton Head Island bridge.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler: The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is celebrating the 2017 solar eclipse with Operation Eclipse on Aug. 21. All kids will have free admission to the museum with an adult and at the peak of the eclipse visitors can head to the Memorial Gardens to watch. For more information, go to www.mightyeighth.org
The Mighty Eighth will have a limited number of approved viewing glasses available for purchase, so guests are urged to bring their own.
“Total Eclipse Weekend” in Columbia: Columbia, South Carolina is calling itself the “Total Solar Eclipse Capital of the East Coast.” The city has planned events starting August 18, including educational opportunities, viewing sites, and much more. For more details on the event lineup visit here.