For the first time in 26 years, a total eclipse will occur in the United States, and Charleston is in the path of totality.  South Carolina is the last state in the path of the eclipse that starts in Oregon, working its way across the country. Here, the partial phase starts at 1:16 pm, and totality will begin at 2:46 pm and last for a minute and half!

Important:  You must wear protective eyewear while the eclipse is in the partial phase.

Charleston has lots of fun ways to enjoy this once in a lifetime event – we’ve listed a few for you here.

The Great American Solar Eclipse on the Schooner Pride

Enjoy a two hour sail on the Schooner Pride and view the eclipse from the Charleston Harbor –

The Sound of Charleston

The Sound of Charleston presents a special concert on August 21st to celebrate the solar eclipse in Charleston.

2017 Eclipse with the Carolina Girl

Enjoy a three hour cruise departing from Ripley Light Marina, Open full bar and hors d’oeuvres. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the charity, “Darkness to Light: to End Child Sexual Abuse” —

Eclipse Baseball Game

Come join the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Park to watch the full solar eclipse! Get to know our solar system and learn more about the eclipse at The Joe with special guests from NASA and more —

Eclipse on a Warship

Families are invited to watch as the mighty USS Yorktown, known to many as the “Fighting Lady,” is transformed into the “Shaded Lady.” Dr. Christian Iliadis, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNC–Chapel Hill will give a special presentation and will be available during the eclipse to answer questions.

Lowcountry Stargazers

Join  the Lowcountry Stargazers at Palmetto Islands County Park – 444 Needlerush Pkwy, Mt Pleasant or Old Santee Canal Park – 900 Stony Landing Rd, Moncks Corner. Learn more about astronomy in the lowcountry and the eclipse with fellow amateur astronomers. Telescopes will be set up for safe solar viewing before and after the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Saltwater Ecotours

Coastal Expeditions is offering 3-hour kayak tours from their on-water locations at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Folly Beach. Naturalist guides will teach you the basics of kayaking and lead you into a protected spot to watch the moon slowly cover the sun.

The path of the eclipse goes directly over Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Coastal Expeditions is offering boat tours to Bulls Island (both to the dock and a Beach Drop) to witness the eclipse from the shores of this 5000 acre barrier island.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Join the party at MUSC Health Stadium for an eclipse tailgate in the path of totality! There will be fun for the whole family including live streams of the eclipse as happens, astronomy related activities, kids zone, local food, full bar, live entertainment, and more.

The Great American Solar Eclipse Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Queen

This special cruise includes a two hour Charleston Harbor Cruise, delicious Swig & Swine BBQ buffet, and live Blues music from Shrimp City Slim! Complimentary Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided.

The Great American Solar Eclipse on the Carolina Belle

Enjoy a 90 minute, live narrated Harbor History Tour followed by a spectacular viewing of the Great American Solar Eclipse!

Total Eclipse of the Art

Celebrate the 2017 solar eclipse with a prime viewing location in the Lenhardt Garden at the Gibbes Museum.

Visit for lots of good information about this amazing event!