Where to view the solar eclipse in Tampa Bay

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Tampa Bay area isn’t a prime viewing location for the total solar eclipse on April 8, but residents can still get in on the fun.

The region will still see a partial eclipse that covers about 60% of the sun. Of course, residents will need special eclipse glasses or viewers – or a very pricey telescope – to safely view it.

Here are some family-friendly eclipse events happening around Tampa Bay.

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Pinellas County

The St. Petersburg College planetarium will host an outdoor watch party beginning at 1:30 p.m., about 15 minutes before the moon begins to obstruct the sun. The eclipse will end at 4:14 p.m.

Parking information can be found on the SPC website.

In collaboration with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival will host an eclipse party. Attendees can watch a special sand sculpting demonstration as the eclipse gets underway. The first 2,500 visitors will receive eclipse glasses to view the event.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum will host their “Solar Eclipse Day” at Crescent Lake Park in St. Pete. The museum recommends guests bring their own eclipse glasses, but if they want to get crafty, there are some suggestions for homemade eclipse viewers on their website.

The Safety Harbor Public Library plans to host a viewing party at the Safety Harbor Waterfront Park. Free eclipse glasses will be provided at the event, which is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Seminole Community Library will host eclipse viewers at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus. Guests should bring their own blankets, chairs, snacks, and water. There will be limited seating to watch a live stream indoors. The library will provide eclipse glasses while supplies last.

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Hillsborough County

The Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa will host a ticketed viewing party that includes educator-led, hands-on activities for kids. Guests can begin using their tickets at 10 a.m. if they want to explore the museum before the eclipse.

Tickets are available now. Admission costs $18.50 for adults and $14.50 for children. Each ticket includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

The following Hillsborough County libraries will host viewing parties of NASA’s total eclipse livestream:

  • Egypt Lake Partnership Library

  • John F. Germany Public Library

  • SouthShore Regional Library

The Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library will host an educational eclipse viewing party for kids. Registration is recommended.

In Plant City, the Bruton Memorial Library will host an outdoor watch party. Guests are urged to bring blankets and chairs so they can sprawl out on the lawn. The library will start giving out eclipse glasses at 1 p.m. They will be limited to two glasses per family.

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