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The Best Places To Watch The Solar Eclipse In Columbus

It’s not every day that exciting, celestial events are viewable from Columbus, Ohio. But on August 21st, that’s all going to change.

If you’ve been planning for the eclipse for months, you’re probably headed out of town. But if you’re staying in the capital city, have no fear. There are plenty of places you can head to for the Solar Eclipse.

The solar eclipse is exciting, but those who want to watch should be prepared. It’s dangerous to look at the sun, even during an eclipse event. If you’d like to purchase eclipse glasses, you can do so. Perkins Observatory has approved glasses for sale at five Columbus Half-Priced Books locations including:

  • Lane Ave
  • Reynoldsburg
  • Carriage Place
  • Lewis Center
  • Westerville
  • Columbus Metro Parks

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    Columbus Metro Parks are hosting viewing parties at several different locations around the city. The event will provide family-friendly, hands-on activities. A limited number of solar glasses will be provided, so it may be wise to bring your own! Locations hosting eclipse events are:

    Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

    Blacklick Woods Metro Park

    Blendon Woods Metro Park

    Homestead Metro Park

    Inniswood Gardens Metro Park

    Rocky Fort Metro Park

    Scioto Grove Metro Park

    Three Creeks Metro Park

    Library Events

    A variety of public libraries will be holding Solar Eclipse Events. Columbus Metropolitan Libraries will have events at every branch, in association with COSI.

    Bexley Public Library

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    The Bexley Public Library invites guests to view the solar eclipse from their patio from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be space-themed storytime and eclipse crafts for the kiddos, but all ages are welcome. Unfortunately, they have given away their limited number of eclipses glasses, so if you don’t already have them, you’ll need to bring your own.

    Westerville Public Library

    From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., guests can view the solar eclipse from the front lawn of the Westerville Public Library. The library isn’t giving away solar eclipse glasses, but they will be available for attendees to share during the event.

    Upper Arlington Public Library

    The official event will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tremont Library. There will be a limited number of glasses and pinhole cameras to share during the event.

    Southwest Public Libraries

    Although Southwest Public Libraries is all out of solar eclipse glasses, they are still hosting a viewing event at their Grove City location from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Crafts, storytime, and more will be available for attendees.

    Granville Public Library

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    From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., guests can attend the Granville Public Library solar eclipse event. Granville High School Physics teacher Mike Bait will be onsite to help attendees learn about what to expect with the solar eclipse, as well as helping guests photograph the event. Younger kiddos can participate in eclipse crafts and activities.

    Adult Events

    Land-Grant Brewing

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    Head to Land-Grant Brewing for a unique eclipse viewing event! COSI will be at the event with science demonstrations and solar eclipse activities. The event lasts from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The first 15 guests to order a beer will recieve a free Land-Grant “Beer-clipse” poster, and they will be available to all attendees for just $5. Sunnyside Taco Truck will also be at the event, serving up delicious tacos to soak up your lunch beer!

    DogTap at BrewDog

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    DogTap will be hosting a Black Out party for the solar eclipse. Enjoy space-themed menu items as well as some delicious beer. Don’t forget to bring a blanket for the lawn, as well as your solar eclipse viewing glasses. The event lasts from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

    Want to throw your own party instead of headding out? Here are some tips for a successful Eclipse Viewing Party!

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    Get your hands on some NASA approved eclipse glasses, or make a pinhole camera for yourself!

    Invite your best friend over.

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    Whip up some space themed desserts.

    Don’t forget the perfect solar eclipse cocktail.

    Throw on some celestial-inspired jams.

    And of course, have fun viewing the first total solar eclipse over America in 100 years!

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