In case you haven’t heard, on August 21st, the United States will have the opportunity to witness the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in almost 100 years. Now, while everyone will be able to see a partial eclipse on this historic date, only a narrowed path will be in the path of totality, or will have the opportunity to see the full solar eclipse. This solar eclipse is estimated to occur from Oregon all the way to South Carolina, and marks the first time that an eclipse’s path of totality will encompass solely the United States of America (God bless the USA, am I right?).
For residents of Music City and for those who have been meaning to visit, I have good news for you. Not only is Nashville directly under the path of totality, but it is the largest city in the path, which means you will be able to see a TOTAL solar eclipse in about a month. As an amateur photographer and someone that lives to experience the world around me, I am so excited to experience the eclipse, and did not hesitate to ask off work so that I could experience this with my family. For those of you reading, I’ve compiled a guide to the solar eclipse to enhance your experience. Keep reading to see where to view it and other details about the eclipse.
Partial Eclipse Start: 11:58 AM CST
Period of Totality Start: 1:27 PM CST
Period of Totality End: 1:29 PM CST
Partial Eclipse End: 2:54 PM CST
The home of the Nashville Sounds will be hosting a joint eclipse viewing party and baseball game for any of you baseball fans out there. The Nashville Symphony will be performing prior to the period of totality, and will be followed by a Sounds game at 4:00 PM that afternoon. Tickets for the eclipse can be found here and tickets for the game can be purchased for the whole family here.
If there’s anyone prepared to educate your children about eclipses, it’s the Adventure Science Museum. They will be hosting a full weekend’s worth of events, and the outdoor activities are free to the public.
For the eclipse, Cheekwood is offering half-priced admission, live music, food trucks, and fun for the whole family to experience the eclipse. More information and ticket pricing here.
If you love animals as much as I do, this will be the perfect viewing spot for you to see the eclipse. The first 5,000 guests will receive free eclipse glasses. Not to mention, the Nashville Zoo offers the experience to enter the kangaroo habitat and pet a kangaroo (included with admission), so a trip to the zoo is always a good idea in my book.
For those of you that enjoy experiencing culture, I have some good news for you. Not only will this be a great viewing spot for the eclipse, but you will also have the opportunity to experience the Italian Lights Festival at this exact location. Enjoy some Italian food and music, grape stomping, and family-friendly fun to kick off the solar eclipse! It’s guaranteed to make a memory you’ll never forget.
This venue is located on the pedestrian bridge that is so famous for that iconic skyline Nashville picture that you have to get when you visit! Admission to this viewing party is free, and a cash bar will be available.
This rooftop party sponsored by Blue Moon will also give you exclusive access to the George Jones museum while you prepare to see the solar eclipse right over the Nashville Skyline.
If you’re hoping to view the eclipse from the water, this is going to be your best bet. Pontoon Saloon is hosting an eclipse viewing party that will position you within view of the skyline just in time to see the solar eclipse. The cruise is BYOB and reservations can be made here.
To get the true Nashville experience, book your eclipse tickets on the General Jackson’s Showboat today. Though the price is more expensive than the other mentioned viewing parties, you’ll be able to sail the Cumberland river, enjoy country music and southern food, and head back to the downtown harbor just in time for the eclipse. If you’re traveling to see the eclipse, this is one of the best ways to experience a Nashville tourist attraction and see the eclipse all at once!
In preparation for the eclipse, the Grand Ole Opry will be hosting a concert on August 20th featuring Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Wynonna Judd for a night you’re sure to remember. The day of the eclipse, the celebration will continue with a free viewing party including BBQ, music, and more. (And don’t forget, it’s Nashville, and you never know who will make a surprise appearance)
The Hermitage will have tailgating available for the eclipse as early as 8:30 AM. Food trucks will also be in attendance, so bring your appetite! Admission to the Hermitage will be discounted the day of the eclipse, so you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see Andrew Jackson’s home!
For the day of the eclipse, Nashville Paddle is offering a 3 hour paddle experience during which you can experience the solar eclipse from the Cumberland River!
Reserve a kayak with River Queen voyages for an experience to remember! Reservations can be made here.
The Nashville area has TONS of state parks if you want to view the solar eclipse without the hype of a viewing party. Each offers something a little different.
-Radnor Lake State Park
-Cedar Hill Park
-Shelby Bottoms Park
-Edwin and Percy Warner Park
-Cedars of Lebanon
-Fall Creek Falls
For more information about the solar eclipse, read this article here.