Experience the Solar Eclipse in Dayton

Did you get "Mooned" in Dayton?
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Dayton, Ohio was in the path of totality for the 2024 Great North American Eclipse, on Monday, April 8, experiencing 2 minutes and 43 seconds of total darkness, beginning at 3:09 p.m.

When the moon passes directly in front of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse, it is a truly awe-inspiring sight! The sky darkens, stars and planets become visible, and the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, is revealed. This rare celestial rendezvous will leave you speechless.

The Great North American Eclipse will be a celestial spectacle stretching from Mexico to Canada, and passing through 14 states in the U.S. While most of the country will experience some degree of darkness, the path of totality (the time that the sun is entirely blocked by the moon) will cross multiple states, beginning in southern Texas and arching across Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Vermont (along with portions of neighboring states). 

Make Your Eclipse Plans

USA TODAY named Dayton one of the 12 best places in the country to see the eclipse! Conveniently located just minutes south of the Interstate 70/Interstate 75 interchange, Dayton is easily accessible from many parts of the country.

Where to See the Eclipse in Dayton

The Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau is planning for a variety of events and activities surrounding the eclipse, and the grounds of the free National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will serve as a primary viewing location for the eclipse in the Dayton area! The museum offers ample free parking and viewing space, as well as access to the museum’s world-renowned collection, featuring 19 indoor acres of exhibits and more than 360 aerospace vehicles! Click the image below for more information about everything they have planned for the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Day graphic, showing a boy, wearing solar eclipse viewing glasses, standing in front of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Watch here and on our social media channels for updates and more information about events, things to do, and places to stay. You can also read more about planning for the eclipse at our Discover Dayton Blog. Come early and stay after - Dayton has many things to do and attractions to see!

Make your reservations early, as area hotels are filling fast. Follow the link below to learn about special eclipse packages at area hotels.

Click to view solar eclipse hotel packages

View a complete list of Montgomery County hotels here.

Be sure to take the opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget! Make plans to join us in Dayton for the 2024 Great North American Eclipse. Be part of history and witness the magic of the cosmos!

AB Variation:

Get in the eclipse spirit with our Spotify Playlist!

Eclipse Photo Gallery

Enter to Win - Contests Now Closed

Image of a t-shirt that says, "I got mooned in Dayton - Eclipse, April 8, 2024" on itThank you to everyone who entered for a chance to win our limited-edition "I got mooned in Dayton" t-shirt and solar eclipse glasses. Our  contest has now closed. Congratulations to the winners!


**No prizes will be shipped.**

The Dayton CVB Offices are located at the Dayton Convention Center, corner of Fifth & Main Streets in downtown Dayton (look for exteriors signs at the Convention Center).
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Office Hours on April 8: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 4 - 5:30 p.m. (closed 2-4 p.m. for the eclipse)
Phone: 1-800-221-8235 (toll free) | 937-226-8211

We also send congratulations to Nicole from Tennessee, who won our Dayton Eclipse Get-Away package - enjoy your eclipse experience in Dayton!

Planning Your Eclipse Visit

Featured Events in the Dayton Area

Numerous Dayton-area events will take place before, during and after the eclipse - make it an extended stay in Dayton! Check out a selection of some featured events below, as well as a full calendar of events taking place around Montgomery County during the first two weeks of April. Holding a public solar eclipse event in Montgomery County? Submit it for inclusion in our calendar of events!


Montgomery County Calendar of Events: April 1-15

The calendar below shows all events happening in Montgomery County during the first two weeks of April. You can use the "Categories" dropdown and select "Solar Eclipse" to search and sort by eclipse-specific events.


While Experiencing the Eclipse in Dayton, Explore the Area's Other Aviation Sites!

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in partnership with the National Aviation Heritage Area