Experience the Solar Eclipse in Dayton

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 event is a celestial rendezvous that will leave you speechless. Make Dayton, Ohio your destination to view the 2024 Great North American Eclipse, taking place on Monday, April 8!

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). Dayton will experience 2 minutes and 43 seconds of totality, beginning at 3:09 p.m. on April 8.

Make Your Plans Now

Conveniently located just minutes south of the Interstate 70/Interstate 75 interchange, Dayton is easily accessible from many parts of the country. The Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau is planning for a variety of events and activities surrounding the eclipse, and we're excited to announce that the grounds of the free National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will be 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!

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

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You can also read more about planning for the eclipse at our Discover Dayton Blog.

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!

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A group of individuals, wearing solar eclipse glasses and looking to the sky, as if they are viewing a solar elcipse.

Solar Eclipse Safety

Make sure you know and follow the proper safety precautions when viewing a solar eclipse. You can visit our FAQ & Resources page, as well as the Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health eclipse page for more information.

3 Fun Solar Eclipse Facts

1. This marks the first time since 1806 that Ohio has witnessed a total solar eclipse 

2. This will be the last total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. until 2044

3. This will be the last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio until 2099

Translation: You don't want to miss this historic event!

Enter to Win a Solar Eclipse Get-Away!

We have an exciting opportunity for you to win a solar eclipse get-away in Dayton! Complete and submit the form below to be entered for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Drury Inn & Suites Dayton North on April 7 & 8, plus a Dayton Solar Eclipse Gift Basket.

The deadline to enter is March 9.

About the Hotel

Drury Inn & Suites Dayton North is located off I-75, only 10 minutes away from downtown attractions. Free hot breakfast is served daily as well as hot food and cold beverages every evening at our 5:30 Kickback®. You’ll rest well in your Drury room during your visit to Dayton! Each room includes free Wi-Fi, TV, microwave, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

The Dayton Solar Eclipse Gift Basket includes:

  • 1 box of Dayton’s Esther Price chocolates
  • 2 Solar Eclipse glasses
  • 2 tickets to the Air Force Museum Theatre (located at the primary eclipse viewing location, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)
  • 2 Dayton Solar Eclipse t-shirts
  • Dayton Visitors Guide
  • Bags of Cheez-It® crackers (they were invented in Dayton, you know!)
  • 2 Dayton-themed bottled waters

One entry per person. Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. The deadline to enter is March 9 - good luck!

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Featured Events in the Dayton Area

Numerous Dayton-area events will take place before, during and after the eclipse - make it and extended stay in Dayton! Check out a selection of some featured events below.

Planning to hold a public solar eclipse event? Submit it for inclusion on our calendar of events!

Calendar of Events: April 1-15


Additional Information for Planning Your Eclipse Visit

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