On Monday August 21st, 2017 the moon will eclipse the sun for a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. There are spots within Aiken County that will be within the path of totality and a prime target for this special astronomical phenomenon. Downtown Aiken will be 99.9% eclipsed and will be in the "diamond phase" of the eclipse much longer than most locations, therefore Aiken is "the jewel of the eclipse." This will be your chance to witness a spectacle that has not been seen in the continental United States since 1979, when a total solar eclipse was visible from five Northwestern states. Even more compelling, a transcontinental, total eclipse of the sun that passes from coast to coast has not occurred in the U.S. since 1918.
UPDATE: This event is sold out.
On August 21st Camp Gravatt will be the place to view the phenomenon in Aiken County--with 2 minutes and 4 seconds of totality and incredible activities throughout the day make plans to be here! Activities include: swimming, canoeing, hiking, archery, fishing, games, eclipse-related educational activities, a critter show and tell, zipline, pony rides, food trucks, and space candy.
Don't just come for the day, but make a weekend of it! There are many events leading up to August 21st including DuPont Planetarium shows, a viewing party and equestrian event at Stable View, a music festival, and an eclipse viewing and meet a ranger event at Aiken State Park.
Don't just come for the eclipse, make a trip out of it! Stay at an award winning hotel or quaint bed and breakfast. With accommodations for groups, families, and even furry friends find out which Aiken accommodation fits you best.
Check out what all the fuss is about in this local guide on Why You Need to be in Aiken for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.
While here make sure you experience all that Aiken has to offer. A trip to Aiken means getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks and bustling shopping. As you explore Aiken you will notice a thriving downtown that has much to offer, equine heritage, and beautiful scenery.