Aug 16 2017

Experience a Total Eclipse on the South Carolina Coast

The Great American Eclipse will traverse the United States for 94 minutes before exiting off the coast of South Carolina on August 21.

While hundreds of thousands of visitors are already flocking to SC for vacations as high season winds down, even more are expected to visit during the eclipse. This is because SC is the only location to experience totality within 100 miles for millions in the region.

Those in the Charleston will experience the eclipse from 2:46-2:48 p.m. on Aug. 21. Totality will be visible over Charleston and its beaches (including Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Seabrook, Kiowah Island, and Edisto Beach) at 2:46 p.m.

Weather conditions are forecasted to be fair on Aug. 21, meaning there should be a clear view of the eclipse in the Charleston area.

Eclipse Activities in the Area

To view the eclipse from the water for a truly unique experience, considering one of the following events:

Stay on Seabrook Island and join us for a viewing on The Ocean Terrace! This is a private event for those staying on the island. The Club will provide live music & bar service will be available for purchase from 1:30-3:30pm.  The first 450 people with viewing glasses for the event. Book a Seabrook Island vacation home.

Celebrate this rare celestial event at Freshfields Village! On Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. enjoy a variety of family friendly activities, music, food and more on the Village Green. A limited number of free eclipse glasses will distributed to the first attendees.

Edisto Watersports and Tackle is offering a ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ eclipse excursion from 1 – 4 p.m. This three-hour river cruise is $60 for adults and $30 for kids. Edisto Watersports and Tackle is also offering a kayak excurision from 1:30 – 4 p.m. This event is $50 for adults and $25 for kids.

If you want to get back to nature, try the Eclipse Kayak Tour to Capers on Aug. 20. This event involves paddling out to Caper’s Island to camp the day before the eclipse. Campers will explore the island and wait for the view of the eclipse before heading back to the mainland. Call 843-568-3222 for more information about this event.

Rather stay on dry land? Check out “Sip The Eclipse” Rooftop Blackout Event at the Carolina Ale House above Marion Square. The rooftop opens at 1 p.m. There will be a DJ and food and drink specials. Call 843-312-1947 for more information.

Fleet Landing, located at 186 Concord St., is hosting the Blackout Bash from noon to 4 p.m. and will offer beer, music, food, and fun during the eclipse. Attendees will also be given glasses. Food trucks and vendors will be on site.

Admission to this event is free. Call 843-722-8100 for more information.

Another great location to view the eclipse is on Pier 101 on Folly Beach. The total eclipse viewing party is from 1-4 p.m. and features live music from the Band of Brothers. Contact 843-633-0246 for more information.

Stay Safe During the Eclipse

Remember to protect your eyes from the eclipse by wearing special glasses. Also, with the influx of people in the area, travel time will take longer as the roads are congested. Allow yourself extra time to get to and from you destination.

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