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5 Best Places to Watch Solar Eclipse 2017

5 Best Places to Watch Solar Eclipse 2017 in Kissimmee

Greetings space fans! You might have heard about the now-famous #Eclipse2017, as NASA is calling it. On August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse visible in totality (that means the sun will be totally blocked) across the United States in an area about 2,500 miles long and 70 miles wide, in an arc from Oregon to South Carolina.

It’s a pretty big deal because it’s the first total eclipse to arrive in America since February 1979 (other than Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart,’ which came out several years later, in 1983). It’s also the first total solar eclipse to pass across the contiguous United States since June 1918.

Eclipse 2017 Time in Kissimmee

Here in Kissimmee, we’re very close to the ‘path of totality,’ just 30o miles northeast in South Carolina, and while we’re not in the direct path, we can still expect a pretty cool show.

In Kissimmee, 84% of the sun will disappear behind the passing moon. The partial eclipse will begin around 1:19 p.m. EDT and end at 4:15 p.m. EDT, with peak eclipse time in the Kissimmee area happening at 2:41:32 p.m. EDT. Set your alarms, and be sure to head outside for this spectacular natural event. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until April 2024 to see the next American total solar eclipse.

Whether your vacation has you gallivanting around our world-famous theme parks, kicking back and relaxing by the pool, or kayaking through the Gateway to the Everglades®, here are some ideas for how to spend an afternoon that’ll ‘eclipse’ the rest of your vacation memories.

1. Eclipse in the Sky

First things first—with an eclipse this exciting, we’re taking to the sky! Don’t forget your eclipse glasses on the ground as you take off in a helicopter or classic plane.  Our air excursions are exhilarating year-round, but flying past an eclipse is definitely something you won’t see every day.

2. Eclipse in Nature

An amazing natural event deserves an amazing natural backdrop, don’t you agree? At The DOCKS at Shingle Creek, you can explore the waters surrounding Lake Toho. We especially like the idea of going for a picnic on Makinson Island, and watching the Eclipse from there in the afternoon. An island picnic, kayaking, and an eclipse—why watch from the outdoors when you can watch from the Great Outdoors, am I right?

3. Eclipse at the Theme Parks

Just the thought of capturing an epic eclipse family photo while enjoying some of the world-class theme park rides, that you can find at Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida, Universal Studios Florida, or Islands of Adventure is enough to make your Instagram feed go wild. Luckily, we’re just next door, and hopping over to these parks is a quick drive. Here’s how to travel to all the major theme parks from Kissimmee.

If you’re in the Magic Kingdom, you might consider paying a visit to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, where in addition to a galaxy of hot American food choices, you just might run into the aptly-named ‘Sonny Eclipse’, a lounge singer from ‘Yew Nork’ on the Planet Zork.

4. Eclipse on the Green

Because no hubbub about a big eclipse is going to mess with your golf game on this vacation. With the wide, open space on the course, you’ll actually have a perfect view of the skies ‘fore’ viewing the Eclipse. Plan to tee off at your favorite hole around 2:40 p.m. EDT when the eclipse is at its peak.

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, we invite you to join our 365 days of golf, and explore our courses.

5. Eclipse on an Airboat

Like a theme park ride, but real! There’s no better way to pretend you’re in a sci-fi film and simultaneously enjoy nature, than zooming over the pristine headwaters of the Florida Everglades on one of our partners’ unique airboat adventures, as the sun is slowly blotted out behind you.

The entire eclipse will last almost three hours, so plan accordingly, whether you want to go on your airboat adventure during the beginning, middle, or end.

Safety Tips for Watching an Eclipse

We’ve talked about a lot of fun so far, and eclipses are just so cool, it’s no wonder we want to stare at them, but looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes—even if you don’t realize it. Please remember to follow NASA’s Safety Guidelines, and take a peek at this handy graphic below.

Close up of an Experience Kissimmee, Florida infographic for the eclipse in 2017 with multiple images.

Share Your Eclipse 2017 Photos!

We’d love to see your Eclipse 2017 pictures from Kissimmee! Share with us on Instagram using #MyKissimmee so we can see what Eclipse 2017 looks like throughout the area. Are you planning something special in Kissimmee for Eclipse 2017? Tell us about it in the comments!

Oh, and don’t forget to have a great vacation. 

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