Bastrop County is a Prime Location to Watch the Eclipse. Here’s Where and When to See it

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17 Mar 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass across the United States. Bastrop County has 99% coverage of the eclipse, making it one of the best places in Texas to see this rare event. Business owners and community leaders across the region are hosting events to watch the eclipse. There are family-friendly opportunities to learn about space and gatherings for adults as well.  

The next total solar eclipse in the United States isn’t until 2044, so make sure you visit Bastrop County so you don’t miss out. Here’s what you need to know. 

Eclipse Watching Events in Bastrop County

The eclipse should reach totality at Bastrop County by 12:20 PM on April 8 and last for 1 minute and 46 minutes. Even though the main event will only be a few minutes, the partial eclipse will last a few hours. There are plenty of events around town where you can watch the partial and total solar eclipse. Here are a few events that you should check out.

Many of these events are family-friendly and will have information about the eclipse and why it happens. This is a great opportunity for kids (and kids at heart) to learn about outer space. 

Where to Watch the Eclipse in Bastrop County

In addition to these events, there are several places around town where you can enjoy the eclipse by yourself. A few of these locations include:

  • Ferry Park
  • Lake Bastrop South Shore Park
  • Back 9 Bar
  • Bob Bryant Disc Golf Course

While these places aren’t hosting official eclipse parties, you might find some other residents and visitors to enjoy it with. The entire town of Bastrop is ready to watch this event. 

Where to Stay in Bastrop County

The total solar eclipse falls on a Monday, which is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a weekend getaway. Arrive Friday night or Saturday and enjoy all the amazing things that Bastrop County has to offer. You will love vacationing in our town and preparing for the eclipse on Monday. Here are a few places to stay while you are here.

For a complete list of other area accommodations, go to Rooms are booking up fast as more people prepare to visit Bastrop County during the eclipse. Save your space now so you can enjoy the long weekend. 

Where to Find Eclipse Glasses in Bastrop County

One of the most important parts of watching the Eclipse is using eye protection. Even though the moon will fully block out the sun, it’s still dangerous to look directly at it. NASA warns space fans to avoid looking at the sun, “through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front.” Fortunately, you can find plenty of eclipse glasses around town. Here are a few businesses carrying them:

  • The Home Depot
  • H-E-B Plus!
  • Bastrop Eye Care Center
  • Bastrop Science Center
  • Bastrop Electronics

Supply is limited, so make sure you find your safety eclipse glasses well ahead of April 8 in case they run out. 

What is an eclipse and what does totality mean?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun. Most of the United States will be unaffected by this event or will only experience a partial eclipse – which is when the moon only covers part of the sun. Bastrop County is one of the very few areas in the state that will experience near totality, which means the moon completely covers the sun. This rare event will occur for only a few minutes and won’t happen again for another twenty years. 

Make Your Eclipse Plans Today  

April 8 is fast approaching, so make your plans to visit Bastrop County fast. Enjoy the eclipse in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas. We can’t wait to see you.