Myrtle Beach Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide
The first total eclipse to touch the U.S. in over 25 years and the first eclipse to travel along the U.S. coast-to-coast in nearly 100 years will cross over South Carolina’s coast for a once in a lifetime experience on Monday, August 21.
The moon’s shadow will touch the state of South Carolina at 2:36 p.m., crossing over major cities like Greenville and Columbia before it travels over Georgetown, Charleston and other South Carolina cities and towns near the coast, before exiting the U.S.
A partial eclipse will be viewed by most of the Grand Strand, including Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet. However, a partial eclipse doesn’t make this event any less spectacular as 99% of the sun will be covered by the moon. If you’re on the Grand Strand, heading further south to Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Charleston will allow you to view totality (i.e. where the moon will cover the entire sun).
Maximum eclipse in Myrtle Beach will be reached at 2:47 p.m.
Pawleys Island will hit totality at 2:47 p.m. with 39 sec of totality.
Georgetown will hit totality at 2:46 p.m. with 1 min and 44 sec of totality.
It will be best to keep up with the cloud coverage so you can relocate if need be and find a better spot to witness totality.
Wearing special viewing glasses or eye protection is a MUST if you’re viewing the sun when it’s partially eclipsed. Many of the events listed below will hand out viewing glasses with admission.
There are plenty of special festivals and spots to visit along the Grand Strand and Georgetown to enjoy this once in a lifetime event! Check them out below:
Black Hole Sun Party at the House of Blues
The House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach will be hosting their own viewing party to celebrate the natural event. The Black Hole Sun Party includes drink and foods specials, including margaritas and craft beer. There will also be free live music and viewing glasses will be handed out for free.
The fun starts at 12 p.m. Monday, August 21.
Solar Eclipse at Myrtle Beach State Park
The Myrtle Beach State Park will also host their own viewing party for the solar eclipse. Head to shelter B3 at the park where the Children in Nature Program will be on hand.
You can purchase your viewing glasses at the pier or you can bring your own. Parking is free with park admission.
Eclipse Day at the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk will be holding their own viewing party, where you’ll be able to see partial eclipse starting at 1:15 p.m. The MarshWalk will definitely be vibrant despite the shadow the moon will be casting, with all of the restaurants and bars that line the strip.
Brookgreen Gardens Solar Eclipse Festival
Brookgreen Gardens will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music, food and drinks for purchase, and multiple live streaming feeds from both NASA and the aviary at Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo, which will provide a unique viewing experience for festival-goers.
Solar eclipse activities and crafts will be available for kids, conducted by the Creative Education department at Brookgreen.
Viewing glasses are included with admission. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids up to 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Moon Shadow Over Hopsewee Eclipse Celebration
The Moon Shadow Over Hopsewee Eclipse Celebration is located at the Hopsewee Plantation in Georgetown from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to live music, dancing, food and drinks, and opportunities to take sweetgrass basket classes and plantation tours.
Tickets are currently sold out.
North Santee River Eclipse Viewing
If you missed out on tickets for the Moon Shadow Over Hopsewee Eclipse Celebration, you can head to a beautiful, 9-acre field on the North Santee River, just past the Hopsewee Plantation, dotted with live oaks around the field.
Be sure to bring your own food, drinks, chairs, shade and viewing glasses. It is recommended that you bring sunscreen and bug spray. Generators, grills, pets, drugs, or weapons are not allowed.
Gates to the field will open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
The field is located at 275 Santee Landing Road in Georgetown, SC, 29440.
Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour
You can experience the total solar eclipse with Black River Outdoors Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour. You’ll paddle down the beautiful Santee River. There will also be experts to provide information and facts about the solar eclipse. Viewing glasses will be provided.
You’ll also the chance to see native wildlife, like alligators, snakes and herons, and how they interact with the eclipse.
The tour is guided and is for all levels of kayaking experience. Tickets are $100 for children and adults ($75 of each ticket benefits the rebuilding of the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center).
Be sure to keep up with this post for further details on events.
From The Blog
Want to learn more? Check out these articles written by our staff:
The end of the busy summer season in Myrtle Beach is in sight and that means hotels are competing to offer some of the best rates for your stay. That means …
The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Am will take place from August 28-September 1, 2017. This special golf tournament sees players from all 50 states as wel …
Note: This is part of an occasional “Spotlight” series where we take a closer look at a local attraction. Today we’re visiting one of the …
If you’re like most people, your Myrtle Beach vacation will probably include a lot of time spent around various forms of water. That’s kind of the poin …
Meat-lovers, rejoice! Our loyal visitors weighed in on their favorite restaurants in town to get a juicy steak in our inauguaral Beachie awards. This list …
Myrtle Beach’s expansive food resume doesn’t just stop at seafood or American dining. Options for international flavors like Mexican can also …
Myrtle Beach is home to dozens of buffets and it’s often times hard to pick which one to visit first. The options are nearly endless, including seafo …
Convenient and delicious, pizza is a go-to meal for beach lovers. There’s no shortage of options for great pizza throughout the Myrtle Beach area. From N …
Looking for a delicious Italian meal in Myrtle Beach? Whether you want a fine-dining experience with white tablecloths or a quick bite at an authentic Ital …
Sit back and watch the big game at one of our featured spots to score some delicious wings. Or fill your appetite after a long day at the beach. Eat emR …
Are you looking for a place to have your wedding in Myrtle Beach? If so, this is a great list to help you get started. From extravagent reception halls in …
Over the past several years, the regulations regarding what types of beach tents, umbrellas, and canopies are allowed on Grand Strand beaches have become a …