The Guadalupe Valley is a Prime Location to Watch the Eclipse. Here’s Where and When to See It

Thursday, March 21, 2024

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On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass across the United States. The Guadalupe Valley falls right within the path of totality, which makes 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 The Guadalupe Valley so you don’t miss out. Here’s what you need to know. 

Eclipse Watching Events in The Guadalupe Valley

The eclipse should reach totality at The Guadalupe Valley by 11:33 AM on April 8 and last for 3 minutes and 13 seconds. 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.

There are several events happening in New Braunfels, too, and they anticipate more than 70,000 visitors! Some of these events around The Guadalupe Valley 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 The Guadalupe Valley

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:

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

Where to Stay in The Guadalupe Valley

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 The Guadalupe Valley has to offer. You’ll love vacationing in the beautiful Guadalupe Valley and preparing for the eclipse on Monday. Here are a few places to stay while you are here.

Rooms are booking up fast as more people prepare to visit Guadalupe Valley during the eclipse. Save your space now so you can enjoy the long weekend. 

Where to Dine in The Guadalupe Valley

During your stay in The Guadalupe Valley, there are plenty of great places to eat and drink. Here are some options to explore while you’re here.

Where to Find Eclipse Glasses in The Guadalupe Valley

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 at The Home Depot, H-E-B, and Lowe’s. The Gonzales Chamber of Commerce is offering eclipse glasses, too.

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. The Guadalupe Valley is one of the very few areas in the state that will experience 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 The Guadalupe Valley fast. Enjoy the eclipse in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas. We can’t wait to see you.

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