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Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse in New Jersey (and Nearby)

The Solar Eclipse… the Must SEE Phenomenon for spring 2024!

We keep hearing about the Solar Eclipse and how it will be stretching across the country on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

If you are anything like us you have mixed feelings about it. You have heard a lot about how it’s not safe to view the sun directly AND yet you want to have a solar eclipse experience with your kids because after all how often do we have a solar eclipse like this?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon completely blocks out the sun’s outer atmosphere called the corona. This is a rare event – the last solar eclipse visible in the continental United States was 2017 and the next will take place in 2044.

We understand and we are here to help. In 2017, Melanie and I put this list of places together of where to watch the solar eclipse in New Jersey. Now, I’m doing it again for 2024. We want to provide you with options for watching the solar eclipse with your kids. So whether you want to watch it at home with your kids on tv or livestream or you want to get out somewhere with your kids for a solar eclipse party in New Jersey, we want to help you with safe options.

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse in New Jersey

This 2024 total solar eclipse will have a path of totality that is roughly 115 miles wide from Mexico to Newfoundland.

Almost everyone in North America will see a partial solar eclipse, with the Moons’ shadow taking a chunk out of the Sun over about 2-3 hours. Only those who live or travel into the path of totality will have a view of the Sun’s corona during the height of the eclipse. While we aren’t in the path of totality, we will still get some pretty epic views in New Jersey.

Just like in 2017, eye doctors are warning us that any direct looking at the sun, either by accident or otherwise is harmful.

With that in mind, we proceeded to help you find a number of options for viewing the Solar Eclipse so that you can make the best decision for your family.

Where can I get solar eclipse sunglasses?

Unlike the 2017 solar eclipse where locations had the special glasses that everyone SHOULD use before viewing the solar eclipse, this year most locations are expecting guests to come with their own protective eyewear or they’ve already exhausted their free supply. But it can’t hurt to call ahead to ask.

Locations with solar eclipse glasses

These locations were giving out special glasses but supplies may be depleted.

  • The Camden County Library System
  • Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University

You can buy these NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses from Amazon using our affiliate link.

Some solar eclipse viewing parties will be teaching kids how to create their own safe viewers. Viewing a solar eclipse without proper eye protection can result in permanent damage and even blindness.

Why is the 2024 Solar Eclipse different than in 2017?

We were wondering about the differences between the 2017 and 2024 eclipses too. Aren’t they all the same? Watch this video for a good explanation.

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse in New Jersey

Is New Jersey in the path of totality? What can we expect to see?

New Jersey won’t be in the path of totality, but depending on where you go you may be able to see about 90% of the sun blocked by the moon for more than an hour at about 3:25 PM on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Below are locations in New Jersey where you can view the solar eclipse or view live broadcasts of it.

We’ve divided the New Jersey solar eclipse watching spots by region in New Jersey. Below is a brief blurb about them but you can learn more by clicking the links you see listed below. Please note that some events do require advance registration and some have an admission fee.

Watching the solar eclipse at NJ State Parks & Forests

New Jersey’s state parks and forests have big open spaces free from light pollution making them some of the best places in the Garden State to view the solar eclipse. The New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry, State Park Service has shared what kind of view you can expect at each of their state parks. We’ll share that below and organized events will be listed in the appropriate region.

Northern New Jersey

  • ☀️ 93.09% obscuration – High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans’ Memorial
  • ☀️ 92.50% obscuration – Worthington State Forest
  • ☀️ 92.29% obscuration – Wawayanda State Park
  • ☀️ 92.06% obscuration – Kittatinny Valley State Park
  • ☀️ 91.92% obscuration – Jenny Jump State Forest
  • ☀️ 91.90% obscuration – Ringwood State Park
  • ☀️ 91.58% obscuration – Hopatcong State Park
  • ☀️ 89.97% obscuration – Liberty State Park

Central New Jersey

  • ☀️ 90.98% obscuration – Spruce Run Recreation Area
  • ☀️ 90.75% obscuration – Round Valley Recreation Area
  • ☀️ 90.19% obscuration – Bulls Island Recreation Area
  • ☀️ 89.57% obscuration – Washington Crossing State Park
  • ☀️ 89.40% obscuration – Princeton Battlefield State Park
  • ☀️ 89.27% obscuration – Cheesequake State Park
  • ☀️ 88.67% obscuration – Monmouth Battlefield State Park
  • ☀️ 88.01% obscuration – Allaire State Park

Southern New Jersey

  • ☀️ 87.88% obscuration – Fort Mott State Park
  • ☀️ 87.51% obscuration – Brendan T Byrne State Forest
  • ☀️ 87.14% obscuration – Double Trouble State Park
  • ☀️ 86.93% obscuration – Parvin State Park
  • ☀️ 86.80% obscuration – Island Beach State Park
  • ☀️ 86.76% obscuration – Wharton State Forest (Batsto Village)
  • ☀️ 86.45% obscuration – Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
  • ☀️ 86.39% obscuration – Bass River State Forest
  • ☀️ 85.54% obscuration – Belleplain State Forest
  • ☀️ 84.50% obscuration – Cape May Point State Park

The NJ State Parks remind you that it’s early in their season and not all restrooms will be open and operational. Plan accordingly by reading our guide to Portable Potties Help Kids Pee & Poop Outside.

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse in North Jersey

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event in Paterson NJ at the Paterson Great Falls

Viewing the eclipse over the waterfalls at Paterson Great Falls sounds pretty epic. Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event with activities such as crafts, educational activities and learning about the science of eclipses.

  • Activities are Monday, April 8 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Admission is free.
  • Eclipse begins – 2:09 pm
  • Eclipse maximum – 3:24 pm
  • Eclipse ends – 4:35 pm
  • Address: Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave Ext, Paterson, NJ
  • Eclipse glasses will be available to borrow and distributed as supplies last.
  • Keep in mind parking at Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park is limited. Plan accordingly.
  • View our Solar Eclipse Viewing Event in Paterson at Overlook Park event listing.

New Jersey’s Largest Astronomy Party is in Jersey City!

To celebrate the solar eclipse, this momentous scientific moment, Liberty Science Center is gearing up to host New Jersey’s Largest Astronomy Party!

As part of the festivities, LSC will be offering to the attending guests:

  • Free solar viewing glasses 
  • Telescope viewings
  • Live webcast – rain or shine! 
  • Special planetarium shows and theater shows
  • Hands-on astronomy fun 

Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.

One word of caution regarding this event. We love the Liberty Science Center but we would be amiss not to tell you about our experience in 2017. Like hundreds, maybe thousands of other people we planned on attending the science center’s solar eclipse party in 2017, we could not get into the museum. Traffic was backed up at least an hour at the NJ Turnpike exit, the lines into the museum were around the corner, and there was no parking to be found at the museum or the nearby vicinity. My boys and I ended up turning around and headed back home to watch the eclipse from a TGIFridays restaurant.

I believe this event will be phenomenal. If interested in attending or planning to attend arrive early and plan for a Plan B. We have asked the Liberty Science Center PR’s team about the plans for crowd control and have not yet received a response.

Partial Solar Eclipse Event in Ringwood at New Jersey Botanical Garden

Join Rich Cahhayla-Wynne in the Carriage House courtyard to take a look at the solar eclipse. Solar Safety filters will be available for you to look through and solar safety glasses are available to purchase at the NJBG Gift Shop. Learn more in our Partial Solar Eclipse Event in Ringwood at New Jersey Botanical Garden event listing. Admission is free.

Watch from the forest observatory at Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope NJ

Jenny Jump State Forest: Visit the forest observatory starting at 1 pm to view the solar eclipse. The United Astronomy Clubs of NJ will be hosting an event for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse! It’s a free public program from 1-6 pm rain or shine. If you would like to attend, reservations are highly encouraged!
Jenny Jump is in the 90-95% totality band!

In the event of adverse weather, a live stream will be provided from a location with clear skies that you can watch at the observatory or from home online. Solar viewing equipment will be available for all attendees. Solar glasses will also be available for purchase at the observatory. For more information visit: http://www.uacnj.org/2024eclipse.php

Solar Eclipse Viewing in Hackensack

The Solar Eclipse Viewing in Hackensack at Hackensack Library is limited to Hackensack residents only. One family member must show proof of residency. For more details visit our Solar Eclipse Viewing in Hackensack event listing. Admission is free.

Solar Eclipse Party in Hawthorne

Children are invited to bring an adult and come learn about (and hopefully watch) the Total Solar Eclipse!

Through an educational grant, the Hawthorne Library’s Children’s Room acquired a limited number of solar glasses to be distributed at no cost to young patrons. Learn more in our Solar Eclipse Party in Hawthorne event listing. Admission is free.

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse in Central Jersey

New Jersey State Museum

While the New Jersey State Museum isn’t hosting a solar eclipse viewing they are helping guests get ready for the eclipse. They held “All About Eclipses” special programs, but ALL Planetarium shows will begin with a short “how to safely view the eclipse” talk and free eclipse glasses will be distributed at the end of shows, while supplies last.

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse in South Jersey

Atlantic County NJ Libraries Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties and Events

The Atlantic County Library invites families to join them for eclipse parties with games, glasses, food, and other eclipse-related fun. Registration is required for all events. They are holding events on Monday, April 8 in Absecon, Brigantine, Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor. Visit their Facebook events page for more details.

Watch the Solar Eclipse from Wharton State Forest

With big wide open spaces, the Wharton State Forest is the ideal location to view the solar eclipse this April! While there’s no ‘official’ event I can’t imagine a better space to watch as the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking our view of the sun and temporarily darkening the sky.

The eclipse will be visible, weather permitting, from Batsto and Atsion from roughly 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8. Admission is free. Be sure to bring eclipse glasses to view the event safely. Eclipse glasses are also available for purchase in the Basto Visitor Center Store.

Batsto Village Visitor Center is located at 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037. For more information, please call the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024.

boys at Historic Batsto Village
Historic Batsto Village

Solar Eclipse Hike in Woodbine at Belleplain State Forest

Join Belleplain staff for a hike to the park’s athletic field for eclipse viewing. Hikers will meet at the Belleplain office at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit our Solar Eclipse Hike in Woodbine at Belleplain State Forest event listing, call (609) 861-2404 or email [email protected].

Linwood Public Library Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Join Linwood Public Library on Monday, April 8, from 2-4 p.m. to watch the solar eclipse. They will have some viewing glasses available and supplies to make a cardboard viewer.

Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Join Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield for a solar eclipse viewing party on Monday, April 8th between 2-4:30 pm. They will be live streaming NASA’s broadcast of the total solar eclipse and will have telescopes for better viewing of the eclipse, and will be able to answer some questions and show how to use the telescopes.

More FREE Solar Eclipse-themed events in South Jersey

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse Near New Jersey in Philadelphia

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute

Join the Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for a free community-wide viewing party as the moon takes center stage to cast its shadow on the Earth! Safely observe the solar eclipse under large solar filter tents, or through specially equipped telescopes—or even your own eclipse glasses. Whether a seasoned stargazer or a first-time eclipse viewer, be prepared for an afternoon celestial celebration!

The event is free and open to the public. Museum admission is not included. Learn more at the Franklin Institute website.

Where to Watch The Solar Eclipse Near New Jersey in New York City

Watch the Solar Eclipse in New York at The Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Museum will host a special event on Monday, April 8, for visitors to watch the solar eclipse from the dramatic setting of the flight deck of the legendary aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid.

The eclipse will begin around 2:00 pm ET, with 89% totality for New York City set to occur at 3:25 pm ET.

While onboard, guests will learn more about this cosmic phenomenon from knowledgeable Museum educators as they explore the science of eclipses against the stunning backdrop of the New York City skyline and the Hudson River. Commemorative eclipse glasses will be provided to Museum guests at no additional cost during their visit, subject to availability. Learn more at the Intrepid Museum website.

View the Solar Eclipse from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center in New York City

Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center will host a solar eclipse viewing party on Monday, April 8 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The peak eclipse in New York City will start at approximately 3:15 pm and last until 3:39 pm. During this time, guests at Top of the Rock Observation Deck will have the extraordinary, once-in-a-decade opportunity to safely watch the solar eclipse while taking in 360-degree views of New York City to the soundtrack of celestial-themed music.

Those who purchase tickets on April 8 with ticket times between 12 pm – 2:30 pm will receive complimentary ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses from Warby Parker, along with an eclipse themed black and white cookie from The Weather Room.

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased here.

Solar Eclipse at Top of the Rock - Courtesy Tishman Speyer
Solar Eclipse at Top of the Rock – Courtesy Tishman Speyer

How to safely watch the Solar Eclipse from home

TV and cable stations broadcasting the Solar Eclipse live as it happens.

  • Confirmed for 2024
    • CNN
  • This was the 2017 coverage plan. We are working to confirm it for 2024.
    • CNN plans two hours of livestreaming accessible in virtual reality through Oculus and other VR headsets beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. Accompanying television coverage will include reporting from Oregon, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina.
    • The Science Channel will broadcast its live coverage from Madras, Oregon, from noon to 4 p.m. EDT, with commentary from educators and astronomers from the Lowell Observatory.
    • ABC will have two hours of live coverage reporting from viewing parties across the country.
    • NBC also plans live coverage special reports at 1 and 2 p.m. EDT featuring correspondents reporting from Oregon, Illinois, Wyoming and South Carolina.
    • Fox News Channel from noon to 4 p.m. EDT will update viewers on the eclipse and introduce footage from NASA and observatories around the country.
    • NASA Television begins at noon Eastern. It plans live streaming the eclipse beginning at 1 p.m. EDT with images from satellites, research aircraft, high-altitude balloons and specially modified telescopes.
    • The Weather Channel is kicking off its live coverage at 6 a.m. EDT and continuing throughout the day with dispatches from seven locations along the “path of totality.”

Websites live streaming the Solar Eclipse online as it happens

  • Confirmed for 2024
    • NASA TV
    • Exploratorium, a science museum based in San Francisco, invites the public to Dive into the eclipse experience with the Exploratorium’s telescope feeds and educational programming. For the total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024, they will be broadcasting live from the path of totality in Junction, Texas and Torreón, Mexico with 4 livecams streaming.
  • This was the 2017 coverage plan. We are working to confirm it for 2024.
    • TIME will stream the eclipse starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 on Time.com, along with its Facebook and YouTube pages.
    • Eclipse Across America: Will go high to broadcast. Check out the High Altitude Balloon Project in which ballooning groups launch high-altitude balloons with cameras up into the sky to capture views of the eclipse. Viewing is available at eclipse.stream.live.
    • Find out how elephants react to the Solar Eclipse with the Elephant Sanctuary‘s Facebook Live streaming event. The Tennessee-based Sanctuary has 13 solar-powered, live-streaming HD ‘EleCams’ located in the elephants’ habitats to allow for public viewing of the elephants. Around 2:30 p.m. (EST), viewers will be able to see darkness settle over the Sanctuary and observe how the animals will react (cameras will go dark briefly during totality). Tune in at www.elephants.com.

And then if you really do want to watch it from home, you and your children can make pinhole viewers with directions from Nasa at this link. You can also see if the solar eclipse glasses you may have already bought are safe by checking the list at this link.

The 2024 solar eclipse presents a unique opportunity for New Jersey families to create cherished family memories while witnessing a rare cosmic event together. With these various safe eclipse viewing locations across New Jersey, parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can engage kids in the wonder of the universe and grow their sense of curiosity and exploration and still have them in their own beds by bedtime. Be safe and take this chance to make the most of the eclipse with your loved ones without having to go too far from home.

How is your family planning to watch the Solar Eclipse?

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