Shores & Islands promotes eclipse events across region

Apr 2, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

This map, provided by the Ohio Department of Education & Workforce, shows the line of eclipse totality.


All across the Lake Erie region, businesses and organizations are making plans to open their doors to the thousands of visitors who are expected to travel to the area for the best view of the April 8 total solar eclipse. Helping them promote their once-in-a-lifetime events is Shores & Islands Ohio, which has been working for months to ensure that visitors have the most fun they’ve ever had in the dark.

Shores & Islands Ohio Visitor Experience Specialist Abby Summers said the Port Clinton visitors center will open its doors for fun activities and eclipse viewing on April 8. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The Shores & Islands Ohio visitor centers in Port Clinton and Sandusky are giving away solar eclipse glasses and distributing pamphlets about the many eclipse events across the region. Options include everything from a juried art show at Bellevue Public Library and a Firelands Chorale performance at St. Mary’s Catholic Church to watch parties at area restaurants and parks.

Shores & Islands Ohio is offering eclipse glasses at no charge at its Port Clinton and Sandusky visitors centers. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Shores & Islands Ohio-West at 770 S.E. Catawba Rd. in Port Clinton will offer its own watch party on April 8.

“We’ll have arts and crafts for the kids, a giant inflatable and a selfie station, and at the time of the totality, we’ll all go in the backyard and watch the eclipse,” said Visitor Experience Specialist Abby Summers. “I’m really excited for it.”

Shores & Islands Ohio Visitor Experience Specialist Abby Summers models the eclipse glasses that are available at the visitors centers in Port Clinton and Sandusky. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The Shores and Islands Ohio website features detailed city-by-city information on eclipse events across the region and an interactive eclipse map that provides sun/moon alignment times across the Path of Totality. For more information, visit

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