Best places to watch the solar eclipse in Maryland

Maryland isn't one of the states where you can see the total solar eclipse, but that won't stop anyone from going outside to watch.

Here are some of the places offering viewing parties and activities in our area:

Port Discovery Children's Museum

35 Market Pl, Baltimore 

August 20, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

This is to get ready for the eclipse and is just for the kids. Kids can create solar eclipse art, learn about space, and get ready for the eclipse.

Click here for more information.

They will also offer a viewing party on August 21.

Maryland Science Center

601 Light Street, Baltimore

August 21, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join museum staff on the rooftop to safely observe the eclipse. There will be a variety of safe solar views and sun-themed activities.
 
You can attend the event by paying the cost of admission. More info here.  
 
Cylburn Arboretum

4915 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore

August 21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

You can observe a partial eclipse by making pinhole cameras and watching the moon's shadows cast by trees on the trails. For safety, they also offer eclipse glasses.
 
Click here for more information.
 
Observatory Park
 
100 Desellum Avenue, Gaithersburg
 
August 21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Gaithersburg will be at 85 percent totality. There will be solar viewing, solar activities, things to make and take, plus free solar viewers while supplies last. The event will also feature a live feed of the total eclipse.
 
Click here for more, including parking information. 
 
Harford County Public Library (Various Locations)
 
August 21, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Learn more about the sun, space, what makes an eclipse, and how to view it safely. You can then step outside and view the partial eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last.
 
Click here for a calendar of events at each location.
 
Capital SUP Annapolis
 
808 Boucher Ave, Annapolis
 
August 21, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
Watch the solar eclipse from the water in a kayak or on a stand up paddle board. Solar eclipse viewing glasses and water will be provided.
 
You do need to buy tickets for this. Click here for info.
 
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
 
300 Oella Ave, Catonsville
 
August 21, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Bring your own shoe box and make a pinhole camera to watch the eclipse from this spot.
 
Check it out here.
 
Tuckahoe State Park
 
13450 Cherry Lane, Ridgely
 
August 21, 1 pm. - 3 p.m
 
This is a free solar eclipse party at the ballfield in the Cherry Lane Campground area. The event will include themed crafts, music, snacks and a limited supply of viewing glasses.
 
More info here.
 
Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School
 
16701 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring
 
August 21
 
Watch the eclipse as you zip line. This is one unique way to enjoy the event.
 
Click here for information on reservations.
 
Baltimore County Public Library (Various Locations)

August 21, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Various library locations are offering events and activities leading up the solar eclipse. You can then step outside and watch for yourself.

Click here for a schedule of events.

Anne Arundel County (Various Locations) 

Stop by for events and activities to teach you about the solar eclipse, with a viewing to follow.

Events listed here

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