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2024 Eclipse Path Texas (where to watch + a map!)

The Great North American Solar Eclipse will soon occur on April 8, 2024 and Texans are gearing up for the occasion! The 2024 Eclipse Path in Texas goes right across the state meaning that many towns are in the path of totality and will have the best places to see a total eclipse!

With the path of totality passing through several parts of the state, seeing the solar eclipse in Texas in 2024 offers an exciting opportunity! Whether you’re a seasoned eclipse chaser or a first-timer, there are a few things you need to know to make the most of the experience. First and foremost, you need to find a good viewing spot. The path of totality will pass through several parts of Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, but the duration of totality will vary depending on your location.

For example, as a local to the Austin area, we know we are along the edge of the path of totality so we can see the eclipse from our house, but not for as long as we would in Waco or Fredericksburg. It’s important to research the best viewing locations in advance and plan accordingly.

So, that’s where we come in! Check out the best places to see the Texas solar eclipse path in 2024 as well as learn about other things to do in each area including fun eclipse events and viewing parties. We will keep updating this list a new events and details are released.

Hotels are filling up, so don’t delay in booking an overnight stay if you are coming from out of town!

2024 solar eclipse map Texas - path of totality

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What is the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Texas?

The 2024 Solar Eclipse is a rare astronomical event that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the Sun’s light and casting a shadow on the Earth.

This will be the first Total Solar Eclipse visible in the United States since 2017 and the first to be visible in Texas since 1979. The eclipse will last for a maximum of 4 minutes and 28 seconds, and it will be visible as a partial eclipse from other parts of North America.

The path of totality for the 2024 Solar Eclipse will pass through Texas, making it an excellent location to view the event. A partial eclipse will begin around noon and last for 2.5 hours. The duration of the total eclipse is less than 5 minutes.

Solar Eclipse - Coming to Texas in 2024

Where Can You View the Eclipse in Texas?

The 2024 eclipse path in Texas will pass through the state, with the cities of Dallas and Waco being the closest to the centerline, with plenty of small towns planning viewing parties and festivals to celebrate the event.

Texas weather in April lends a high probability for clear skies with clouds to obstruct the views, more so than other states at this time of year. April in Texas is also just plain wonderful – literally my favorite time of year in the state due to gorgeous weather, dazzling wildflowers, and the overall beauty of spring. If you are traveling for spring break in Texas, even better!

The table below shows the duration of totality for some of the major cities in Texas:

Cities in Path of TotalityDuration of Totality
Dallas3 minutes 51 seconds
Waco4 minutes 11 seconds
San Antonio2 minutes 3 seconds
Austin1 minutes 44 seconds

Below, you can see that plenty of small towns are in the path of totality’s center and offer a longer viewing opportunity. If that is important to you, make sure to check which towns have the longest duration and are therefore located closer to the center of the eclipse path.

Places with Longest DurationDuration of Totality
Kerrville4 minutes 25 seconds
Fredericksburg4 minutes 24 seconds
Lampasas4 minutes 24 seconds
Concan4 minutes 25 seconds
Burnet4 minutes 26 seconds
Eagle Pass4 minutes 24 seconds

Best Places to Go in the 2024 Eclipse Path in Texas

All cities and towns listed below are in the path of totality but their viewing duration differs based on where they are located in the path. We have listed them below in order of duration. Viewing times for other towns not listed can be found here.

Burnet

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 26 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:34 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:17 pm – 2:57 pm

Burnet is in the center of the 2024 eclipse path in Texas and they are pulling out all the stops. A four day festival will be held at Reveille Peak Ranch, family-friendly, and filled with opportunities for music performances, space technology expos, art exhibits, and a collaborations from across the globe. Ticket options for open for the festival only or camping packages.

Burnet Texas

Burnet is also the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas and April is peak season! Find more things to do in Burnet to add to your plans while in Burnet for the eclipse.

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Llano

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 26 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:34 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:17 pm – 2:57 pm

Llano tops our list of the best places to see the eclipse in Texas with the longest total eclipse viewing duration of 4 minutes and 26 seconds. This northern Hill Country town is also one of the best places to see bluebonnets in Texas, and April is the PERFECT month to do so. Talk about checking two big items off of your Texas bucket list in one day!

Texas Bluebonnet Fields

Llano has some events coming your way, or you can plan to see the eclipse from any open space in Badu Park, Robinson City Park, or even just a large parking lot! As long as you have an unobstructed view of the sky, there isn’t a bad seat in the house in Llano!

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Concan

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minute 25 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:30 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:12 pm – 2:53 pm

While the Frio River may or may not be ready for tubing or kayaking yet in April (depends on the weather and river levels!), Concan still provides an incredibly beautiful backdrop to the amazing Texas solar eclipse. Boasting one of the longest total eclipse durations in the state, if I wasn’t already living in the path of totality, I would be heading for Concan!

Since I DO already live locally, that frees up a reservation for you at one of the best cabins on the Frio River! They are filling FAST, so don’t delay in making your choice and making sure you have a spot to lay your head in April. Many locations are also allowing tent camping and RV parking too.

Frio River, Concan, Texas
Frio River in Concan, Texas.

Nature is the star of the show in Concan, which makes it a great spot to soak up this once in a lifetime Texas eclipse experience. While in the area, plan to spend some time exploring Garner State Park, grab ice cream from The Frio Float, and hike Old Baldy Mountain. Birdwatching is also a big hit in the spring months.

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Fredericksburg

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:32 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:15 pm – 2:56 pm

Fredericksburg is located in the heart of Hill Country and has a prime location in the 2024 Texas Eclipse Path. The city will be hosting several such eclipse events; some are free public events and the other requires paid tickets.

The Marktplatz is in the center of Fredericksburg’s historic downtown and also a great place to plan an eclipse time picnic! Or plan to head to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park early and walk the one mile nature trail through the green hills of wildflowers before taking in the eclipse views.

Check out the Grapetown Eclipse Festival which is an all day affair complete with food, hot air balloons, music, and exotic animals. The Gillespie County Airport also offers a prime viewing area with reservations required unless you book lodging at the Hangar hotel.

Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is filled with many amazing things to do in Hill Country. Plan to stay a few days and cross a few things off of your bucket list- such as Texas strawberry picking or seeing the largest flower farm in the country!

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Lampasas

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:35 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:18 pm – 2:58 pm

This small, underrated town is one of my favorite places to explore in Hill Country. They also have one of the best spots along the 2024 Eclipse Path in Texas.

Try Celestial Camping by booking a spot to camp in this open area with prime eclipse viewing. A BBQ trailer will feed you all weekend along with free cowboy breakfasts every day!

Nearby Lometa Regional Park is hosting the Sun Festival complete with a music lineup an plenty of tasty food, and camping opportunities.

Lampasas Texas

You’ll max out your viewing time of the solar eclipse in Lampasas and you can also discover all other things to do in Lampasas while you are at it. Head to Storm’s to try on one of Elvis’ favorite burgers, check out Hancock Natural Springs, stroll the historic Main Street, and view the art sculptures in the park.

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Kerrville

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:32 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:14 pm – 2:55 pm

The city of Kerrville will be hosting the Kerrville Eclipse Festival at Louise Hays Park, which will include educational activities and speakers, music, activities for kids, and food vendors.

Need extra assurance that this is a great spot along the 2024 eclipse path in Texas to have the best view? Kerrville is one of only three cities chosen by NASA where the eclipse will be live streamed!

This is a free event and no reservations are available, so plan to arrive early to snag parking and a viewing spot!

You will love visiting downtown Kerrville with its bustling art scene, yummy restaurants (expect a long wait at Bills Bar-B-Que!), kayaking at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, and the nature trails nearby.

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Eagle Pass

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minute 24 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:27 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:10 pm – 2:51 pm

Eagle Pass is a small city located on the border of Texas and Mexico. It is one of the best places to see the solar eclipse in Texas. The city is expected to experience a total eclipse, and the weather is likely to be clear, making it a perfect destination for eclipse chasers.

While the solar eclipse can be viewed from many places across the city, Shelby Park and Eagle Pass ISD Student Activity Center will be set up as viewing sites with informational staff on site (opening at 11am).

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Waco

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:38 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:20 pm – 3:00 pm

The biggest city closest to the center of the eclipse path in Texas is Waco….and they are celebrating in a big way! Eclipse Over Texas Live From Waco is an all day festival featuring fun for the whole family at Drayton McLane Stadium. Fit in a trip to Baylor University for a light themed photography exhibition and a Sci-Fi symphony performance.

Magnolia Silos in Waco
So many things to do in Waco in addition to watching the eclipse!

Taking the family with you? There are so many things to do with kids in Waco! The Mammoth Monument, Dr. Pepper Museum, and cupcakes from Magnolia Silos are all great places to start!

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Corsicana

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 10 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:40 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:22 pm – 3:02 pm

Just an hour from Dallas and an hour from Waco, Corsicana is a convenient place to choose to watch the solar eclipse in Texas!

The Navarro College Planetarium will be hosting informative events in the week leading up to the eclipse, and then a hosting party on the day of the celestial event. They will also have viewing glasses on sale on site if you forget yours – but they will run out I’m sure!

Families that want to learn about the eclipse before viewing it will want to get tickets for Janet’s Planets a the Palace Theater. On Saturday, April 6, the city will host their Total Eclipse Fest with fun eclipse merch, complimentary viewing glasses, music, and food trucks t prepare the big event. So if you need a reason other than avoiding traffic to arrive to your viewing destination early – this is it!

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Greenville

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 4 minutes 10 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:42 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:24 pm – 3:04 pm

Greenville Sports Park will be a prime location for experiencing the Texas eclipse in 2024. The park is over 100 acres of wide open space and unobstructed views! Stay tuned for more details as the city releases them for this fun event.

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Dallas

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 3 minutes 52 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:36 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:23 pm -3:02 pm

For a city-vibe eclipse party, Dallas is the place to go! With plenty of gorgeous spaces with decked out rooftops, you’ll be watching the eclipse with hundreds of your newest friends with a cocktail in hand.

For an epic eclipse view, consider booking a hotel with a rooftop pool such as the Canvas Hotel, Statler Dallas, Virgin Hotels, or Marriott Dallas Uptown. At the time of publishing this, these were all still available!

Hide, Sundown at Granada, and HG Sply have great rooftop bars that also offer incredible views of the sky. Downtown Dallas will also feature a three day festival with art, shopping food trucks, kids activities, and live music.

For an open space, park viewing spot, head to the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve, Trinity Skyline Trail, White Rock Lake, and the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden (reservations required).

For a viewing event including some education from astronomers and hands on STEM activities, the Perot Museum is your best option. Head to the café for a snack with an eclipse theme – how cute is that?

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Bandera

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 3 minutes 31 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:32 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:14 pm – 2:55 pm

The Cowboy Capital of Texas is also a great spot for the total eclipse with their long viewing duration and plenty of open spaces for unobstructed views.

While in Bandera, consider extending your stay and visiting one of their dude ranches for an authentic western stay with horse back riding, delicious fire side meals, star gazing, and many other family-friendly activities.

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Georgetown

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:36 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:18 pm – 2:58 pm

Georgetown is one of our personal favorite towns in Central Texas with their “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” gorgeous nature trails, amazing restaurants, plenty of activities to do, and charming Texas small town vibe. Just a half hour from our home, we are here often and are so excited that they are in the path of totality this April!

For an open space to view the Texas solar eclipse, with plenty of nature to boot, head to Berry Springs Park (don’t forget to pack a picnic and say hello to the donkeys!). Kids will love the playground there. Lake Georgetown is another open spot if you would rather be near the water. Garey Park has amazing nature trails, a grassy space, and playground too.

Georgetown, Texas - one of the best places for the 2024 Texas Eclipse!
Georgetown, Texas – one of the best places for the 2024 Texas Eclipse!

After the eclipse viewing, head to the Georgetown Square for a meal at one of our favorite spots such as Sweet Lemon Kitchen or 600 Degrees Pizzeria. Off the square, is the delicious 2020 Market Scratch Kitchen with their incredible Happy Hour appetizers.

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Fort Worth

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 2 minutes 34 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:40 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:22 pm – 3:01 pm

Fort Worth is town near Dallas offering excellent eclipse viewing as well as many fun things to do. As this spot is a city, you’ll want to seek out an open park or watch from a rooftop downtown to make sure your views are not blocked by any tall buildings. The city also recommends viewing the 2024 Texas eclipse from the banks of the Trinity River.

Cattle Drive in Fort Worth, Texas at the Historic Stockyards
Cattle Drive in Fort Worth, Texas at the Historic Stockyards

While in the area, make sure to check out the Fort Worth Stockyards, music in Sundance Square Plaza, or a walk through the beautiful botanical gardens in spring.

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San Antonio

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 2 minutes 3 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:33 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:14 pm – 2:55 pm

San Antonio is a great spot for seeing the total eclipse in 2024, but you need to study the map carefully for this one. Only the north and west parts of the city are in the path of totality. From the south and east parts of the city, like Riverwalk, only a partial eclipse will be visible.

Historic Mission in San Antonio

A total solar eclipse will be visible for approximately 1.5-2 minutes from locations such as Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Many events will be planned in San Antonio. Stay tuned for more details!

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Austin

  • Total Eclipse Duration: 1 minute 44 seconds
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 1:36 pm
  • Partial Eclipse: 12:17 pm – 2:58 pm

Austin will begin seeing the eclipse just after 1:30pm with a short but full viewing of the total eclipse for 1 minute 44 seconds. We live in this area and are so excited to be able to see the total eclipse from our hometown!

Several events will be occurring across the city. The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory will be onsite for a viewing party at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Congress Avenue Bridge, Austin, Texas
Congress Avenue Bridge, Austin, Texas – a great place to see the 2024 Texas Solar Eclipse

April is the perfect time to see the bluebonnets in Austin, so add that to your plans while here too! There are many fun things to do when the spring weather comes to Austin!

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Top Tips for Seeing the Eclipse in Texas in 2024

Eye Protection: It’s important to note that the 2024 Solar Eclipse will be a major light event, and it’s essential to take precautions to protect your eyes when viewing the eclipse. Looking directly at the Sun can cause permanent eye damage, even for just a second, so it’s crucial to use proper eye protection, such as eclipse glasses or solar filters. It’s also essential to ensure that the equipment you use to view the eclipse is safe and in good condition.

Understanding the path of totality: Every town within the path of totality will see a total eclipse. The closer you are to the center of the path determines how long the eclipse will last. Those just outside the path of totality will be able to see a partial eclipse, but not a full one.

Expect Crowds: A total eclipse is an exciting event for both astronomers and casual observers, which means that A LOT of people flock to the towns within the path of totality. If you are are coming from out of town, hotels do sell out well in advance and require early booking. If you live nearby and plan to drive in on the morning of the eclipse, expect backed up streets and and lots of traffic. I would highly recommend arriving the day before.

2024 Texas Solar Eclipse FAQs

Where is the best place to see the 2024 eclipse in Texas?


The total solar eclipse that will occur in 2024 will be visible from certain parts of Texas. To get the best view of the eclipse in Texas, you’ll want to be in the path of totality, which is the narrow strip of land where the moon will completely cover the sun. For the 2024 eclipse, this path of totality will cross through Central Texas through towns such as Fredericksburg, Concan, Waco, Austin, and Dallas.

What Texas cities are in the path of totality for 2024?

Some of the Texas cities and towns that will be in the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse include Waco, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fredericksburg, Eagle Pass, Lampasas, and Burnet.

Is Fredericksburg TX in the path of totality 2024?

Fredericksburg is very close to the center of the eclipse path giving it one of the longest total eclipse viewing spots in the state.

Is Austin in the path of totality 2024?

Austin is in the path of totality in the 2024 solar eclipse in Texas, but it is near the edge, giving it a shorter totality duration than Dallas and Waco.

Is San Antonio in the path of totality 2024?

The northeastern part of the San Antonio is in the path of totality for the 2024 solar eclipse, but the southwestern part of the city will only see a partial eclipse.

What is the longest totality in Texas 2024?


The longest duration of totality for the total solar eclipse in Texas in 2024 will occur near the Texas-Mexico border. In this area, the duration of totality is expected to be approximately 4 minutes and 28 seconds.

Why is the 2024 eclipse so special?

The path of totality for the 2024 eclipse will cover a significant portion of North America, including parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. This means that millions of people will have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse without having to travel long distances. Total solar eclipses are relatively rare events for any given location. Having two total solar eclipses visible from the United States within the span of just seven years (2017 and 2024) is somewhat unusual and adds to the special nature of the event.

Where will you watch the Solar Eclipse Texas 2024?

There are many great places to view the eclipse in Texas, whether you are in the path of totality or not – but being in the 2024 eclipse path in Texas is the most exciting! This event will not happen again until 2044.

Be sure to wear proper eclipse glasses and follow safe viewing practices to protect your eyes. And don’t forget to enjoy this rare and exciting celestial event!

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