Best Eclipse Viewing Areas
Here is a chart of all the best viewing areas across Land Between the Lakes. Pick your spot!
Save the date! Monday, August 21, 2017
In 2017 we will be witness to one of the great wonders of nature – a total solar eclipse.
On August 21, 2017 the moon will pass between the earth and sun causing this phenomenon to occur around 1:23 pm for our region. According to NASA:
- Shadow bands are often seen on the ground as totality approaches.
- Light filtering through leaves on trees casts crescent shadows as totality approaches.
- Local animals and birds often prepare for sleep or behave confusedly during totality.
- Local temperatures can drop as much as 20 degrees during a total solar eclipse.
We invite you to join us for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.
The greatest duration of the eclipse will occur around 20 miles from us and pass directly over our northern tip.
The entire region will be hosting celebrations and showcasing our culture that people come from all over the world to experience.
We encourage you to come visit for the week and see what the region has to offer.
Kentucky Tourism 2017 Eclipse | http://www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/
Sun and Moon Days throughout Land Between the Lakes
Eclipse Programming August 16-23, 2017
Normal entrance fees apply. Check out our rates and hours at https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/visit/rates-hours/.
Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory
In addition to our regular schedule of outstanding planetarium shows, we are working on several special presentations for the week of August 16 through 22, 2017 to highlight the Solar Eclipse.
We will also be presenting Laser Light and Music shows on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Saturday, August 19
Join us for a Star Party! View an evening show in our planetarium, located in the Golden Pond Visitor Center, followed by night sky observation at the Golden Pond Observatory. An outstanding group of volunteers from the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers club will be assisting us with this party and have multiple telescopes for viewing objects in the night sky.
Monday, August 21
The big day! Land between the Lakes will provide one of the best views of the total solar eclipse. Be sure to come by and enjoy one of our shows while you are here to view the eclipse!
11:30am | Come learn about daytime animals versus nighttime animals as we explore different ways of approaching life. What adjustments have their bodies made to adapt to their night or day environment. Our rescued animals will be the star of this daily show.
1:30pm | Learn about the endangered Red Wolf and what endangered actually means. For their appearance, we will be feeding them to see them come out of their den. Wolves are shy.
3:30pm | Each weekday we will feature one of our rescued animals to highlight their lives in our Creature Feature program. You will learn about what they eat, how they live, and who their friends are. Check out this find time with native animals.
4:30pm | If you like birds, join us for our Parade of Raptors. Each night as we move our owls and red tailed hawk for the night, we entertain our guests while teaching you about birds. You will also learn why these birds cannot live in the wild. It’s also a great opportunity to take come photos.
Mornings with the Hummingbirds
10-11am Thursday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 22
Bring your camera. These little birds love stopping over at the Nature Station to feast from our feeders. You will enjoy relaxing in our back yard while our naturalists presents amazing facts about hummingbirds.
Sunset Canoe Trips
5:30-8pm Friday August 18 and Wednesday August 23
Join us for a relaxed paddle as we explore the nooks and crannies of one of Lake Barkley’s scenic bays. We will search the waters and shorelines for wildlife such as osprey, eagles, beavers, egrets, frogs, and songbirds. Enjoy a feast for the eyes and ears as the sun dips below the trees and nature’s evening chorus comes to life.
Reservation and full deposit required. Reserve your canoe by calling 270-924-2020. The cost of $25 per canoe does not include daytime Nature Station admission. We close at 5pm. Registration is limited.
9-10am Saturday August 19
Join us under the shade in our garden before we open to the public. Enjoy hot or iced coffee, juice, and breakfast pastries while the hummingbirds have a feeding frenzy of their own! Relax in our scenic wildflower gardens, chat with a naturalist about hummingbirds, and learn some new tips on attracting these birds to your own yard. Plus, learn about “bird friendly coffee” and how it helps migratory birds like hummingbirds in their winter homes
$10 per person, includes same day NS admission. Reservation and full deposit required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space.
Snakes of Land Between the Lakes
11:30-12 Sunday August 20
Learn to identify common snakes and why each of the species is active around the sun and moon. Includes feeding time with the snakes at Nature Station.
Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum
Wednesday, August 16 to Wednesday, August 23 (Daily)
Life by the Sun, Moon and Stars
2- 3 pm Wednesday, August 16 to Wednesday, August 23 (Daily)
Guided by the sun, moon, and stars, farm families looked for the signs from these celestial bodies as guides for everyday life on an 1850 farm. Have a seat in the cool breezeway and learn about these ancient folk beliefs that were used for everything from planting crops to getting a haircut. Every day a different fascinating topic. Are they true? Stop by and you decide.
Storytelling Evening at the Homeplace
6- 7:30pm Saturday, August 19
$5 adults, $3 children. Doors open at 5:30pm
As the summer day ends and the work is done for the day, gather around the old maple tree and listen to ancient tales of a time long ago. Savor the taste of cold water melon as the storyteller weaves tales of the sun, moon, and stars and eclipses of the past.
Sun and Moon Watermelon Social
10am-4pm Monday, August 21
Enjoy a unique viewing experience of the solar eclipse at the Homeplace 1850s Farm. Join us for a traditional picnic, you bring your picnic lunch and we will provide watermelon, games and stories of solar eclipses of the past. Then let’s view the historic event together! Grab your journal and record your observations of the solar eclipse as it unfolds just like they did in the 1850s.
Camping Reservations are Open
Due to customer requests, we opened our reservations early. To reserve your camping spot, go to https://www.usedirect.com/CampLBL/.
Enjoy the show
We hope you will spend some time with us while you enjoy one of the greatest shows on earth.
See you soon,
Customer Service Department Manager
Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education