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Best Eclipse Viewing Spots in The Lake Champlain Islands

As the countdown to the 2024 total Solar eclipse begins, Vermont finds itself in a unique position. On April 8th, 2024, the northern region of the Green Mountain State will be in the path of totality for this historic celestial event. During the eclipse, expected around 3:20 to 3:30 pm, the moon will entirely obscure the sun, plunging the area into a surreal darkness for approximately 3 minutes.

Amid this cosmic spectacle, the Lake Champlain Islands region of Vermont emerges as a premier destination for eclipse enthusiasts. As anticipation builds, local businesses are gearing up to welcome visitors and host a variety of special events to celebrate this rare astronomical occurrence. Below we explore the event lineup for the best places to view the eclipse in the Lake Champlain Islands. 

Snow Farm Vineyard - South Hero, VT

Snow Farm Vineyard will be hosting three days of fun events at their winery on April 6th, 7th, and 8th. Get ready for live music performances, a farm and craft market, a food truck from Parking Lot Pizza, specially brewed eclipse draught beer from Zero Gravity and so much more! 

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Camp Hochelaga - South Hero, VT

Experience the eclipse at Camp Hochelaga where they will be inviting visitors to an unforgettable eclipse viewing experience where they will have local artists showcasing their talents, local musicians, and food vendors. 

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Breakaway Farm - South Hero, VT

Breakaway Farm will be celebrating the full eclipse and invite folks to a bonfire and warming tent, hay wagon rides to and from the viewing site, and short horse trail rides before and after the eclipse. They will also have options for a lunch package and a s'more package, as well as eclipse sunglasses available for sale onsite. 

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Grand Isle Lake House - Grand Isle, VT

The historic Grand Isle Lake House will be hosting a viewing party where you can lounge on the lawn overlooking Lake Champlain and enjoy lunch by Let’s Pretend Catering before the eclipse starts! Make sure to bring your chairs or blankets; hot coffee and snacks will also be available. Reserve your spot today! 

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Grand Isle State Park - Grand Isle, VT

Grand Isle State Park will open for the day and will be a great place to see the solar eclipse. The park is Vermont's most visited state park with 4,150 feet of shoreline and it even has some nature trails to explore! 

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North Hero House Inn & Restaurant - North Hero, VT

The North Hero House will be hosting a viewing party on the Pier from 1pm to 6pm. They will have hors d'oeuvres as well as a cash bar. Space is limited so purchase your tickets on their website! If you book a night at the Inn, the viewing party tickets are included.

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Knight Point State Park - North Hero, VT

Located right by the North Hero Drawbridge on Lake Champlain’s “Gut”, Knight Point State Park will be open on April 8th. The 54-acre park is a great place to snag a picnic table and enjoy lunch by the water before the big celestial event! 

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2024 Alburgh Totality Festival - Alburgh, VT

This free festival celebrates the eclipse with a weekend-long lineup of fun festivities including music, events, food, exhibits from local artists, and more to celebrate this historic event for Alburgh.

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Kramer and Kin Brewery - Alburgh, VT

This local family brewery will have a viewing party at their taproom at Alburgh Golf Links where you can expect to find stunning lake views and access to outdoor and indoor seating. The tickets will include an all-you-can-eat buffet, one set of solar eclipse glasses, and a pour of their special release beer! 

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The Lake Champlain Islands region is a unique and beautiful place located in Grand Isle County in Northwest Vermont. Located conveniently close to three major cities and airports; Burlington, Vermont, Montreal, Quebec, and Plattsburgh, New York it makes for ideal spot to travel to for the 2024 solar eclipse. Make sure to plan ahead if visiting the Lake Champlain Islands as it is projected to be quite the viewing hotspot. Learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse and how to safely prepare in Vermont here. 


Looking for more things to do in the Lake Champlain Valley area this spring? Explore 8 Things to do during mud season in Vermont.

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