Monday, August 21: Viewing the Eclipse in Your Charleston County Parks 

Facility Schedule Notes

All Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission facilities will operate on their normal schedules, with the exception of the following:
  • McLeod Plantation Historic Site: Normally closed on Mondays, McLeod will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Caw Caw Interpretive CenterNormally closed on Mondays, Caw Caw will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Since we don’t know much about how wildlife responds to a total eclipse, SC Master Naturalist volunteers will also be stationed throughout the park to record their observations.
  • SK8 Charleston: The skate park will be open 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Palmetto Islands County Park: The dog park will close at 11 a.m. to accommodate anticipated parking needs. For safety reasons, the Observation Tower, floating docks, and boardwalks will be closed. 
  • James Island County Park: For safety reasons, the fishing dock will be closed.
We encourage all park visitors to be parked and in place well before total darkness (expected to occur at 2:38 p.m.) Any unprotected view of the sun, even in an eclipse, can damage eyesight, so we recommend that all people wear Solar Filtered Glasses or another certified material for solar viewing. 

Programs & Special Events

SunShadow Yoga

Open to all fitness levels, this program will offer yoga in the sun’s shadow and with views of the harbor as Charleston prepares to go dark during the eclipse. SunShadow Yoga will be instructed by Molly Casto and feature live music by Shane Greer. First 120 registered participants will receive a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses. 

  • August 21, 1:30-2:30 at the Mount Pleasant Pier
  • $5 in advance or $8 at the gate (if available).
  • Register online or call 843-795-4386.

Eclipse Extravaganza

Very little is known about how wildlife responds to a total eclipse. The public is invited to join a naturalist to tour Caw Caw and explore how wildlife responds to this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. Viewing glasses will be provided.

  • August 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Caw Caw Interpretive Center
  • $20 per person
  • Register online or call 843-795-4386.

Lowcountry Stargazers

The Lowcountry Stargazers will host a viewing event at Palmetto Islands County Park have telescopes with proper solar filtering for viewing the eclipse as the moon starts to cover the sun.

  • August 21 at Palmetto Islands County Park
  • Viewing begins at 1:15 p.m. Early arrival is highly recommended.
  • Free with regular gate admission. 
  • Lowcountry Stargazers website
Solar Eclipse Safety Tips
Get Eclipsed on IOP

Get Eclipsed on IOP

The City of Isle of Palms will host an eclipse viewing event on Front Beach. Leading up to the eclipse there will be out-of-this-world music by DJ NattyHeavy on the beach behind the Windjammer. Plane Jane will take the stage following the eclipse to celebrate this incredibly rare event. Children's entertainment will be available in the Isle of Palms County Park, and eclipse information will be provided throughout the event.

  • August 21 on front beach Isle of Palms. Children's entertainment will be available at Isle of Palms County Park.
  • 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Learn more on the City of Isle of Palms website