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April 8th Eclipse Tips--Preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse taking place on Monday, April 8th, 2024 will be a sight to behold. Here on the northside of Indianapolis in Fishers, IN, we are lucky enough to have a spectacular view of the phenomenon. However, there may be more to think about when preparing to see the spectacular sight of the moon passing between the sun and earth. We’ve put together a list of April 8th eclipse tips to help you make the most out of the awesome sighting.


1. Where in the World?

Indianapolis and surrounding cities are located directly within the Path of Totality. With so many places in the area hosting events, you will want to make sure you have a plan ahead of time for where you will view the eclipse. Businesses will likely cap their ticket sales, so it's encouraged to not wait until the last minute to figure out where you will be viewing the event. Here at The Balmoral House, we will be hosting a viewing event with a DJ, food trucks and beer and wine for purchase! Guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on our vast golf course greens while enjoying time with friends, family and coworkers.



April 8th Eclipse Balmoral House Golf Course
Victoria Hunt Photography

Wherever you decide to go for the event, be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time as events may sell out. You will also want to know what is included in your ticket… like a pair of eclipse viewing glasses!


2. Protect Those Baby Blues

Check out NASA’s Safety Guidelines when it comes to the appropriate eyewear needed to view the eclipse safely. As stated in their safety guidelines, “Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.” Even if you are planning to view the eclipse from your backyard, you will want to score a pair of solar safe viewers far in advance. Each ticket for the Solar Eclipse Viewing at The Balmoral House event will include a pair of ISO 12312-2 certified glasses. Don’t worry, they are sure to go with your outfit! 🙂


3. What's for Lunch?

In Hamilton County, we are expecting very heavy amounts of traffic before and after the eclipse which in our area will take place from 1:51pm to 4:23pm. Saying that, it’s important to think about what you will be eating that day as restaurants may be closed or extremely busy all day. We will have food trucks at our event including the Rollin in Dough Pizza Truck. Enjoy an afternoon glass of wine or beer as well with our house bar open with drinks for purchase.


4. School's Out!

Many schools in the area will be closed on April 8th, so if you are a resident in the area with kids in school, you have likely already started planning out what you will be doing that day. If not, you may want to keep in mind that several tens of thousands of other students will be out that day needing a safe place to view the event. With plenty of space on our grounds to sprawl out on a blanket or set-up lawn chairs, families are sure find the perfect set-up at The Balmoral House Viewing Event.


5. Traffic Jam

With the anticipated (yet welcomed!) spike in the number of tourists in the area hoping to get a prime view of the eclipse, we can expect that local cities within the path of totality (Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, Bloomington, Shelbyville, New Castle) will see heavy amounts of traffic. Be sure to leave yourself extra time to get to your viewing destination as well as understanding that it may take a while to get home following the eclipse. Be sure to travel safely if you will be venturing out on April 8th!


Whatever your plan for The Great North American Eclipse may be, be sure to plan ahead!


Our Event

Join us on our 20 acres of private golf course grounds for the April 8th Solar Eclipse Viewing Event here at The Balmoral House in Fishers, Indiana! We welcome families, friend groups, and employee outings to the event. We also have our Cottage available for rental that day for groups looking to host a private viewing party. While we will have tickets available the day of the event, we recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as we will have a limit on the number of attendees. We hope to see you there for this spectacular occasion!


April 8th Eclipse Event Balmoral House Eclipse Viewing Glasses
Megan Malmquist Photography

Disclosure : This blog post was written for informational purposes only and is not intended to give legal or medical advice. All information, content and outside links should be viewed at your own risk. The reader assumes the risk of injury or liability resulting from the advice in this post and The Eaton Group LLC cannot be held liable for these damages.


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