Solar Eclipse Viewing at Callaway Gardens

Aug 15, 2017



Rachel M. Crumbley | Director of Gardens Experiences

Direct: 706-663-5187 | Main:  1-855-421-3120 | Fax: 706-663-5068


Mailing Address: PO Box 2000, Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2000





WHAT:   Join former NASA Space Ambassador Tom Garmon to witness and learn about the rare Total Solar Eclipse, one of the most incredible astronomical moments in our history.


In the area of Pine Mountain, Georgia, a three minute partial eclipse will occur around 2:30 p.m. with close of 93% of the sun blocked by the moon.  Cloudy conditions could minimize viewing.


Garmon will be available to answer questions as the eclipse occurs.  The first 25 guests/families to this event will make their own pin-hole viewing device (one per family please) for safe eclipse observing at no additional charge.  Based on availability, NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses can be purchased in the Discovery Gift Shop.


The NASA Live Stream will be available in the auditorium of the Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center. 


Amazing facts about this eclipse: 

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth are aligned with the moon directly between the other two.

This eclipse will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.

It will be the first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years.

The next total solar eclipse will occur in 2026.

While the eclipse will begin around Noon on the Western coast of the US, the maximum darkness of the eclipse is expected in the Pine Mountain area will be around 2:30 p.m. and should last for approximately 3 minutes.

For more information, please contact the Education Department at 1.855.546.9740 or email

WHEN:  Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or as long as available) NASA Live Stream

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Make Pin-Hole Viewer activity and Eclipse Viewing with former NASA   Space Ambassador Tom Garmon

2 p.m. Viewing of the Eclipse with former NASA Space Ambassador Tom Garmon

WHERE:  Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

HOW:  Participation and admission is complimentary for overnight guests and annual passholders.  Day guest admission is $20 per adult; $10 per child (ages 6-12); and complimentary for children age five and younger.

About Callaway Gardens

For more than 65 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors.  Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a gardens and resort on 2,500 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, a zip line/obstacle course and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers meeting space, 807 guest rooms, spa, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.