Experience the Eclipse

Eclipse fever is sweeping the nation – where will you be on the afternoon of Monday, August 21? We suggest Fort Matanzas National Monument, where park rangers will be on hand to give you a pair of snazzy viewing glasses.

The eclipse will occur because the earth, moon, and sun are all in a straight line, a state known as syzygy, which is a word we recommend you use the next time you play Words With Friends.  We won’t see a total eclipse in St Augustine – sky-gazers will be able to witness 90% of the eclipse.  The moon will begin to slide across the sun at 1:17 and will continue until 4:15.  Maximum darkness will occur at 2:49 p.m.


The event at Fort Matanzas will begin at 1:00.  Park rangers will lead discussions and demonstrations about the solar eclipse throughout the occasion.  Learn about this solar event and its significance in science and our culture’s history.  And the aforementioned glasses will be handed out, too.

Admission to this rare event is free.  Fort Matanzas is located at 8635 A1A South in St. Augustine, Florida 32080.

When you’re done craning your neck, come rest it at Carriage Way B&B.  Our inn has 13 rooms for you to choose from.  The Platinum room, for example, has a king-size bed, a walk-in shower, and luxurious bedding.  It also has high transom windows, perfect if you want to do some more sky-gazing.