As we get closer and closer to the 2024 total solar eclipse on April 8th, you can just feel the excitement in the air. Folks are scrambling to get the special protective eyewear that MUST be worn to view the eclipse. Some are making travel plans to parts of Indiana or Ohio to be directly under the path of totality.

This has naturally led to concerns about temporary overpopulation in locations that expect heavy eclipse traffic. Warnings about the potential for strapped resources have been issued. In some cases, states of emergency have been declared for the event.

Indiana? Ohio? Why Not Try These Kentucky Locations for the Solar Eclipse?

But for those of you hoping there's a way to stay in Kentucky and still enjoy the experience, you're in luck.

Kentucky Tourism suggests four prime locations in the Commonwealth in which you can enjoy the eclipse.

The Sturgis Municipal Airport in Union County will host a viewing party complete with food trucks, live music, and inflatables for the kids. International Comanche aircraft will also be on hand for a fun air show.

In nearby Morganfield, also in Union County, the Solar Eclipse Party at Morganfield's City Park will feature astronomers and storytellers (very nice touch), as well as great food, live music, and family crafts. The party will begin at 12 PM and wrap up around 2:30 PM.

A community event in Paducah called "X Marks the Spot " will offer multiple watch parties, family activities, "eclipse"-themed delicacies, and some sweet shopping deals.

Also, as part of "X Marks the Spot," the National Quilt Museum will be hosting a watch party on their lawn where guests will be able to take it all in while relaxing guessed it...quilts. Plus--and this is dope--there will be a hands-on quilt-making project inspired by the eclipse.

And while there are no planned viewing parties in Henderson that Kentucky Tourism is aware of, they do recommend visiting a couple of parks--Aubudon Mills and Red Banks--as well as the wetlands, woodlands, and nature trails of John James Audubon State Park.

Sounds like a plan. Actually, it sounds like several plans. Just don't forget your glasses.

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