Come, Experience the 2024 TOTAL ECLIPSE INSIDE DEER HAVEN PARK!
A One-Time, 3 1/2-Hour event at Deer Haven Park!
Deer Haven Park Proudly Presents:
Witness this Once in a Lifetime Event from deep within the former Seneca Army Depot.
In spring 2024, Western NY will experience an amazing celestial event that hasn’t been visible here in nearly 100 years!
On April 8th, Deer Haven Park will find itself in the path of totality for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. The last time a Total Eclipse was visible in our area was on January 24th, 1925, and it won’t happen again at Deer Haven Park until the year 2144, making the 2024 Total Eclipse a true Once in a Lifetime occurrence!
To celebrate this rare event, Deer Haven Park is combining a special Majesty and Mystery tour of the park with a prolonged stop at a tranquil location deep inside the park for a viewing of the total solar eclipse to provide a one-of-a-kind adventure!
Food and Refreshments
will be available for purchase
at the viewing location.
Food Vendor TBA
WHAT IS "TOTAL ECLIPSE IN THE PARK"?
Total Eclipse in the Park is an open wagon ride that will take you deep inside the former Seneca Army Depot. You will experience the serenity of Deer Haven Park with its abundant wildlife and a chance to see the Majestic Seneca White Deer.
This special tour will include a 2 ½ hour stop at the center of the park where we will witness a solar eclipse with no artificial light to pollute or detract from a pure total eclipse experience! Deer Haven Park’s serenity will provide a true wilderness experience. You'll witness this amazing celestial event along with the park’s unique wildlife who will encounter nighttime in daytime with you. This one-time, once-in-a-lifetime event is sure to create memories to last a lifetime!
WHEN IS "TOTAL ECLIPSE IN THE PARK"?
April 8, 2024
Wagons leave at 1:30pm SHARP
Wagons MUST depart On Time.
Plan to arrive about 2 ½ hours early. (11:00AM) Traffic is expected to be extremely heavy as people from all over the world will flock to upstate and western NY to see the eclipse from within the path of totality. Please sign your waivers online after making your reservations to save time. Unfortunately, we cannot wait if you are delayed by traffic.
WHERE IS "TOTAL ECLIPSE IN THE PARK"?
This special event begins and ends at the
Deer Haven Park Visitor Center
Romulus, NY 14541
(2 miles north of Sampson State Park)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This 3-1/2 hour, one-of-a-kind event
is just $65 per. person* +tax & fees
Special pricing or discounts do not apply
* $74.10 including tax & reservation fee
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
~ A Fun-Filled, 3-1/2-hour Tour Adventure including:
- A one-hour Majesty and Mystery Tour where you will learn some of the history of the former Seneca Army Depot and the amazing wildlife herein and have a chance to see the Majestic Seneca White Deer.
- Time to witness the complete 2024 Total Eclipse from deep within the wilderness of Deer Haven Park, away from any artificial light that would otherwise interfere with the experience, while observing the wildlife as it experiences this once-in-a-lifetime event with you.
~ Your own personal pair of ISO-certified eclipse viewing glasses*.
~ One 4-inch “TOTAL ECLIPSE IN THE PARK” commemorative decal
~ Memories of a true one-of-a-kind experience that will last a lifetime!
* Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Every guest taking the “Total Eclipse in the Park” tour will receive one pair of certified Eclipse Viewing Glasses that meet all the stringent requirements specified by ISO 12312-2. REGULAR SUNGLASSES DO NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE EYE PROTECTION FOR VIEWING AN ECLIPSE!
APRIL 8, 2024 TIMELNE OF EVENTS
11:00am-1:00pm - Guest Arrival and sign-in. Please Arrive Early
1:10pm-1:25pm - Board the wagons and prepare for departure.
1:30pm - Wagons will depart the visitor center bound for the prime viewing destination inside the park.
NOTE: WAGONS WILL DEPART PROMPTLY AT 1:30PM. There is NO late or second tour. Due to the unique, once in a lifetime nature of this tour we WILL NOT be able to wait for people delayed by traffic or for any other reason. PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY!
1:30pm-2:00pm - Mini Majesty and Mystery Tour – Part I
During the ride into the park, guests will learn about the Historical Seneca Army Depot and the amazing wildlife within the park, including the Majestic Seneca White Deer.
2:00pm - Arrive at the Eclipse Viewing Location.
ECLIPSE INFORMATION FOR DEER HAVEN PARK:
Begin- 2:06pm Totality- 3:22pm Time in Totality- 60sec End- 4:35pm
Once we arrive at the eclipse viewing location, guests may either remain seated or they may opt to step off the wagons and stretch as we witness the incredible main attraction in the sky and the wilderness surrounding us.
Deer Haven Park will have food and refreshments available for purchase while at the viewing location.
Please Note - NO OUTSIDE FOOD WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE PARK.
2:00pm-2:45pm - Observe the beginning of the eclipse and Eclipse Education
From approximately 2pm-2:45pm, Deer Haven Park’s authority on the eclipse, Dee Calvasina will share facts and discussion about the celestial event for anyone interested in learning more about the eclipse.
2:45pm- 3:45pm - Witness Totality and the moments leading up to and following.
From 2:45pm-3:45pm we will respectfully request all guests to recognize a quiet period around and including the time in Totality so that other guests might fully enjoy and reflect upon the eclipse and our surroundings.
3:45pm- 4:35pm - Continue to observe the eclipse to its conclusion.
Eclipse observation and discussion
4:35pm-5:00pm - Mini Majesty and Mystery Tour – Part II
During the ride back to the visitor center, Deer Haven Park Tour Guides will continue the tour about the Historical Seneca Army Depot, the Majestic Seneca White Deer, and other amazing wildlife within the park.
5:00pm - Guests will be dropped off at the Deer Haven Park Visitor Center
This is a time-lapse rendering of what the eclipse will look like from Deer Haven Park.
Thank you to eclipse2024.org.
Experience "TOTAL ECLIPSE IN THE PARK"
Nowhere else on the planet and not again for more than 100 years!
For just $65 per person
(Discounts do not apply)
SPACE IS LIMITED. SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
All tours begin and end at the Deer Haven Park Visitor Center
located at Deer Haven Park 5479 NY-96A Romulus, NY 14541
IMPORTANT DETAILS AND INFORMATION
- ON TIME DEPARTURE
WAGONS WILL DEPART PROMPTLY AT 1:30PM. There is NO late or second tour. Due to the unique, once in a lifetime nature of this tour we WILL NOT be able to wait for people delayed by traffic or for any other reason. PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY!
- EYE SAFETY
Regular sunglasses do not provide proper eye protection!
Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Every guest taking the Deer Haven Park “Eclipse in the Park” Tour will receive one pair of certified Eclipse Viewing Glasses that meet ALL the stringent requirements specified by ISO 12312-2.
- OUTSIDE FOOD
No outside food will be allowed to be brought into the park.
Reservations can be cancelled for a full refund any time through December 31, 2023, after which All Sales Will Be Final.
- SMOKING - DRUGS - ALCOHOL
Smoking, vaping, drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited on DHP property. Deer Haven Park reserves the right to refuse entry into the park without compensation to any guest who appears under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The Total Eclipse in the Park Tour will operate in all weather conditions. In the event of rain or overcast skies, the tour may pause at an alternate location inside the park. During the eclipse, we will still witness the darkening affect of the moon passing in front of the sun under cloudy skies and wildlife will still be affected by this event. Be aware that during the period leading up to, and immediately following Totality, temperatures may drop up to 10°F. Please plan to dress for the weather.
BEWARE of Bad Directions!
When you type Deer Haven Park into your mobile device or GPS unit for directions, you will often be given an "alternate route" through the former Depot. If the route includes "W. Romulus Rd.", "E. Patrol Rd." or "W. Patrol Rd." DON'T TAKE IT! There is NO entrance to Deer Haven Park on NY-96 and NO public route across the former military base. Because Deer Haven Park is on part of the former Seneca Army Depot, the GPS program thinks you can drive through it. Unfortunately, you can not.
Instead, take one of the other routes. OR Enter Sampson State Park into your device. We are located on NY-96A, (not 96) just 2 miles North of Sampson State Park.