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SolFest: Solar Eclipse Viewing

  • Crane Trust Visitors Center 9325 South Alda Road Wood River, NE, 68883 United States (map)

SolFest is partnering with the Crane Trust to host an eclipse viewing in a location unlike any other. Located just a short drive from Hastings, the Crane Trust manages thousands of acres of historic prairie where you will have an unaltered view of the sky.

This one-of-a-kind viewing location features 2 minutes and 33 seconds of totality, which, by the way, is one of the longest periods of totality in the entire nation.

Why the Crane Trust?

Here at SolFest, we want to give you the best eclipse viewing possible and there's nothing quite like sitting under the sky in the outdoors. Extra bonus points for this location include: the Crane Trust is directly on the centerline of the eclipse, giving almost 20 additional seconds of totality, and no light pollution. 

The Crane Trust protects over 10,000 acres of natural Nebraska habitat and is opening a portion of this land for us to view the eclipse. 

We promise, you’ll have an incredible setting to witness this phenomena. When we say one-of-a-kind, we mean there is literally no other place in the entire state of Nebraska like the land maintained by the Crane Trust. 

Transportation?

We want to make this easy for you. Due to extremely limited parking at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center, and the rural location of the viewing, we ask that you utilize the available shuttle services.

Shuttle Services:

Shuttles will start running at 6:30 am on Monday, August 21st from the Hastings Aquacourt Parking Lot .

Tickets: $15 per person, $10 for children under the age of 12 or $50 for a family of five

If you would like to reserve your time slot, please call Dave Worrell at 402-831-1469.

There is storage on the shuttles for coolers, walkers, strollers, etc. Rides back to Hastings are not on a reserved time schedule and will be determined based off of when guests leave.

What to bring:

Your viewing glasses. Suns out, Shades out. Looking at the sun without proper protection will severely damage your eyes. Only during totality, can you take off your solar eclipse glasses.

Glasses will be for sale at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center on the day of the viewing.


You're encouraged to bring: chairs, umbrellas for shade, closed-toe or good walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water. 

You can also bring your own food and drink, but you are encouraged to "pack it in, pack it out". The Crane Trust is a conservation organization and we want to keep their land clean. 

You can not bring alcohol or bicycles or motorized vehicles on any of the Crane Trust trails. There is also no smoking and there will not be parking for RVs or trailers. 

Other recommended viewing sites:

The Crane Trust will provide the longest possible time in totality, but if you want to stay in Hastings for the eclipse, we have some recommended locations for you.

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Smith Softball Complex

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Brickyard Park

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Lake Hastings

Earlier Event: August 20
Art & Sol Reception
Later Event: August 21
Solar Eclipse Event