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Auburn reports surge in visitors for eclipse

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The city of Auburn experienced a significant influx of visitors for the total solar eclipse on April 8, with early estimates indicating that Falcon Park hosted around 1,300 attendees at its eclipse viewing party. According to officials, who spoke at the City Council meeting on Thursday, approximately one-third of these visitors were from out of state, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some stayed overnight, while others traveled the day of to catch the celestial event.


The turnout was so substantial that city officials opened Falcon Park’s gates earlier than planned due to the parking lots filling up hours ahead of the scheduled 2 p.m. opening. “It was a great turnout and people really loved the facility,” Mason commented.

In addition to Falcon Park, the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn also reported a spike in visitation. From March 25 through April 9, the center welcomed 1,335 visitors, including international guests from Canada, Germany, Israel, and Italy, as well as visitors from 14 U.S. states. This led to what Mason described as “summertime-level visitation,” underscoring the eclipse’s draw.