You know it's coming: August 21 is the Great American Solar Eclipse, with huge swaths of the country in the eclipse's Path of Totality. If you're in it — or heading there — we say: Have as much fun as possible — which means do it in a bikini. Here are the places to soak up the sun (and non-sun) while witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle — just don't forget your protective eyewear. 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

1. Oregon Eclipse Gathering — A mega collab of over 13 international festivals coming together to organize an epic event with multiple music stages, talks and art installations. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

2. Omni Nashville Hotel Pool — A luxe oasis in the heart of Music City, with a rooftop pool featuring a next-level skyline view of downtown. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

3. Royal Carribean International Total Eclipse Cruise — The Royal Caribbean International cruise is offering a seven-night total eclipse excursion out at sea, with a viewing party and a tour of the Caribbean.

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

4. The Gateway Arch Eclipse Riverboat Cruise — A charming day cruise on the Mississippi River aboard one of the only two riverboats in the St. Louis area.  

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

5. Eclipse on the Atlantic — Charleston's Pier 101 at Folly Beach will throw a beach bash with live music and drinks specials. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

6. Topside Pool Club — You'll need to make a friend to crash this members-only lounge and rooftop swim venue on Greenville's award-winning Main Street. For your trouble, you'll get a viewing party with catering, drink specials and DJ performances. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

7. Historic Columbia Water Balloon Battle — Learn military tactics before the team-driven water fight on the historic grounds of Robert Mills House & Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. Relax with drinks and appetizers after the soak.

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

8. Solar Eclipse Festival at Tallulah Gorge State Park — Georgia's state park celebrates the solar eclipse with lawn games, music, food trucks, pedal boats, kayaks, and a sun-and-moon selfie spot, along with a hanging bridge for prime sky viewing. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

9. Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs — In Hopkinsville, Kentucky, named "The Point of the Greatest Eclipse", Pennyroyal Scuba Center and PADI team up to offer an underwater viewing experience. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

10. Alcova Lake — Watch the stellar spectacle at Wyoming's prime boating destination. You'll find Alcova Lakeside Marina and Fremont Canyon, one of the most scenic locations for camping, climbing, and any water activity. 

 

waterside locations to watch the solar eclipse

11. Lincoln City Beach Bonfire – Be the first to witness the solar eclipse on the Oregon coast, with a sandy bonfire within the city's seven-mile beach stretch.