The bad news: The solar eclipse will happen when most of us are at work. The good news: This solar event is going down when many of us will be taking lunch breaks. The eclipse process begins 11:40 a.m., with the peak estimated at 1:09 p.m. The whole show will wrap up by 2:39 p.m., which means that, if you take a long lunch, you can take in the whole show unless cloud cover blocks the eclipse.
A couple of the spots on this list will give away free eclipse glasses, but they're bound to run out fast. If you don't have glasses, order a NASA-approved pair stat; staring at the sun during an eclipse is a very, very bad idea.
Here are five spots where you can take a long lunch while enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime solar show:
2201 N. Field St. (Arts District)
If you're looking for a full-blown eclipse party, the Perot is the place to be. From noon to 2 p.m. Monday, it'll be making pinhole cameras, handing out free eclipse glasses and showing a live NASA feed of the eclipse in case the clouds rain on our solar parade. The Perot's cafe will also be open and selling eclipse-themed items like Moon Pies and Eclipse Burgers. The best part? This party's totally free.
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway (Arts District)
Grab a picnic blanket and settle in at Klyde Warren Park, where food trucks will be selling lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you don't feel like food truck fare, pack a picnic spread and grab a spot at the wide open park while you wait for the moon to do its thing.
8525 Garland Road (East Dallas)
Pack a picnic spread or dine on $2 hot dogs from the Terrace Café at the Dallas Arboretum's eclipse party from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday. Grab a tasty treat from the Kona Ice food truck and play lawn games like Jenga and Yardzee while you wait for the moon to do its thing. The arboretum will also give away free solar eclipse glasses while supplies last, so get there early if you want a pair. Who can say no to a picnic with a show?