New York is giving away free eclipse glasses. Here's where to get it

Are you looking for a trustworthy pair of solar eclipse glasses? New York is ready to help.

Starting today, the state is offering free eclipse glasses to help New Yorkers safely enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse on April 8. The limited-edition I LOVE NY eyewear will be available at 30 locations across the state. Governor Kathy Hochul's office announced, including some New York State rest stops and New York State Welcome Centers.

“A total solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-generation experience in our state, and it is important that New Yorkers have the tools and information to enjoy it safely,” Hochul said.

The governor's office said the free glasses will be limited to two pairs per person while supplies last.

Viewers are approved by the state Department of Health and marked with ISO certification – the international standard created to ensure that solar eclipse glasses truly protect viewers' eyes when squinting into the eye-damaging sun.

The star display will mark the first total solar eclipse to cross the Empire State region in nearly 100 years. It will pass over western New York, parts of the Finger Lakes and central New York, the Upstate and the Adirondacks in a path roughly 124 miles wide.

Here are 30 free places I love the eclipse glasses in New York It will be available in New York State, according to the tourism office:

Adirondacks

Adirondacks Welcome Center: I-87 Northbound between Exits 17 and 18, Glens Falls | Open from 9am to 5pm daily

Lake Placid Visitors Bureau: 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid | Open from 9am to 5pm daily

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The capital is Saratoga

Capital Area Welcome Center: New York State Highway (Interstate 87) northbound between Exits 21B and 21A (Milepost 127), Hannacroix | Open from 7am to 7pm daily

Catskills

New Baltimore service area: Interstate 87 – New York State Route, Milepost 127, located north and south between Exit 21B (Coxsackie) and Exit 21A (Berkshire Section/to Mass Pike), Hannacroix | Open 24/7

Central New York

Mohawk Valley Welcome Center: New York State Route (I-90) westbound at Mohawk River Lock E13 (Milepost 187), Fultonville | Open from 9am to 5pm daily

Southern Tier Welcome Center: Interstate 81 northbound (between the Pennsylvania state line and Exit 1), Kirkwood | Open from 8am to 7pm daily

Mohawk Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Thruway, Milepost 172, located east between Exit 27 (Amsterdam) and Exit 26 (Schenectady West), Amsterdam | Open 24/7

Indian Castle Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 210, located east between Exit 29A (Little Falls) and Exit 29 (Canajoharie), Little Falls | Open 24/7

Iroquois Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 210, located west between Exit 29 (Canajoharie) and Exit 29A (Little Falls), Little Falls | Open 24/7

Schuyler service area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 227, westbound between Exit 30 (Herkimer) and Exit 31 (Utica), Frankfort | Open 24/7

Oneida service area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 244, located east between Exit 33 (Verona-Rome) and Exit 32 (Westmoreland-Rome), Westmoreland | Open 24/7

Chittenango Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Thruway, Milepost 266, located west between Exit 34 (Canastota) and Exit 34A (Syracuse I-481), Canastota | Open 24/7

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Chautauqua Allegheny

National Center for Comedy, 203 W 2nd Street, Jamestown | Open from 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday

Finger lakes

New York Central Welcome Center: 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Level 2, Syracuse | Open 11am-7pm Monday-Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday

Finger Lakes Welcome Center: 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva | Open 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Port Byron service area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 310, located east between Exit 41 (Waterloo) and Exit 40 (Weedsport, Port Byron | Open 24/7, starting March 19

Alarm service area: Interstate 90 – New York State Thruway, Milepost 292, located west between Exit 39 (West Syracuse) and Exit 40 (Weedsport), Warners | Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, starting March 24

Junius Ponds Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Thruway, Milepost 324, located west between Exit 41 (Waterloo) and Exit 42 (Geneva), Phelps | Open 24/7

Clifton Springs Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 337, located east between Exit 43 (Manchester) and Exit 42 (Geneva), Clifton Springs | Open 24/7

Seneca Service Area: Interstate 90 – New York State Thruway, Milepost 350, located west between Exit 44 (Canandaigua) and Exit 45 (Rochester I-490), Victor | Open 24/7

Greater Niagara

Western Welcome Center in New York: 1999 Alvin Road (Exit 19 off I-190), Grand Island | Open from 9am to 6pm daily

Pembroke service area: Interstate 90 – New York State Thruway, Milepost 397, located east between Exit 48A (Pembroke) and Exit 48 (Batavia), Corfu | Open 24/7

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Clarence service area: Interstate 90 – New York State Route, Milepost 412, located west between Exit 48A (Pembroke) and Exit 49 (Depew), Clarence | Open 24/7

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley | Catskills Welcome Center: Woodbury Commons, Market Hall, 13498 Red Apple District, Central Valley | Open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am to 9pm Friday to Sunday

Ardsley service area: Interstate 87 – New York State Route, Milepost 6, located northbound between Exit 6A (Yonkers Toll Gantry) and Exit 7 (Ardsley), Hastings-on-Hudson | Open 24/7

Platykill service area: Interstate 87 – New York State Route, Milepost 65, located northbound between Exit 17 (Newburgh I-84) and Exit 18 (New Paltz), Plattekill | Open 24/7

Modena service area: Interstate 87 – New York State Route, Milepost 66, located south between Exit 18 (New Paltz) and Exit 17 (Newburgh I-84), Modena | Open 24/7

Long Island

Long Island Welcome Center: 5100 Long Island Expressway, eastbound between Exits 51 and 52, Dix Hills | Open from 7am to 9pm daily

New York City

Moynihan Train Hall: MTA Long Island Railroad Ticket, 421 Eighth Avenue, New York | Open from 6:30am to 9:30pm daily

Thousand Islands – Sea Route

Welcome center in the north of the country: 43350 Collins Landing Road (near the Thousand Islands Bridge), Alexandria Bay | Open 8am-6pm daily starting April 1

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