How to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower
You'll want to head outside around midnight local time. The actual peak of the shower should come just after midnight, but you want to give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness before the peak arrives.
To have the best experience, you need to have a little patience. Get out of town. Head somewhere with dark skies, free from the light pollution of the city. And, as mentioned above, arrive a little early.
You want to pick a place with clear sightlines of the sky. It's also worth checking the weather to make sure you have clear skies before you spend a bunch of time hunting for the right spot to watch meteors. The Accuweather visibility map above is a good place to start.
The meteors will appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra (the Harp), but that doesn't mean you should stare straight at the constellation. The meteors will be moving away from it. Knowing where the constellation is can help, but you're also fine just looking up.
If you're in a part of the country still battling the snow, you can always find a live stream and enjoy from the comfort of your couch. Sites like Slooh often have a hosted stream of events like the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Though, that's a sorry replacement for actually being out under the sky on a clear night.