Some of Atlanta’s most iconic touring destinations are closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the several of the city’s attractions have joined forces to air free, weekly virtual field trips. STAFF PHOTO
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High Museum, other Atlanta attractions to offer free virtual field trips 

Some of Atlanta’s most iconic touring destinations are closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, but several of the city’s attractions have joined forces offering free, weekly virtual field trips. 

Beginning 10 a.m. Friday, Atlanta’s attractions will host “Field Trip Friday,” which allows audience to take a “digital field trip around Atlanta,” according to a website about the event. 

Virtual visitors will see interactive attractions from the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

Leading up to the digital field trip, each of the 11 attractions posted interactive material on its social media pages and websites. The weeklong posts culminate Friday morning with their field trips, which visitors can find on the attractions’ website and https://atlmuseumsathome.org/

“It’s just a way to keep people — families — connected, and teachers and educators from going stir crazy,” Atlanta Botanical Garden spokesman Danny Flanders told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

For the Botanical Gardens’ annual spring bulb festival, Atlanta Blooms, virtual visitors will get a tour of colorful blooms such as tulips, hyacinths and other flowers that bloomed in late February and early March. 

“It was a real disappointment we couldn’t share it with people,” Flanders said, but he hopes they can still enjoy the virtual tour of them. 

Other attractions included on the virtual field trips are Fernbank Museum, Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Breman Museum, and Zoo Atlanta.

The weekly field trips are expected to run until the end of April, Flanders said. 


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