With nearly everyone experiencing limited entertainment options while sheltering at home, lots of establishments are taking it upon themselves to offer online visits. Present day technology fortunately allows for more efficient online connections, while mobile devices have become ubiquitous.
While many museums, parks and entertainment venues remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have stepped up and created walk-through experiences and 3D tours that you can enjoy right in your living room together with your kids and the rest of the family. More and more establishments are getting into the act and are delivering immersive experiences online or via mobile devices. Here are some virtual options Georgia residents can enjoy.
Having been shut indoors for so long, Georgia residents are surely starting to feel the grip of cabin fever. Even though the state has eased up on stay-at-home orders, many residents are still wary of venturing outside in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
Fortunately, with the help of digital technology, the best isn’t lost to us. Several popular sites, attractions, and destinations across the state have set up virtual tours or online activities for your enjoyment—all you need is an internet connection! Become a tourist from the safety of your living room and explore these (virtual) things to do in downtown Atlanta, Valdosta, Cartersville, and more:
- The Fernbank Museum
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History has a Museum at Home section on their website, where it features new and entertaining content such as educational videos, interactive quizzes, live animal encounters, and more. Check out its Facebook page and browse the #MuseumAtHome tag for even more content!
- The Morris Museum of Art
The Morris Museum of Art continues to encourage art education through its easy-access educational blog that contains activity prompts, an online digital library, live art classes, and other helpful resources.
- The Booth Western Art Museum
Check out the Booth Museum’s Facebook page to see daily art posts or live art classes from the museum staff. For a more hands-on (or should we say hands-off?) experience, you can go to the museum’s YouTube channel, which contains virtual tours of the museum’s major galleries. Particularly popular is the Native Hands Gallery, which features American Indian artifacts representing tribal cultures across the country.
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Virtual Stage
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has set up the ASO Virtual Stage to share performances with classical music lovers around the world. Not only can you view on-demand performances, but also tune in to Q&As with the musicians. You can also watch exclusive content such as pre-concert chamber recitals, violin concertos, and more.
- Georgia State Parks
Missing the outdoors? Not to worry—you can experience and learn more about the great outdoors with educational programs on the Georgia State Parks eRanger page. Learn how to outrun a bear or all about the vegetation at the Okefenokee Swamp. There’s a wealth of self-guided resources and activities on the site.
- Georgia Aquarium
You can check out the Georgia Aquarium’s live webcams to witness the peaceful daily routine of the aquarium’s marine life, or engage yourself in their at-home learning events. There’s a mountain of resources available on the aquarium’s website. There are “Deep Sea Learning” videos, downloadable lessons plans, and live-streaming events all easily available for your enjoyment.
- Driftwood Beach
Did you know Driftwood Beach was voted one of America’s “Ten Most Romantic Beaches”? Once a maritime forest, Driftwood Beach is now a sandy shore that features a collection of gnarled and weathered tree trunks and branches, left behind from years of erosion. While you can’t visit this unique beach in person just yet, you can get a pretty good 360-degree view of it online.
- The Smith Family Farm at the Atlanta History Center
Built in the 1840s, the Smith Family Farm is the city’s oldest surviving farmhouse, found today at the Atlanta History Center. While the center is closed for now, you can check in on the farm’s sheep and goats via the Smith Family Farm webcam. According to the website, even the animals are on a “quarantine schedule,” so make sure to tune in between 8am to 11am for the best chance of catching them!
- College Football Hall of Fame
If anyone in your family is a football fanatic, you’ll be glad to know that the hall’s resident football historian and curator Jeremy Swick hosts a Facebook live discussion every Tuesday and Thursday. Each session is a discussion on college football facts and showcases artifacts that are featured at the hall.
- Wild Adventures Theme Park
If you want a bit more adventure—without the risk or the minimum heights requirement—check out the Wild Adventures Theme Park’s website and take a virtual ride on their various roller coasters: The Boomerang, Cheetah, Twisted Typhoon, and Swamp Thing.
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