Field trips are often the highlight of a child’s school year, but with many school districts conducting virtual learning or hybrid options for their students, field trips may be few and far between this year. Just because field trips aren’t taking place at school doesn’t mean kids have to miss out. Here are a few ideas for fun and educational family field trips to destinations that are currently open right here in Atlanta. (And if even if you don’t have kids, they’re worth checking out.)
Atlanta Botanical Garden (1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta): The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an urban oasis in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Featuring over 30 acres of outdoor gardens and the award-winning Children’s Garden, Atlanta Botanical Gardens offers the perfect setting for both children and adults to learn about and connect with nature.
Safety protocols include timed ticketing purchased in advance to minimize crowds, and masks required for all guests over age 10 while indoors and outdoors when within six feet of another guest.
Open Tues. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. for all guests. Open Mon., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. for members only.
Admission: Adult – $21.95 (ages 13+), Child (ages 3 – 12) – $18.95, Child (under 3) – Free
Atlanta History Center(130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta): Gain a better understanding of Atlanta’s rich history through exploration of Atlanta History Center’s 33-acre experience including award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, beautiful gardens, and interactive experiences.
Safety protocols include timed ticketing purchased in advance to minimize crowds; all adults and children over age 2 are required to wear masks inside; social distancing signs and markers in place to encourage six feet of distance between visitors; and some interactives are closed to provide a low-touch experience.
Open Tues. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adult – $23.41, Student – $19.60, Youth – $9.80
Center for Puppetry Arts(1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta): Inspiring imagination, education and community, Center for Puppetry Arts introduces visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry through performances, curriculum-based workshops and the hands-on museum.
Safety protocols include timed ticketing purchased in advance to minimize crowds; masks required for all guests during the duration of their visit; videos and signage to ensure social distancing; and hand sanitizing stations throughout the museum.
Open Tues. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
All-In-One Ticket (museum, puppet show, and create a puppet): $19.50 non-members, $9.75 members
Fernbank Museum of Natural History(767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta): Fernbank is home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest 3D movie screen and one of the largest Piedmont forests in the U.S. Through immersive experiences and exploration both indoors and outdoors, Fernbank encourages a greater appreciation for our planet and its inhabitants.
Safety protocols include limited capacity through timed ticketing purchased in advance; face coverings required for ages 2 and up; regularly disinfecting hard surfaces throughout museum; closure of some exhibits; interactive features and programming; and no strollers to allow for easier social distancing.
Open Mon. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adult (ages 13+) – $20; Child (ages 3-12) – $19; Child (under 3) – Free
Georgia Aquarium(225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta): Experience an underwater adventure at the Georgia Aquarium. Visitors get up close and personal with aquatic species of all kinds including beluga whales, whale sharks, manta rays, penguins, and sea otters to name a few.
Safety protocols include limited capacity through timed ticketing purchased in advance; masks required for ages 3 and up; temperature scans upon entry; and parking deck spaces adjusted to allow for social distancing.
Open Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: $33.95 (ages 3+); Free (under 3)
High Museum of Art(1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta): With more than 15,000 works of art in its collection, the High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast. Collection highlights include photography, decorative arts and design, African art, European art, American art, modern and contemporary art, and folk and self-taught art.
Safety protocols include limited capacity through timed ticketing purchased in advance; masks required for visitors 2 and up; and hand sanitizing stations located throughout the museum as well as at the museum entrance and exit.
Open Tues. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $14.50 (ages 6+); Free (under 6)
Zoo Atlanta(800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta): Home to nearly 1,000 animals representing over 200 species including giant pandas, lions, Sumatran tigers, giraffe, and African elephants, Zoo Atlanta offers hands-on, minds-on experiences for all ages.
Safety protocols include limited capacity through timed ticketing purchased in advance; masks required for guests ages 10 and up; hand sanitizing stations located throughout the park; food and gifts sold from outdoor kiosks; and promotion of a one-way experience to reinforce social distancing.
Open Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission (Mon. – Thurs.): Adult (12+) – $24.99; Child (3-11) – $18.99; Child (under 3) – Free
Admission (Fri. – Sun.): Adult (12+) – $27.99; Child (3-11) – $19.99; Child (under 3) – Free