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Springfield residents following a stay-at-home order to decrease the spread of Coronavirus have several options to stay involved with our community, from video calls with family and friends, to social-distancing-compliant walks on our park trails, to writing letters to the animals at Dickerson Park Zoo or sharing a journal entry with the History Museum on the Square. You can even check out the airport’s current Sky Gallery exhibit, It Knows No Face, online at 7billionones.org.


While we are lucky to have such a wealth of things to do in and around our community, some may be feeling the itch to get out of town and explore, or at least make a plan to do so when the virus passes. For those looking to get out more while staying home, we’ve compiled a list of virtual attractions you can visit right from your own living room.


Explore Virtual Art Museums

From coast to coast, museums all over the country are opening up their virtual doors for your enjoyment. Check out the famed Museum of Modern Art in New York City to view both modern and contemporary works, including paintings, sculptures, film, design, and performance art. Similarly, the esteemed J. Paul Getty Museum of LA boasts art and archives from antiquity to modern-day, available online for your viewing pleasure. Familiarize yourself with the works now and add seeing these beautiful works of art in-person to your bucket list!


Investigate National Park Treasures

If the beauty of nature appeals to you just as much as art, you might consider reviewing a collection of found objects from national parks all over the country. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, Google Arts and Culture curated several collections of objects found in national park museum collections all over the country. Our favorite collections come from Arizona and Colorado. You could even use these collections to create scavenger hunt lists for your future national park adventures.


Watch Livestreams of Wildlife

While wildlife sanctuaries and exhibits across the country are temporarily closed to the public, the animals housed there continue to provide hours of educational entertainment. Learn more about wildlife with online events and videos like the North Carolina Zoo’s Zoo EDventures Online series, hosted through Facebook live events. Find more footage of natural wonders via Shedd Aquarium, which you may recognize from the antics of its resident penguins, which were filmed roaming the now-empty halls of the aquarium, looking at all of the other exhibits. Animal lovers will want to follow their Facebook page; they're sharing all kinds of behind-the-scenes videos and fun virtual experiences. Alternatively, you can view aquatic life at any time with the Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager livestream. By the time we can visit the animals in-person again, you’ll be an expert.


Check Out Specialty Museums

Go off the beaten path with your online investigations and check out specialty museums. For those with an interest in trailblazers, Fort Worth, Texas’ National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is a must. The museum is dedicated to honoring women from around the world who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts. Visit their site to learn about the amazing women they’ve honored. More interested in the glory days of organized crime? Check out The Mob Museum, one of the coolest museums in Las Vegas. The museum’s website is full of information to help get your mob history fix, including blog posts, video interviews, and a full digital archive. Go a step further and download the Mob Museum mobile app to take a virtual tour of exhibits. Of course, next time you’re in town, be sure to visit these smaller museums to see everything they have to offer on-site.


Even Visit Walt Disney World!

While the parks and resorts are closed for now, Disney has a full digital map of the park available online and many visitors have even uploaded videos from the seats of some of the most famous rides. Check out the Virtual Tour and start planning your future vacation from the comfort of your couch. 

When it’s safe to travel again, you can be sure that Springfield-Branson National Airport will be ready to serve as your connection to these destinations and many more all over the world.


Mar 10 2020 12 Things to See This Spring BY sgf-adminTAGS



There are lots of cost-effective activities to enjoy at each of the 12 non-stop destinations served by the Springfield Airport. Here are 12 favorites.

AtlantaAtlanta History Center. Great fun awaits at this center that covers more than 33 acres. You’ll find award-winning exhibits, memorabilia from the 1996 Olympic Games, and the historic Swan House. 

CharlotteNASCAR Hall of Fame. Not just for racecar lovers, this Hall of Fame is filled with high-tech exhibits, racing simulators, and a 278-seat theatre where you can learn more about NASCAR’s 60-year history. 

ChicagoMillennium Park. Located in the Loop, just south of downtown, Millennium Park offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, and is home to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dallas/Fort WorthDealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum. The site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its Sixth Floor Museum offer a unique perspective on a moment that changed American history. 

Denver: RiNo and Santa Fe Arts District. Popular street artists have turned Denver streets into literal canvases of color, especially in these two neighborhoods. Perfect for an afternoon of exploring at your leisure.

Fort Walton Beach: Air Force Armament Museum. The only museum in the world dedicated to artifacts associated with Air Force Armament- including more than 29 different aircraft, dating from WWII to the present.

Houston: Space Center Houston. Home to more than 400 artifacts and traveling exhibits- all devoted to American space flight programs. It's also home to NASA's Mission Control and astronaut training center. 

Las VegasFlamingo Wildlife Habitat. Located on the grounds of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and filled with exotic birds, fish, and turtles. Two brown pelicans joined in 2012 after being rescued. 

Los AngelesOlvera Street. A protected historic area called The Pueblo, this oldest continuous neighborhood in L.A. offers a variety of musicians, food carts, and vendors selling traditional pottery, leather goods, and more. 

OrlandoEast End Market. This neighborhood market is located in the Audubon Park Garden District. It’s filled with food, artisans, and chefs, complete with a demonstration kitchen and retail shops. 

PhoenixThe Desert Botanical Garden. Learn more about desert flora at the gardens. The Desert Botanical Garden covers 140 acres and has more than 50,000 plants on display, with exhibits organized year-round. 

TampaThe Tampa Riverwalk. This winding walk along the Hillsborough River offers a scenic view of the city, especially at night. Along the way, you’ll find local artists, scenic parks, and fantastic restaurants. 

We’re proud to be your connection to the world of travel. When traveling to any of our 12 non-stop destinations, make some time to enjoy and explore the local culture. It’s time well-spent. 



Feb 24 2020 Planning Your Summer Vacation BY sgf-adminTAGS



It may be winter now, but it’s never too early to start vacation-planning! Follow these tips to plan the vacation of your family’s dreams.

Think Big Picture. If you find planning the perfect vacation to be overwhelming, start by focusing on the experiences you most want to have. Nail down the big picture and the details will fall into place. 

DIY. For some, planning is part of the fun. Use sites like Frommer’s Travel GuideTrip Advisor or Virtual Tourist to make your own in-depth plan; and check out our earlier blogs for tips on travel destinations like Los AngelesChicago, and Denver.

Family Resort. If your trip includes your parents, siblings, and/or kids, consider a family-friendly resort. In addition to lodging and food, they often include activities of interest to different age groups, giving you breaks from togetherness. Good Housekeeping has an excellent list of options. 

All-Inclusive. Want everything in one location? An all-inclusive resort could be the solution. Accommodations, meals, massages, boating excursions and sometimes even adult beverages are included in one price. Many all-inclusive resorts offer entertainment, day tours, dances and other festivities. Check out the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean from U.S. News & World Report

Travel Agent. No idea where to start? Call a professional. Travel agents can help uncover exactly what you’re looking for and handle the planning as well. They’re extremely helpful if it’s your first time traveling outside the U.S. or if you’re simply unfamiliar with your destination. Travel & Leisure offers 7 tips for finding the best agent. 

No matter what kind of experience you seek, the Springfield Airport can get you there with 12 non-stop destinations. We’re your connection to the world of travel.