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People go crazy for Minnesota Landscape Arboretum tickets

The first weekend of slots have already sold out.

For the past six weeks the majority of Minnesotans have been dutifully observing social distancing at home, so you can't blame them for being eager for a change of scenery.

It should come as no surprise therefore that there was a massive rush for tickets for one of the few social distancing-friendly attractions that has been able to re-open: the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

The arboretum announced on Thursday that it was reopening its 3-Mile Drive to vehicles starting Friday, with people able to book time slots to take in the grounds of the arboretum from the comfort of their cars.

It didn't take long for the time slots for the first three days to sell out.

"The response has been overwhelming!" said the arboretum in an email press release on Thursday evening.

As of Thursday, there were still 60 percent of time slots available for between Monday through the following Sunday.

The arboretum will open to vehicles only daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitors are required to register online, and to “generally keep moving” along the drive. The parking lot and the main building will remain closed.

Tickets will cost $15 per car for non-members, with all visitors required to show a receipt for online registration via phone or a printed copy to the gatehouse staff through closed windows. 

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