When your itchy travel feet are stuck indoors with the family, take your family travel vacation online with these virtual field trips. Your next virtual family trip is perhaps the most affordable to set sail online and visit iconic world-wide and travel bucket list worthy destinations including the Great Wall of China, Amazon Rainforest, Yellowstone National Park, San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and more.
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Virtual Field Trips: Explore & Experience the World
For travelers feeling grounded by social isolation and stuck inside, get ready to pack your bags with these virtual field trips. Experience and explore iconic travel destinations, world-famous zoos, museums, aquariums, and national parks — all virtually and online.
A great way for kids to experience new places is to travel virtually. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos, aquariums, and worldwide travel destinations have set up virtual tours and webcams. Now more than ever your family can travel online and visit destinations and attractions around the world from the comfort of your home.
Read on for a quick clickable list to my favorite places to experience virtual field trips, one of the so many fun things to do when stuck inside and unable to travel.
Animals make me smile, and from pandas to sloths, these are my fav zoo webcams when you’re stuck indoors.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Houston Zoo
- San Diego Zoo
- Panda Cam at the Zoo Atlanta
- Hattiesburg Zoo Sloth Cam
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington DC
Virtual Tours of Museums Worldwide
When you’re stuck inside, get ready to explore the world and its famous museums, including The MET in New York City, Van Gogh in Amsterdam, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and the Acropolis in Athens. Add these online tours to your virtual field trips list.
- MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- The MET, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe, NM
- Tate Britain, London, England
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- The Acropolis Museum, Athina Greece
- Holocaust Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Want more virtual field trips to museums? Have you heard about the Google Arts & Culture project? This massive undertaking includes more than 2,500 spaces from around the world that offer virtual field trips, accessible online.
Aquariums Webcams and Virtual Field Trips
Kids of all ages are fascinated with underwater creatures and adventures. Seriously, how many times have we all watched, re-watched, and watched again Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and Shark Tale? Bring those adventures alive with these aquarium webcams and virtual field trips.
- Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Georgia Aquarium + Georgia Aquarium Virtual Tour
- National Aquarium in Baltimore
- Seattle Aquarium Virtual Field Trip
Virtual Tours of the National Parks
Ready to explore Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the United States. Even if you’re stuck at home, take this virtual field trip of Yellowstone, and experience and explore this national park.
But wait there are more ways to learn about our national parks – virtually. Google actually put together a collection of virtual tours of the National Parks. The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks are virtual tours combining 360-degree video, panoramic photos, and expert narration.
Virtual Farm Tours
Channel your inner country family with these virtual farm tours courtesy of Canadian farmers. From dairy farms to pig farms, see for yourself how the hard-working farmers do it all and bring it to your table. The Dairy Alliance also offers virtual field trips.
Travel the World – Virtually
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t travel the world. So many iconic, ancient landmarks and bucket list destinations and tourist stops offer virtual tours. Here are just a few:
The Great Wall of China
As China’s most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is on my travel bucket list. At over 2,000 years old and stretching over 3,000 miles, this iconic attraction is considered a wonder of the world, and perhaps one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet. And you don’t have to go there to experience its wonders with this virtual field trip: The Great Wall of China.
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
From the annual migration of polar bears in the Tundra to blasting off at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Discovery Education offers free virtual field trips to destinations around the world.
African Safari Virtual Field Trip
Introduce your family to the layers of the Amazon Rainforest and the animals that live there, via this virtual field trip.
Experience more with these 25+ Rainforest Animal Crafts for Kids.
Take a Virtual Walk on Mars
Even the sky isn’t the limit with Google Access. Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity rover, explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view and about space exploration.
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