This is a bizarre time for us all. While it may be scary, we should remember how fortunate we are to have access to this amazing online world. It offers endless opportunities for virtual travel if you know where to look. So many incredible places are stepping up to offer a free virtual field trip, keeping us on the go even while we’re stuck at home.
Some of these virtual field trips have always existed, but many others are venturing into uncharted territory. Either way, we’re excited about all this buzz around virtual travel. And I, for one, am grateful for this long list of fun “places” to take my kids during the [home]school day:
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back frequently—we will continue to update this list as we learn of new and exciting destinations!
Webcams Around the World
Museums & Galleries
Also check out the Google Arts & Culture Collection for thousands more virtual museum tours!
Historical Sites & Landmarks
Explore more with Google’s Street View…from museums to monuments, if you can name it, you can find it!
Science & Nature
Discovery Education offers several on-demand and live virtual field trips for those who love the world of science!
Thanks to a collaboration between Google and The National Parks Service, these incredible virtual tours will whisk you away to some of America’s most breathtaking natural landmarks:
- Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
- Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
- Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)
Other Cool Stuff
- Farm Food 360: Canadian Farm & Food Tours
- Theatrical stages around the world
- 360 Cities: the world’s largest collection of stock 360 images & videos (also check out AirPano)
- Explore New York Public Library’s digital collection
There are so many ways to explore this vast world without ever setting foot on a plane. Sure, we prefer the real thing but that’s not always possible. During times like these, virtual travel is a great alternative. Make the most of this time at home and travel as a family—you’ll never regret the time spent together!
Tired of the glow? Check out these hands-on activities for plenty of ways to learn and explore when you need a break from the screens.