Virtual Field Trips and Audio Books
Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. So many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.
Africam – Watch animals in the African bush live.
All About Birds – Watch birds all over the US and world via live webcams.
Explore – Watch animals all over the world with these live webcams.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure – Learn about dolphins, sea turtles, and more during this video-based tour.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam.
National Aquarium – Take a virtual tour of this aquarium located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Art, History and Science Museums
The British Museum – View the museum’s galleries online.
MetKids – Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Arts with an interactive map and videos.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Virtually explore many current and past museum exhibits.
National Museum of the US Air Force – Take a virtual tour of this museum.
Google Arts and Culture – View the art collections of over 500 different museums and galleries. Some of the museums also offer full virtual tours.
Cave Paintings of Lascaux: A virtual visit to the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, France.
Destination Modern Art: An interactive tour of the Museum of Modern Art for children of all ages.
Vatican Museums – Virtually tour numerous museums, chapels, and galleries.
Around the World
Son Doong Cave – Explore the world’s largest cave with 360-degree images.
360 Cities – Provides interactive 360-degree videos and images of locations around the world.
Great Wall of China – This panoramic virtual tour allows you to walk the Great Wall.
Stonehenge – Wiltshire, United Kingdom
The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
Wilson Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The White House – Washington, D.C.
The Virtual Rainforest – Learn about the rainforest with this interactive tour that includes informative videos and articles.
The Statue of Liberty – Learn about the Statue of Liberty through the videos and photographs in this virtual tour.
Buckingham Palace – Tour the famous London palace virtually.
Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France
Ellis Island – Visit Ellis Island with this video created by Scholastic.
Eggs in Schools – Take a video-based tour of several egg farms.
Farm Tours – Learn about agriculture through these virtual tours of farms in Canada.
E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum – Browse the online collection or search for a specific specimen.
Yosemite National Park – Tour the park with interactive panoramic photographs.
Mount Everest – Explore the mountain through 360-degree photos and informative articles.
Mount Vernon – Take an interactive and informative tour of George Washington’s home in Virginia.
Boeing Aerospace Tour – Join Boeing on a virtual field trip to the Johnson Space Center.
International Space Station – Take a video tour of the space station.
Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
NASA Glenn Research Center – Take a look around the facilities with these interactive virtual tours.
Virtual Trip to the Sun – Take a video-based journey from the Earth from the Sun, stopping at our moon, Venus, and Mercury.
Houston Zoo – Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
The Louvre Museum – Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
San Diego Zoo – Watch live videos and learn about animals, play games, and more on this interactive website.
Zoo Tours – This YouTube channel visits zoos all over the country.
Power Plant Tour – Learn what goes on inside a power plant.
AirPano – Visit locations all over the world virtually with 360-degree videos and photographs.
Discovery Education – This website offers a wide variety of virtual field trips.
Sites in 3D – Tour locations across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Yemen, and many other countries using 360-degree images.
Google Earth – “Fly” anywhere in the world in seconds, explore hundreds of cities in 3D, take guided tours, and create your own maps and stories.
Google Maps Street View – Type in any address, select street view and explore the area. Not only can you take a virtual trip down the streets, but you can also “step” into many museums, landmarks, and other attractions. Here are some I’ve found.