Stuck at Home? Here are 30+ great Virtual Field Trips for early learners to explore from your home on your couch. From zoos and landmarks to famous museums, you can explore the world with your child with over a month of virtual field trips!
One thing that the recent global quarantine has made us all realize very clearly is that we’re all part of one earth. We all have many commonalities and many things that are unique to where we live.
As we are at home, working from home and spending more time with the kids, I’d love to suggest we spend a little more time exploring this amazing planet that we’ve been gifted to during our lifetime.
Google Earth is such an amazing tool to use with your child to encourage them to explore the world. You can be at home on your sofa or at our desk and transport to anywhere on the earth.
Where would you want to go?
With your child start with where you live. Then go to their school and where you shop near you and then find where family and friends live. Next, explore some of their favorite spots you’ve vacationed and now it’s time to explore where you’ve never been. But where do you start?
Let’s start by exploring some amazing popular travel destinations that also happen to have webcams for you to step inside and explore.
Google’s Art and Culture is a great resource to kick start your global search too. Did you know that Google’s “World Wonders” project offers virtual tours of 132 famous sites? So many amazing virtual tours of museums for kids!!
30 Virtual Field Trips for Kids
I’ve put together a collection of locations for virtual field trips that I believe as a teacher and a mom that are appropriate for the kid to watch online. I’d encourage you though to talk about these locations as a family. You can track your virtual tours with our Printable Virtual Field Trip Log!
Perhaps start working on a travel bucket list together and a virtual travel bucket list. That way your child can make their own itinerary too.
Where do you think your child wants to go to?
Animal Virtual Tours for Kid
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Georgia Aquarium
- Houston Zoo
- Atlanta Zoo – Pandas
- San Diego Zoo
- Smithsonian National Zoo
- The Tundra with Discovery Education
- Virtual Farm Tours
Here’s a list of all the zoos with webcams to explore.
For a little movement, try this zoo themed yoga
US History Virtual Tours
- The White House
A Virtual Tour by the Obamas
- Mount Vernon
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Mount Rushmore
- Liberty Bell
Create your own Living History Museum at home after your virtual tour!
US Landmarks Virtual Tours
US National Parks Virtual Tours
- Yellowstone National Park
- The Grand Canyon
- Hidden World of National Parks by Google Art and Culture
- National Parks Foundation: Electronic Field Trip
- NPS Webcams at the National Parks
- Virtual Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park
- Virtual Hike from Rim to River at Grand Canyon
- Glacier National Park
- Yosemite Park
- Smoky Mountain National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns
Find Your Virtual Park – Connect with national parks from a distance through digital opportunities and activities to do in your own home or neighborhood.
Museum Virtual Tours
- Smithsonian Museum
- Van Gogh Museum
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours
- Google Art and Culture: Top 10 Museums you Can Explore
Virtual Tours Around the World
- Great Wall of China
- Buckingham Palace
- The Louvre
- Taj Mahal
- Red Square in Russia
- Largest Flower Garden, Keukenhof
Virtual Tours of Space
Live Webcams Around the World
Virtual Field Trip Activities for Home
Looking for ways to expand the virtual tour?
Once you’ve viewed one of the Virtual tours, you can…
- Write up about what you learned
- Draw a picture of your favorite part
- Create a version with legos, building blocks or playdough
- Find a book online to learn more about the location
- Create a themed craft based on where you took a virtual tour
- Recreate it with sidewalk chalk
- Cook a dish from that region
There are so many amazing resources to explore virtually to learn about our amazing planet and the treasures and history within it.
One resource that I found to be the most amazing was Google Art and Culture resource. I high recommend exploring it as a family during this time.
Virtual Tours for Kids
Wishing you the very best as we fight this together. Take this time while you’re stuck at home to explore the world virtually and help us work together to fight the spread of the Coronavirus around the world.