TABLETOP TRIPS & LOCAL HIKES
Missing traveling and taking trips? Then try out one of these virtual trips. There are amazing tours of parks, museums, monuments and so much more! They're also a great "field trip" for kids!
Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. Take this amazing virtual tour. The museum also offers some amazing virtual learning resources.
US National Parks
Follow rangers on a journey to places most people never go. Experience the sights, sounds, and adventures of Kenai Fjords, Hawaiii Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas in stunning 360° video.
Join us live for our new Virtual Field Trips or watch them on demand later. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on-learning activities. You have to set up an account, FYI.
The Georgia Aquarium offers several webcams. You can watch African Penguins, Puffins underwater, California Sealions, an Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef and – yes – the Beluga whales.
The Great Wall
Take a virtual tour of China’s most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China.
Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the most important in the world. It is a central museum, with finds from all parts of the Greek world.
Visit Washington DC’s Gallery virtually through video tours of current exhibitions, in-depth looks at highlights of the collection, online learning opportunities, audio and video recordings of lectures by artists and curators, and more.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera, now a museum of international repute, was initially established alongside the Accademia di Belle Arti which Maria Theresa of Austria founded in 1776 to offer the students the opportunity to study masterpieces of art.
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don’t have to wait for your trip out here. You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park. Included with each tour is additional information about visiting in person.
Google Earth Tours
The map and satellite imagery masters at Google Earth have put together a series of guided virtual tours of 31 national parks around the country, providing a stunning glimpse of the trails and vistas you can take advantage of if you visit them in real life.
Check out the official resident of the Queen of England. The first tour will take you to the Grand Staircase. Click on the small images below to access further tours of the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.
Holy moly. Explore.org has a LOT of webcams and you can look at everything from animals to the Northern Lights. Just clicking through all the cams will burn up at least a good 20 minutes of your day!
NASA's Mission Control
Take a 360-degree, virtual tour of the Hubble Space Telescope’s home for mission operations, the Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The Wolf Conservation Center in New York state is a pretty cool place. They also offer a collection of webcams allow an unlimited number of viewers to enter the private lives of our “Ambassador” wolves Atka, Alawa, Zephyr and Nikai, and seven elusive packs of critically endangered wolves via unobtrusive cameras in and around anticipated den sites.
Tours of Everywhere
This site offers 360 visits or virtual reality tours of loads of places. Seriously - you can check out events, tourist spots, hotels, businesses, even fly a plane! The cool thing? You can take college tours! How’s that for a good use of time?
Inca Trail Challenge
The Inca Trail Virtual Marathon takes you 26.2 miles along the Inca Trail in Peru and right through Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.Each time you complete any distance based exercise activity such as running, walking, cycling, swimming etc you advance along the Inca Trail. You even earn a medal!
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications.
Over in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum is an oasis of classical Dutch art, Asian artefacts and 17th-century silver and porcelain. The Street View-style tour is fine, but better to stick to the brilliant online exhibitions, like the interactive guide to the master of throwing shade, Rembrandt. You can even get up close and personal with ‘The Night Watch’.
Fancy a trip to Paris? Oui oui! This grand museum holds the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works in the world, and you can click your way through the very best among them thanks to interactive galleries featuring van Gogh, Cézanne, Degas and more.
Forty-five seconds. That’s how long you normally have to bathe in the twinkling, reflective abyss of Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinite Mirrored Room’ at the Broad. But now you can spend as much time with its signature piece as you’d like – virtually, at least. As part of its Broad from Home initiative, you can watch a video of Kusama’s artwork set to a spacey soundtrack.
Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions.
As well as a vast online catalogue of Pablo’s best bits, this temple to all things Picasso offers a 360-degree tour of some of the best-preserved Medieval architecture in Barcelona.
Go on a treasure hunt in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, home to a massive collection of Chinese arts and crafts from the neolithic to the modern era. Choose from a selection of guided tours and click on anything that piques your interest as you mooch around.
You can view 129 artworks from MoMA’s collection on Google, including big-hitters like van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’, Paul Cézanne’s ‘Still Life with Apples’ and Rousseau’s ‘The Sleeping Gypsy’ all arranged in easy-to-access categories.
New Jersey’s Duke Farms installed a webcam on a tree adjacent to a Bald Eagle nest to provide a live look at the daily lives of the eagles. In partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, lesson plans have been created to facilitate place-based educational opportunities.
After months at sea, female and juvenile northern elephant seals haul themselves out of the frigid Pacific Ocean for molting season. The seals fill beaches along California and Oregon-Washington coasts for a period of four to six weeks as they molt layers of old fur and skin before returning to the water.
Architecture lovers will be thrilled to know that they can still get insight into the work of America’s greatest architect, even in a time of social distancing. Frank Lloyd Wright‘s career spanned over 70 years, in which time he was responsible for designing over 1,000 buildings. Virtually tour 12 of his most famous buildings.
Visit the Gorillas
Last year, Ellen Degeneres hired their company to get this incredible footage of gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Now, you can watch this amazing video and feel like you're right there with them.
Over 2,000 years ago, the Nabataeans created Petra—the city of stone. Journey with us behind the iconic facade from the movies, and discover one of the great wonders of the world, forgotten by time itself.
Candlelight Tomb Tour
Beneath the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral are the only catacombs in Manhattan, and one of only a handful that exists in the entire United States. Tours every day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm NY time.