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!
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.
Art Institute of Chicago
Vew the 44,000+ images of art online. Find out more in this article by Open Culture.
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.
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!
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’.
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.
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.