Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips allow children to visit places around the world without ever leaving their homes. Through virtual field trips, they can visit other states, countries across the globe, and even other planets. This allows children to experience places they wouldn’t get to see otherwise. Virtual field trips are also great for when you can’t get out due to illness or can’t afford to travel. Here are several free resources your family can use to take virtual field trips.
Free Virtual Field Trips
Africam – Watch animals in the African bush live.
All About Birds – Watch birds all over the US and world via live webcams.
Anne Frank House – Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam.
Beyond the Battle Field – Watch a behind-the-scenes video-based field trip of the Museum of the American Revolution.
Boeing Aerospace Tour – Join Boeing on a virtual field trip to the Johnson Space Center.
The British Museum – View the museum’s galleries online.
Buckingham Palace – Tour the famous London palace virtually.
Collum’s Lumber Mill – Watch the process of pine trees being made into lumber.
Dublin Zoo – Watch giraffes, zebras, rhinos, elephants, and penguins via live webcams.
Ellis Island – Visit Ellis Island with this video created by Scholastic.
Explore – Watch animals all over the world with these live webcams.
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.
Ford’s Theater – Tour the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination through panoramic images.
Franklin Park Zoo– explore the zoo using an interactive map and videos.
HenCam – Observe chickens on a small backyard farm in Massachusetts.
Historic Philadelphia – Take a picture-based tour of historic sites in Philadelphia, PA. Stops include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross Hall, and more.
Holy Land Tour – Virtually visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more.
Houston Zoo – Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
International Space Station – Take a video tour of the space station.
The Louvre Museum – Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure – Learn about dolphins, sea turtles, and more during this video-based tour.
Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
Memphis Fire Department – Watch a video tour of the fire department.
MetKids – Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Arts with an interactive map and videos.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam.
Mount Everest – Explore the mountain through 360-degree photos and informative articles.
Mount Olive Tour – Learn how pickles are made with this video tour.
Mount Vernon – Take an interactive and informative tour of George Washington’s home in Virginia.
Museo Galileo – Virtually tour this museum dedicated to Galileo in Florence, Italy.
The Most Dangerous Ways to School – Watch children all over the world travel to school with this 13 episode documentary series.
NASA Glenn Research Center – Take a look around the facilities with these interactive virtual tours.
National Aquarium – Take a virtual tour of this aquarium located in Baltimore, Maryland.
National Museum of the US Air Force – Take a virtual tour of this museum.
National Portrait Gallery – Take a tour of this London museum through 360-degree images.
The Nature Conservancy – Explore ecosystems all over the world with video based tours.
The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma – Explore nature in Oklahoma through videos and photographs.
Rick Steves’ Europe – Visit and learn about Europe with this YouTube channel.
San Diego Zoo – Watch live videos and learn about animals, play games, and more on this interactive website.
September 11th Memorial and Museum – Explore the museum with this interactive video-based virtual tour.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Virtually explore many current and past museum exhibits.
Son Doong Cave – Explore the world’s largest cave with 360-degree images.
The Statue of Liberty – Learn about the Statue of Liberty through the videos and photographs in this virtual tour.
Titanic Wreckage – Virtually tour the Titanic wreckage on the ocean floor.
Vatican Museums – Virtually tour numerous museums, chapels, and galleries.
The Virtual Rainforest – Learn about the rainforest with this interactive tour that includes informative videos and articles.
Virtual Trip to the Sun – Take a video-based journey from the Earth from the Sun, stopping at our moon, Venus, and Mercury.
Yosemite National Park – Tour the park with interactive panoramic photographs.
Zoo Tours – This YouTube channel visits zoos all over the country.
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.
360 Cities – Provides interactive 360-degree videos and images of locations around the world.
Sites in 3D – Tour locations across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Yemen, and many other countries using 360-degree images.
Google Arts and Culture – View the art collections of over 500 different museums and galleries. Some of the museums also offer full virtual tours.
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.
- The White House – Washington, D.C.
- The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
- Great Wall of China – Huairou District, China
- Stonehenge – Wiltshire, United Kingdom
- Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France
- Wilson Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- This is just a small sample of the places you can tour with Google Maps. Search for other locations that interest your family and see if Google will let you take a peek inside.
World of Wonder Travel – Take virtual trips around the US and world. The website includes a free printable passport and stamps to track the field trips, as well as other educational activities.
Free Virtual Field Trip Printables
These printables provide a way for your children to record what they’ve learned on their virtual field trips.
- Virtual Field Trip Journaling & Notebooking Pack
- Virtual Field Trip Log
- Field Trip Follow Up Poster
- Virtual Field Trip Travel Report
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