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Traveling Around the World: Virtual Tours and Field Trips

Isn't Field Trip Day the best? A field trip can be such a nice break from your typical school day. You get to visit new places and explore all kinds of things. You get to hang out with your friends and see the world outside of your normal everyday life. We know these opportunities don't happen that often, not to mention, they take a lot of coordination and money. Luckily, there's a better option, virtual field trips! Its super easy, free, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As long as you have an internet connection, you can take a virtual trip from anywhere around the world. Go with your friends during a group chat or by yourself any time you want. Make it a family trip, or a class trip! It's your choice!

Parks, Aquariums, Zoos, Museums and more of the United States

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Learn about prehistoric life under the sea and the beginnings of human life using these narrated virtual tours. This museum's mission is to promote understanding of the natural world and our place in it.
  • The Hidden Worlds of National Parks - Explore these amazing National Parks in this interactive series of virtual trips to Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida. Narrated by Park Rangers, this presentation is not only full of things to see, but it's also packed with interesting information about each place.
  • Ripley Aquariums - Watch the live streams to see penguins, jellyfish, tropical fish, and stingrays in action! There are also fun arts and crafts available.
  • The San Diego Zoo - Catch some of your favorite animals in action through the Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo in California. Learn about the animals and do some fun activities!
  • Great Lakes Virtual Field Trip - In this series of 3 videos, learn about Coastal Wetlands, Algae and Fish that inhabit the Great Lakes!
  • Butterfly World - Everyone loves butterflies! They are so beautiful! Learn about the life of a butterfly in this super fun field trip to Butterfly World in Florida.
  • The National Aquarium - Find the arrows and take a walk through the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. See what kinds of aquatic life you will discover and learn about.
  • Yellowstone National Park - This amazing park stretches across 3 states! In this virtual tour, you will walk to some of the main attractions.

United States History

  • The United States Constitution - Learn about the Civil War, American Treasures, Alexander Hamilton, and Signer's Hall.
  • Ellis Island - Travel to New York and see the Statue of Liberty! Learn what it was like for many immigrants when they first came over to the United States.
  • The White House Virtual Tour - See inside the White House! Look around and find the open doors. Click on them to explore all the different rooms in the home of the President of the United States of America.
  • The US Air Force Academy - Looking to become an Officer in the military? Check out this compilation of virtual tours by the United States Air Force Academy.
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force - Take a virtual tour of the museum and marvel at the various aircrafts on display. Go into each of the cockpits to see 360 degree views of all the different aircrafts.

Outer Space

  • NASA Solar System Exploration - Navigate through NASA's Solar System Exploration tool! Travel to the sun, planets, moons, and more!
  • International Space Station Tour - Take a tour with a real astronaut through the International Space Station! Learn some really cool things about what it's like to be in space and how the astronauts live while on their missions! The 4 segments of this tour are named Destiny, Columbus, Kibo, Cupola and Leonardo, Zarya and Zvezda, and Harmony, Tranquility and Unity.
  • Virtual Planetarium - Look around the sky in this virtual planetarium and toggle the buttons at the bottom of the screen. Check out the different constellations, planets, stars and more! Click and drag around as if you were floating around in space!
  • Blast Off to Mars - Check out the real surface of Mars recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover!

World Travel

  • Peru - Machu Picchu - Discover one of South America's most desired travel destinations on a mountaintop in Peru! This place was recently voted as one of the new seven wonders of the world!
  • HistoryView Virtual Tours - Using 3D laser scanning cameras, this site allows you to get a virtual reality look at so many places including the Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos Islands, the Roman Colosseum, and so many more!
  • The Story of Polar Bears - Take a trip to the Arctic and learn all about Polar Bears through Polar Bears International.
  • Australia Zoo - Join Robert Irwin, son of the famous "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, and tour some of the amazing wildlife found at the Australia Zoo.
  • Cities from Around the World - Go around the world and find a place you might want to visit. Click on the images and see some beautiful sights in each of the 360 degree photographs.
  • Reach the World - Most people live in the same area for their entire lives, but there is a whole world out there! Read about these world travelers who have lived in a country outside of their own.
  • The Giza Plateau - Explore the Pyramids of Giza and the most famous archeologic site in the world!
  • The Great Wall of China - Stretching 3,000 miles across China, the Great Wall is truly a wonder of the world. Look for the arrows and click on them to see some really spectacular views!
  • The Cave of Son Doong - Located in Vietnam, in the middle of a jungle, enter the largest cave in the entire world! Find the arrows and click and drag the screen to see all around you in the mystifying Garden of Edam.
  • National Museum of World Culture - Visiting this Mexico City museum will educate you about the different cultures of the world.
  • Royal Residences - Who wouldn't want to see Palaces and Castles? Explore these magnificent royal residences including Buckingham Palace, the Windsor Castle, and more!
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - Click around and find the red and yellow dots to discover art from all around the world!
  • The Taj Mahal - Travel to India to see one of the greatest monuments of all time. Explore the inside and outside of 22 different areas.

Science & Technology

  • Internet of Things - Learn some really interesting facts about how we are technologically connected throughout the world!
  • Disney World Imagineering - Learn how Disney "Imagineers" make dreams into reality in this 5 part virtual tour featuring some of Disney's creative & technical people. Hear from artists, architects, and engineers and see behind-the-scenes footage inside the magical world of Disney!
  • Underwater Bioluminescence - Scroll down to the bottom of the link's page and watch the video of Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico. This is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world.
  • Liquid in Space - See what water looks like in space! Watch what happens to liquid without any gravity.
  • Northern Lights - Discover the beautiful aurora borealis and learn how this scientific phenomenon happens. Check in at the forecasted time to watch the northern lights using the All Sky Camera.
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