Virtual Travel For Kids - Field Trips, Zoos, Museums

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

A resource list of online museum tours, virtual field trips, zoo live feeds, & ways to travel at home for kids

Looking for ways to keep young minds busy? Travel the world virtually, no passport necessary! I’ve got tons of links for online museums, virtual field trips for kids, wildlife live feeds, kid-friendly travel documentaries, game ideas, and links for travel-related learning and play at home.

This is a great resource list for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who wants to help kids learn about the world and keep exploring in-between trips. Be sure to pin it for later and share with friends or family!

Ready for some armchair travel and virtual field trips for kids? Let’s go!

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Google Arts and Culture Project and Virtual Reality Tours

Some of the sites in my list below participate in the Google Arts and Culture project, which is content from over 2,000 organizations that have partnered with Google to bring their collections and galleries online.

For some online experiences, a virtual reality viewer can be used to immerse yourself in the tour. The simplest virtual reality headsets use a smartphone for this, with an inexpensive viewer like Google Cardboard which you can order from Amazon.  You can use a viewer with a smart phone and the Google Arts & Culture app (downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play) or other websites with virtual reality tours.


photo of child with goggles and wings ready for an adventure

Airbnb Experiences is now offering paid virtual field trips for kids! Check out all their interactive global adventures with kid-friendly hosts here.


Virtual Field Trips for Kids: Global Exploration & Cultures

Check out all of these virtual field trip resources for learning about new cultures and places around the globe. Click on the blue text throughout this article for links.

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

Explorer Classroom is a free live YouTube show that connects students with explorers around the world! All events are open to the public and are accompanied by a downloadable event guide with additional information, resources, and discussion questions. During registration, parents and teachers can even choose the option of their group being featured on-screen to interact in real-time with the presenter. Check out upcoming and past sessions on their website. Also don’t miss the National Geographic Education resource Library online.

Global Trek

Travel virtually around the globe with this website! Select a country and learn about the people, wildlife and history there.

Colorful Communities around the World

Check out this Google Earth virtual tour of some of the most colorful cities around the globe. Explore neighborhoods in Semarang, Indonesia; Capetown South Africa; Chefchaouen, Morocco and more. Click the arrows in the bottom right of the page to jump to the next city.

Virtual Tour: Chefchaouen Morocco's Blue City
Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City

National Geographic Kids

Tons of virtual field trip and learning resources including games, science, animals, trivia and more.

Virtual Day of the Dead | Dia de los Muertos

Learn about how the holiday of Day of the Dead is celebrated in different regions of Mexico and the United States with my virtual Day of the Dead feature!

Virtual Day of the Dead: Dia de los Muertos Festival & Traditions

Learn about Dia de los Muertos traditions with videos and resources for a virtual Day of the Dead field trip for kids & adults! See how the holiday is celebrated in different cities in Mexico and the U.S.

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Kids Web Japan: Virtual Culture

Learn about Japanese culture: sports, games, food, origami and more.

The Wonderment

The Wonderment is a non-profit organization that helps kids, teachers and community leaders share ideas, help communities and connect with others. Check out all the ideas, stories and resources here.

Dances Around the World

This (paid) downloadable lets kids learn 18 different traditional and cultural dances from Italy, Russia, Africa, India, China, and Mexico. Includes links to see the dances being performed.

Dances Around the World

U.S. and World Population Clock

Learn about U.S. and world population statistics from the U.S. Census website.

Homes by Tinybop

Kids can explore homes around the world with this app. Make meals, decorate, and play games. Play with pets and farm animals, listen to the radio, or play music. Download it on Google Play or the Apple Store.

Discovering Egypt

This site is run by an artist and researcher who has been fascinated by Ancient Egypt since he was a kid. Find information on hieroglyphs, pyramids, pharaohs, mummification, games and more. Also check out the episode of Nat Geo Kids’ “Are We There Yet: Egypt Pyramids” and all of their Egypt resources.

Virtual Costa Rica

Is Costa Rica on your family travel wish list? Check out this two-part Costa Rica virtual field trip from the family blog Two Weeks in Costa Rica. It includes wildlife cameras, volcanoes, storybooks and even how to plant a pineapple! Also check out the episode “Are We There Yet: Costa Rica Animal Rescue” from Nat Geo Kids.


Virtual Museum Tours for Kids

Explore some of the world’s best kid-friendly museums and collections on a virtual field trip from home.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Virtual tours of the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. Start in the iconic rotunda and see past and current exhibits like the Egypt Exhibit, Ocean Hall, Fossil Lab, Hall of Mammals and so much more!

Virtual Tour: Smithsonian Natural History Museum
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Photo courtesy the Smithsonian.

Fun Stuff For Kids and Teens from the Smithsonian

Check out the Smithsonian Institution’s roundup of “Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens” from all of their museums online.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Take a tour of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which maintains the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts. It’s part of the Google Arts and Culture App that makes museum collections available online.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The newest addition to the Smithsonians, the African American History and Culture Museum explores the richness and diversity of the African American experience and how it helped shape the nation. Get access to all the NMAAHC digital resources here, including their excellent guides on talking about race with kids with targeted resources for educators and parents or caregivers.

The British Museum

The British Museum’s “Young Explorers” site lets you explore facts, museum objects, games and more.

British Museum Archaeology Virtual Field Trip

Budding archaeologists can feel like Indiana Jones with this free virtual field trip lesson plan for grades 1-4.

The Hirshhorn Museum

The Hirshhorn Museum, a Washington DC Smithsonian museum that focuses on modern and contemporary art, has brought their HirshhornKids program online! They’re sharing ways to explore art and make hands-on projects at home inspired by Hirshhorn artworks. Check out this fun project for transforming rocks into Picasso art!

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery in Washington, DC has introduced an app with interactive activities inspired by works in their collection. It also includes a virtual sketchbook and gallery space where users can save their art. Additionally, don’t miss their online resource “An Eye for Art,” which introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work. it includes activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing.

Lesson Plan: “A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words”

This free lesson plan for grades 6-8 has activities for using artwork as an inspiration for creative writing.

Smithsonian American History Museum

The National Museum of American History has home resources designed to help kids explore American history. Don’t miss the online multimedia version of their Star Spangled Banner exhibit.


Love Washington, DC museums? Don’t miss my virtual Washington DC field trip for kids of all ages, with over 150 ways to explore DC’s museums, galleries and sights from home!

Washington DC Virtual Tour: Online Museums & Virtual Field Trip

Although we can’t travel right now, there are more ways than ever to explore the world from home. Luckily, virtual travel to Washington DC is no exception: I’ve discovered more than 150 ways for you to experience the U.S. capital from home.

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Boston Children’s Museum

Designed for children and families, the exhibits of the Boston Children’s Museum focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. Take a virtual tour or find resources for parents and educators here.

The Field Museum

Located in Chicago, the Field Museum grew out of items on display in the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to nearly 40 million artifacts. You can view their collections online, but for kids their best resource is the museum’s YouTube channel The Brain Scoop.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met in New York City has in its collection more than 5,000 years of global art through its three sites in New York City. View its collections and exhibits online. Also check out the episode from National Geographic Kids “Are We There Yet: Met Museum.”

The Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a central landmark of Paris, France. Visit online through their virtual tours of some of their most famous collections.

Virtual Tour: The Louvre Museum Virtual Tours
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France

MMCA Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

The MMCA in Seoul, South Korea is filled with collections of modern and contemporary art, whose bright colors, unique materials and bold shapes may capture kids’ attention better online than traditional art. (I visited when I was in Seoul and loved it too!)


Check out more museums online with Google Arts and Culture and my virtual Washington DC field trip.

Washington DC Virtual Tour: Online Museums & Virtual Field Trip

Although we can’t travel right now, there are more ways than ever to explore the world from home. Luckily, virtual travel to Washington DC is no exception: I’ve discovered more than 150 ways for you to experience the U.S. capital from home.

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Virtual Zoo Field Trips & Wildlife Webcams

See wildlife around the globe with these zoo livefeeds and wildlife webcams for your own zoo virtual field trip!

Atlanta Zoo

The Atlanta Zoo’s online offering is solely-focused on pandas. Don’t forget to press play (pandas are lazy but not THAT lazy – it took me a minute to realize the first time I watched!).

Virtual Tour: Panda at a zoo

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo’s live webcams include giraffes, gorillas, elephants and flamingos.

Cincinnati Zoo

As a native Cincinnatian, I was lucky to grow up with the Cincinnati Zoo! You might know their most famous resident, Fiona the preemie hippo. If you’re not familiar, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the United States, and has tons of conservation and wildlife education programs. Check out their Facebook page for “Live Safaris.”

Catch up on past days’ safaris with their list of Home Safari Resources which includes a little project to go along with each.

Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

This park’s location is very remote, and is renowned for having the largest elephants on the planet. You can also spot lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos, which along with elephants, make up the “Big 5” ( the top animals to see in Africa on safari). Viewing hours: day and night.  Be sure to turn on your sound to hear the birds and animals!

Virtual Tour: Elephant at a watering hole

Love safaris and animals? Be sure to check out my full wildlife field trips guide including how to see a live guided safari for FREE twice a day!

Virtual Field Trips: Zoo Webcams, Live Safaris and Wildlife Cams

Need a wildlife fix? Take a virtual field trip with the best zoo webcams, live safaris & wildlife cams for students & nature lovers! Includes resource links for parents & educators.

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Rosie’s Pan: Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa

This hidden camera at a secluded watering hole often catches lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and more. The first time I watched it, I saw a leopard! Viewing hours: day and night.

GRACE Center, Democratic Republic of Congo

This corridor connects the gorillas’ forest habitat with their night quarters at the The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE). It’s so exciting to see gorillas relaxing here!

Wolfpack Webcam

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. View their live webcams online day and night.

Orangutan Jungle School

The Smithsonian is offering episodes of its show Orangutan Jungle School for free. Watch young orangutans at a rehabilitation center learn the skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild! (You can also get a free 7-day trial to the channel to watch other shows.)


Virtual Aquarium Field Trips & Ocean Life Webcams

The Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has so many great livefeeds for an aquarium virtual field trip! Some favorites: Jellyfish, Beluga Whales, Southern Sea Otters and Ocean Voyagers – sharks, rays, turtles and more!

The National Aquarium

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the U.S. National Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.

Calling future scientists!

Budding marine biologists can help Zooniverse with their “Beluga Bits” project. They need home scientists to examine underwater photos of wild beluga whales and help them catalog the data. More info here!


Ocean lovers of all ages: don’t miss my guide to many more aquarium field trips with my feature on ocean live feeds and aquatic webcams.

Virtual Field Trip: Aquarium Live Feeds and Ocean Webcams

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Space & Science Virtual Field Trips

Nickelodeon Slime in Space

Take a virtual field trip into space with Nickelodeon and a group of NASA astronauts as they figure out what happens when you send slime into space! Includes “Slime in Space Resources” for teachers and parents.

Best Slime Recipes

To go along with this field trip, get the 4 best slime recipes from Home Science Tools.com.

Access Mars

Explore the surface of Mars with footage collected by the NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

National Air and Space Administration

NASA has a crazy amount of content available on its NASA At Home site! Future astronauts should be sure to “Imagine You’re An Astronaut” for fun info, video, history and learning projects. Nat Geo Kids has an episode “Are We There Yet: NASA.” And don’t miss this interactive exhibit of Neil Armstrong’s Space Suit from the National Air and Space Museum.

International Space Station

Got a pair of old 3D glasses laying around? Check out this cool 3-D virtual tour of the Space Station!

Virtual Field Trip: International Space Station

Google Moon

You’ve probably heard of Google Earth, but did you know there’s also Google Moon? Explore tours of lunar landing sites narrated by Apollo astronauts and learn about the moon and space missions there.

Weather School

The Capital Weather Gang, as the meteorologists at the Washington Post are known, hosted two weeks of “Weather School” videos this spring on their Facebook page.


Virtual Field Trips

Explore national parks and tourism sites and get links to tons of virtual field trips around the globe!

U.S. National Parks – Virtual Tours via Google Earth 

Take virtual tours of more than 30 U.S. National Parks, including Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Dry Tortugas, Sequoia and more.

Become a Junior Park Ranger!

Kids can also become National Parks Junior Rangers. Find info and check out all of the National Parks resources for kids. Also the blog National Park Obsessed has a handy list of junior ranger badges kids can earn at home.

Virtual Field Trip: Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park in California

Google Earth: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

You can also explore UNESCO World heritage sites via Google Earth These are sites for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Check out Google’s suggestion for their top 8 culture sights here. Also, you can explore a wide variety of landmarks through Google Street view, including Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Roman Colosseum and the Egyptian Pyramids. The platform also recently launched the Heritage on the Edge initiative, which features five Unesco World Heritage sites under threat from climate change. The project includes 3D maps, augmented reality features, and expert opinions on how we can protect these treasured landmarks.

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots

The Roots & Shoots Foundation, founded by English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, has the goal of inspiring and empowering kids to affect change in their communities and the world. Now established in 110 countries around the globe, Roots & Shoots has both a YouTube channel and website with resources for kids and distance learning toolkits and lesson plans for educators.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was the plantation of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife Martha Washington. Explore and learn about the site with a very cool and immersive virtual tour.

Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum

This site has a wealth of American history resources and interactive experiences online. They’re hosting live learning sessions on Wednesdays and even share colonial recipes you can make at home.

Machu Picchu

Experience the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru with this interactive virtual tour in 360 degrees. Explore further with this Machu Picchu resource from Nat Geo Kids and Peru country fact file.

The World’s Largest Cave

National Geographic has a really cool virtual tour of the world’s largest cave, Son Doong in Vietnam. Use the map to navigate. Be sure to turn your sound on to hear the sounds of the rainforest and traditional singing!

Virtual Chichen Itza

Take a virtual field trip to one of Mexico’s most-visited landmarks, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. These ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pre-Columbian city built around 600AD. Also check out this National Geographic Kids video about Chichen Itza and explore the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian’s online exhibit Living Maya Time.

Discovery Education 

Join Discovery Education live for new virtual field trips for kids, or watch on demand. All are free and have a companion guide that includes learning activities.

The Nature Conservancy

This global environmental nonprofit offers a wealth of virtual field trips and downloadable teacher guides. Designed for grades 5-8 but customizable for all ages, their Nature Lab virtual field trips let you travel to the rainforest of Borneo, the coral reefs of Palau, an ecosystem in Colombia and more! Also check out their guide to creating an at-home nature lab summer camp.

Great Wall of China 

Explore the Great Wall of China virtually and see amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. To go along with it, National Geographic Kids has a Great Wall “Are We There Yet” episode and 30 cool facts about China.

Virtual Tour of Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

360 Cities

The largest collection of 360-degree images and videos online, this site allows kids to explore cities across the globe for a virtual field trip.

Ellis Island

This Scholastic teacher’s activity guide for Ellis Island lets you explore Ellis Island from home.

Great Lakes Now

Explore the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes region with these virtual field trips. 

Virtual Field Trip: Winged Creatures in 360-Degrees

Using 360-degree videos and images, these field trips from Detroit Public Television let students explore a penguin conservation center, raptor habitat, and bat habitat.

Bradshaw Foundation

The Bradshaw Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on archaeology, anthropology and genetic research. It works to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early humankind’s artistic achievements. Check out their photos and information on cave painting around the globe, then this kids art project with tips for creating your own cave paintings.

Virtual Field Trip: Cave Paintings in Laas Geel Somaliland
Cave Paintings in Laas Geel Somaliland

Travel Books for Kids

Storytime from Space

Check out these videos of astronauts reading stories for kids from space!


And here are some great travel books for kids available from Amazon.


Travel-Related Craft Projects & Games

Hop over to my Pinterest board of global crafts for kids, including a printable “passport,” crafts for celebrations around the world, paper plate carnival masks and more!


And don’t miss these travel and geography-themed games available on Amazon.

Hands-On Activity Ideas for Families

We Are Teachers has a great guide for hands-on home learning activities that could go along with many of these field trips.


Music & Fun Stuff

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, the Washington Ballet among other performance groups. They have a wealth of digital arts learning resources online, including a playable Top 10 List of Classical Music that kids will enjoy, an instrument-spotting guide, and a musical tour of Europe.

Dr. Seuss Raps

Have you discovered Wes Tank’s story raps? Head over to YouTube and check out videos of him rapping Dr. Seuss favorites over hip hop beats by Dr. Dre and others. (Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre – get it?!) It’s super catchy and fun for both kids and adults, and kids can read/rap along at home. Find more of his original story raps at Kidoodle.tv, a free “Safe Streaming” platform for kids entertainment.

Birthplaces of Music Virtual Field Trip

Take an interactive virtual field trip through the birthplaces of 4 types of music: classical, jazz, rock n’ roll, and country. It’s geared toward high school students, but music lovers of all ages will find it interesting.

Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

Find out and test your geography knowledge with this revamp of the classic game from Google Earth.

Virtual Disney World

This YouTube Account helps you virtually experience the best of Walt Disney World’s attractions, shows, hotels and more. 

The blog Practical Wanderlust also has their own tips from a former cast member on a how to have a virtual Disney tour.

Disney World Virtual Tour

Additional Learning Resources

Here’s a roundup of other travel, geography and other global learning resources I came across in my virtual field trip and ‘travel from home” research. Be sure to check out my other guides to aquarium virtual field trips and zoo and safari field trips for additional related resources for teachers and parents.

  • Curiosity Stream  Access to a huge library of documentaries and non-fiction television shows. (paid subscription)

Looking for more virtual travel resources to keep traveling and learning from home?

Check out my all of my virtual travel content here! Includes a virtual Washington DC field trip, safari and zoo virtual field trips and aquarium live feeds (for kids of all ages!) and my virtual travel and things to do in-between trips (mostly for grown-ups).

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