The effects of social distancing have left many families feeling a little stir-crazy. We might be stuck inside, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop exploring! Did you know that you can “virtual travel” to many of the world’s cities and attractions? Although virtual tourism has been around for the better part of a decade, technological advances have made it easier and more fulfilling than ever to roam various destinations all with never leaving your home. Best part? No plane ticket required, and you can visit in your pajamas.
Ready to explore? Read on for our curated list of the best family virtual trips and destinations that you can visit!
1. Paris Virtual Field Trip
Dreaming of April in Paris? Oui! Travel to all the major sites of Paris, France through a stunning 360 degree virtual video tour set to fun music. More of an art fan? See amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
2. Take a Disney Virtual Tour
Had spring break Disney plans and can no longer make the trip? Take the kids on a trip to Disney to experience all the rides virtually, from the comfort of your own home. These virtual Disney rides will make your couch the happiest place on earth. (The virtual rides are so much fun – highly recommend!).
3. Virtually Tour the Famous Carlsbad Caverns
Go underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and discover some of the largest caves in North America. This (gorgeous) virtual tour appeals equally to children and adults.
4. Climb the Great Wall of China from your Couch
Quarantine in the perfect time to plan the Bucket list trip of your dreams. One of our favorites: this virtual tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
5. Visit Yellowstone National Park Virtually
The flagship of the National Park Service and a favorite to millions of visitors a year – you can now take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park from your computer.
6. Get Wild at the San Diego Zoo
Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo from anywhere in the world! The Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
7. Dive into Marine Sanctuaries Virtually
Go deep with these immersive 360-degree view digital tours of the national marine sanctuaries. What kind of aquatic life do you think you’ll find?
London Calling? As one of our last big trips before Corona hit was London, so we often find ourselves reminiscing about the trip often. We LOVE this virtual tour of the city‘s most popular landmarks, not only is it beautifully done – it feels very immersive like you are actually there exploring London, all from the comfort of home.
9. New York, New York Virtually
Even though its our home town – we miss being able to go outside and explore! When we cant get outside – we love passing the time with this virtual tour and also our friends LIVE episodes that she broadcasts from across the city (check out her archives!). Additionally – most NYC museums and public art spaces are available on Google Art and Culture.
Have a little one at home who’s interested in NYC? Travel to the city virtually with our new Little Kid, Big City! Adventure Book Series LIVE doodling episodes, Little Kid Big City, Draw with Me! This illustrated travel adventure will help children and their families creatively travel to NYC from the comfort of their home.
Happy (digital) exploring!!