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The Ultimate Homeschool Guide to FREE Virtual Field Trips

Of course we love taking people on our Homeschool Road Trips! But right now, that’s not an option. If you’re looking for a fun way to “travel” with your family until we can all hit the road again, go on a virtual field trip instead! Below, you’ll find virtual field trips to museums, zoos, various states and countries, manufacturing centers, and more! There are also lots of live cams and even virtual rides to take. So if your family is feeling a little stir crazy and needing to get out and have some fun, do it virtually! 

This is part of a series of FREE resources! To see the rest of the educational resources in this series, click here. 

You can find many FREE Field Trip Journals on Teacher Pay Teachers. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:%20field%20trip%20journal/Order:Price-Asc

Here is a FREE Lesson Plan for taking a virtual field Trip. http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/activities-projects/take-virtual-field-trip-30290.html?main-tab=2#tabs

Ranger Rick has Free Digital Subscription as well. https://rangerrick.org/freedigital/

British Museum, London. This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Bryce Canyon in Utah https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/bryce-canyon/sunset-point-tour

Buckingham Palace https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

Carlsbad Caverns in Southern NM https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/carlsbad-caverns/natural-entrance-tour

This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Safari Live Daily 3 PM EST

Discovery Education has many virtual field trips from Tech and Manufacturing to Science, STEM and Exploration! https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/

Dry Tortugas https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/bryce-canyon/sunset-point-tour

Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

The Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh https://www.npg.org.uk/visit/360-gallery-views/

This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
https://www.thechinaguide.com/destinati…/great-wall-of-china

Hawaii Volcanoes https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/hawaii-volcanoes/nahuku-lava-tube-tour

International Space Station  https://rocketcenter.com/social/03-16-2020/explore-international-space-station-google-street-view

The J. Paul Getty Museum https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-j-paul-getty-museum

Kenai Fjords National Park https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/kenai-fjords/exit-glacier-tour

Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip. https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

The Met https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project

Mount Vernon https://virtualtour.mountvernon.org/

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en

National Portrait Gallery UK https://www.npg.org.uk/visit/360-gallery-views/

National WWII Museum  https://www.nationalww2museum.org/virtual-field-trips

The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids

This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/

Virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

The White House https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-white-house

Tour Yellowstone National Park! https://www.nps.gov/…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Angkor Wat, 12th century CE, Siem Reap, Cambodia https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/mgHYGivExVeTsQ?sv_pid=T0YGGPqi3EgAAAQJMthTFw&sv_f=90.0&sv_h=1.7766616459403997&sv_p=4.35222616003756&hl=en&sv_lng=103.8670587393321&sv_lat=13.41603318041281&sv_z=1

Archaeological Areas of Pompeii  https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/ngGWSRSb_vqO8g?sv_pid=wkCJPCUHnTIb5on94W6kQA&sv_f=90.0&sv_h=176.32&sv_p=0.37999999999999545&hl=en&sv_lng=14.49296148579123&sv_lat=40.75202134574557&sv_z=1

Borobudur Temple, 9th century CE, Indonesia  https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/EgFSMuYLNZ53Zg?sv_pid=wN9YgmuPViKYqnXM-u9I6Q&sv_f=90.0&sv_h=197.10454859442646&sv_p=-20.41456993189675&hl=en&sv_lng=110.2043822188038&sv_lat=-7.608082116956915&sv_z=1

 

 
 
 

Sydney Opera House https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/sydney-opera-house/KgGPW2YWtcHpBg?hl=en&sv_lng=151.2135034733324&sv_lat=-33.85845058282505&sv_h=8.999&sv_p=-13.299999999999997&sv_pid=opBj2MqN2Mk4yX5QdZPYDw&sv_z=1

Taj Mahal, 1648, India https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/UwGKcX7FFM5U4g?sv_pid=lNVuzFaRHvlBy7pPKKwUwA&sv_f=90.0&sv_h=355&sv_p=-13.299999999999997&hl=en&sv_lng=78.04225116543665&sv_lat=27.17359780356361&sv_z=1

Taos Pueblo https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/taos-pueblo-usa/VgJigTI7qaneIQ?hl=en

Schönbrunn Palace, 1699, Austria  https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/RAGmDEX1rezGLA?sv_pid=_8LGb_NFxpJcTVpvqiSL2g&sv_f=127.0&sv_h=98.39779605880702&sv_p=2.4612670903537293&hl=en&sv_lng=16.31276906213213&sv_lat=48.18468473659796&sv_z=1

Live Cams 

There are so many great FREE resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for Zoo Field Trips.  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:zoo%20field%20trip%20/Order:Price-Asc

Here are a few of our favorites for Field Trips:

The best website I’ve found for live cams is Explore.org. They have hundreds of them!

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

Right here in my state of TN, we have Chattanooga Zoo. They have some of the most unusual webcams out there with a Meerkat, Snow Leopard, Tamarin (you have to see them), and the cutest Spotted Genet!  http://www.chattzoo.org/explore/video-stream

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is where you can find Winter and Hope from Dolphin Tale. https://www.seewinter.com/animals/webcams/winter-zone-cam-1/

Detroit Zoo has penguins, otters, falcons, snow monkeys and wolves. https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/animal_cam/giraffe-cam/

The Dublin Zoo has an African Savanna, Penguins and Elephant cams https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/

Edinburgh Zoo also has a Panda cam. https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

Elmwood Park has Eagle and Giraffe Cams https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/animal_cam/giraffe-cam/

Georgia Aquarium has Jellyfish, Beluga Whales, and more https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/

Greenville SC Zoo has a barn and paddock cam. https://greenvillezoofoundation.org/Camera

This might be the cutest one yet. Hen Cam. https://hencam.com/

6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

Kansas City Zoo has Penguins, Polar Bears, Giraffes, Otters and Orangutan cams. https://www.kansascityzoo.org/animal-cams/

Marwell Wildlife has a Flamingo Cam!  https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/keep-in-touch/webcams

Milwaukee County Zoo Tigers, Polar Bear, Jaguar, Hyenas and Penguins.  http://www.zooview.tv/

Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

The National Zoo in Washington, DC has a Cheetah cub cam!! As well as Mole Rats (weird), Lion, Giant Panda and Elephant cams. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

Speaking of cu bs, Ouwehand Park in the Netherlands has adorable twin polar bear cubs! https://explore.org/livecams/polar-bears/polar-bear-ouwehand-twin-cubs-cam-2

Philadelphia Zoo has penguins too https://philadelphiazoo.org/penguin-point-cam/

Reid Park Zoo in AZ has several Elephant and Grizzly Bear cams as well as giraffes, lions and lemurs! http://reidparkzoo.org/cameras/lion-cam/

San Diego Zoo https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Victoria Zoos has Koala and Kangaroo cams. https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house 

Virtual Rides!

As always, we recommend that you watch videos first to be sure they are family friendly! 

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Ride Through at Magic Kingdom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yg1KQqPcqM

Frozen at Walt Disney World Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OHP9OriMA

Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjqpMOZ3b-M

Magic Kingdom It’s a Small World Walt Disney World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tbm4Au3dZ0

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ0XHx_Q2hE

Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Walt Disney World  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkd2DX1hVSI

Peter Pan’s Flight Magic Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLBPvABpQXQ

Pirates of the Caribbean Ride Disney Magic Kingdom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgUvhnA3y8c

Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CurMyDLdfWc

Slinky Dog Dash Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK3ZrMgyLVQ

Space Mountain at Walt Disney World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMMiZFPYg6M

Star Wars Ride – Rise of the Resistance Trackless Dark Ride – Disney Parks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBQHVTU2430

The Seas with Nemo & Friends Epcot Walt Disney World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPqrUSBgYoQ

Toy Story Mania Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zXeBwRSE5w

 

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Trish

Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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Wendy

Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms, Only Passionate Curiosity, and Love These Recipes. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, 28 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children. Hannah, age 24, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 22, was the second homeschool graduate. Mary Grace, age 17, is the remaining homeschool student. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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