The Ultimate Homeschool Guide to FREE Virtual Field Trips
We love taking people on our Homeschool Road Trips! If in-real-life travel isn’t an option for your family right now, though, 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 feels a little stir crazy and needs 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.
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British Museum in 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.
Carlsbad Caverns in Southern New Mexico
This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
Discovery Education has many virtual field trips from Tech and Manufacturing to Science, STEM and Exploration!
Dry Tortuga National Park in Florida
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
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.
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.
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
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:
- Animal Study and Observation Journal https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Study-and-Observation-Journal-Page-1304858
- Zoo Detective. Learning about habitats https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Zoo-Detective-Learning-about-Habitats-260762
- Zoo Field Trip Recording Book https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Zoo-field-trip-recording-book-613387
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
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