Virtual excursions enable children to visit and discover places all over the world virtually. Visit countries across the globe, famous monuments and even planets and engage children in experiences that they wouldn't get to see otherwise.
Here is a list of virtual excursions from across the world:
Anne Frank House – Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam.
Amazon Rainforest - The Amazon Rainforest is one of Earth’s most precious resources and represents over half of the world’s rainforests, covering 2,700,000 square miles.
Buckingham Palace – Tour the famous London palace virtually.
Burj Khalifa in Dubai - Measuring in at 2,722 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has held the record of the world’s tallest building since it was completed in 2009.
Colosseum, Rome Italy - Located in the centre of Rome, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre ever built at the time (A.D. 72) — holding between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.
Eiffel Tower, Paris France - The Eiffel Tower in Paris is easily one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The 1,063-foot tower has 3 levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels and an observation deck on the top level.
Farm Tours – Learn about agriculture through these virtual tours of farms in Canada.
Great Wall of China – This panoramic virtual tour allows you to walk the Great Wall.
Holy Land Tour – Virtually visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more.
Houston Zoo – Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
International Space Station – Take a video tour of the space station.
The Louvre Museum – Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam.
Mount Everest – Explore the mountain through 360-degree photos and informative articles.
National Aquarium – Take a virtual tour of this aquarium located in Baltimore, Maryland.
National Museum of the US Air Force – Take a virtual tour of this museum.
Power Plant Tour – Learn what goes on inside a power plant.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Virtually explore many current and past museum exhibits.
The Statue of Liberty – Learn about the Statue of Liberty through the videos and photographs in this virtual tour.
Vatican Museums – Virtually tour numerous museums, chapels, and galleries.
The Virtual Rainforest – Learn about the rainforest with this interactive tour that includes informative videos and articles.
Virtual Trip to the Sun – Take a video-based journey from the Earth from the Sun, stopping at our moon, Venus, and Mercury.
Yosemite National Park – Tour the park with interactive panoramic photographs.
AirPano – Visit locations all over the world virtually with 360-degree videos and photographs.
Discovery Education – This website offers a wide variety of virtual field trips.
360 Cities – Provides interactive 360-degree videos and images of locations around the world.
Sites in 3D – Tour locations across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Yemen, and many other countries using 360-degree images.
Google Arts and Culture – View the art collections of over 500 different museums and galleries. Some of the museums also offer full virtual tours.
Google Earth – “Fly” anywhere in the world in seconds, explore hundreds of cities in 3D, take guided tours, and create your own maps and stories.
Google Maps Street View – Type in any address, select street view and explore the area. Not only can you take a virtual trip down the streets, but you can also “step” into many museums, landmarks, and other attractions. For example:
- The White House – Washington, D.C.
- The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
- Stonehenge – Wiltshire, United Kingdom
- Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France
- Wilson Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Virtual excursions can be implemented within the program for both Preschool and OOSH children depending on emerging interests. Create passports for children to "fly" to each country to visit monuments or even create ticket stubs to visit virtual aquariums and zoos. A lot of fun can be had when using virtual excursions, the possibilities are endless!
Free Virtual Field Trips, Free Home Schooling, 16 March 2020