The Best Virtual Field Trips To Keep Boredom At Bay For Kids (And Adults)

Field trips don’t need to be over completely and this way, you can keep the feeling of discovery and adventure alive until the world reopens.

Everyone has been stuck at home for a multitude of days that most of us would rather not think about and for kids, it’s nothing short of torture. With many schools switching to virtual learning completely or adopting a hybrid system, the notion of things such as field trips and educational getaways has been out of the question entirely. This has, of course, led to some restlessness on the part of kids everywhere who look forward to field trips with their classmates every year.

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So while the actual travel aspect of a field trip is in an uncertain limbo at the moment of writing, and the time spent with classmates in an educational setting might be sorely missed, it doesn’t mean that field trips can’t happen in some form or another. For the sake of both parents and their children, many places around the world are offering free, virtual tours that will hopefully make everyone feel a bit less agoraphobic as the world waits out the future of socialization and travel.

The National Aquarium In Baltimore

The National Aquarium is a massive undertaking in person as it’s home to more than 20,000 species of aquatic life. In each area of the aquarium, a new surprise awaits discovery by those making their way, exhibit by exhibit, through this large facility.

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This is very much the same in the virtual tour, where kids can click their way through each exhibit and learn a little bit more about each species of marine life, and their environments, as they do so. A total of eight areas are accessible to kids to explore, including rainforests and the Amazon River.

AirPano World Tours

For a more worldly aspect (no pun intended), AirPano World Tours offers a virtual reality trip like no other. Kids can pick which country they want to ‘visit’ and explore various hotspot destinations such as China’s Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, Jelly Fish Lake in Palau, and even Matterhorn, Switzerland.

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The wide variety of destinations provides kids with the freedom to explore at will and take virtual adventures in places they’ve only ever seen on TV or read about in books. It’s a great way to introduce another country’s culture or work geography into the day’s lesson plan, complete with narration for some tours.

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Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History

It’s suggested by Lifewire that this tour be split into multiple sessions so as not to overwhelm kids, as the museum itself is incredibly expansive and offers education in nearly every aspect of the living world.

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With that being said, a virtual tour around the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is a great way to get kids into a museum setting without ever leaving the house. They’ll be free to explore and learn about each exhibit while also seeing the beautiful architecture that make this museum so well known in New York City.

Yellowstone National Park

When it comes to National Parks, Yellowstone is by far one of the most-visited and most expansive of any in the US, so it makes sense that if you’re going to tour any park, it would be this one.

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Yellowstone offers seven different virtual tours that are great for kids of all ages and are even fun for adults, detailing the history of the park along with facts about its geological features and wildlife, in the form of photos. While there are no videos to go with this virtual tour, a quick search through YouTube will reveal plenty of visitor-generated walkthroughs.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is at the cornerstone of US history and the next best thing to an actual trip is a virtual one. On this tour, kids will learn about the history of Ellis Island from actual tour guides, with an in-video audience of children as they ask common questions.

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It’s best for those in fourth grade and older, as there’s a lot of information on this tour and much of it is intended for an older group of kids.

San Diego Zoo

The best part about this virtual tour of the San Diego Zoo is the fact that kids can watch live-streaming cameras from inside some of the animal exhibits. This adds a level of real-time action and excitement to the overall tour, while kids have the chance to learn about each animal and actually watch them in their natural habitats.

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Along with this are select videos that help educate kids even more on their favorite animals, as well as interactive activities available on the zoo’s website to go along with the experience.

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