You Don’t Need to Leave Your House to Have an Adventure
With all the craziness going on in the world around us, we figured it was time for some fun! Kids are home for the rest of the school year, and then, it’s summer break. That’s a lot of at-home time and chances are they are dying from boredom (of course, not literally) and starting to drive parents up a wall.
Well, not for long at least…
Many companies all over the world are participating in virtual tours/virtual field trips. Not only are they fun and educational, but they are also free! Best of all: They are disability friendly.
Imagine going on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands on the ship, Endeavor II, with National Geographic. Or taking a ride on some of Disney World’s coolest attractions all from the comfort of your home!
We are sharing some of our favorite tours from all over the world. Happy exploring!
See one of the seven wonders of the world and visit the Great Wall of China. The tour is so life-like you’ll forget you’re viewing it all from your computer. See the Great Wall of China
Yellowstone National Park is also a worthwhile virtual tour to go on. It shows beautiful scenery from all over the park, they even have tours of a mud volcano and Mammoth Hot Springs! Yellowstone National Park tour
Visit the Moai monolithic statues carved more than 500 years ago by the people who lived on Easter Island. See Moai Monolithic Statues
If you’re more interested in what adventures you can have that involve water, check out “Life on the Bahamian Coral Reef.” Explore all the wildlife that is native to the reef and enjoy all the beauty the ocean has to offer.
You can also set sail on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands on the ship, Endeavor II, with National Geographic. This video tour dives into life on the cruise Ship Endeavor and all the stops they make along the way.
When the water gets too much, dry off with an African Safari and see a Giraffe up-close and personal!
Or maybe you’ve always wanted to travel to Australia, home to late Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter). I know I have! Well, here is your chance to do it! Explore the Australia Zoo with Steve’s son, Robert, as he shows you all their amazing zoo friends!
How does a virtual field trip to the Amazon Rainforest sound? Go deep into the heart of the Rainforest and explore one of earth’s major habitats!
These are just a few tours you can do, there is so much more to choose from. You can get a live look at the Mount St. Helens volcano, or walk through Egyptian pyramids and learn about the mummies and even observe polar bears in the tundra of Canada, all while being in the comfort of your home!
Thrills of Travel
What could be more fun than a virtual rollercoaster? Well, probably riding the real thing. But, while everything is still closed, try taking a virtual tour of one instead! Check out the fun thrills of Universal Studios and all the magic that Disney has to offer, with just a click of a link.
** Some of the videos you may have to fast forward your way to the beginning of the ride if the walk up to the actual exhibit is too long.
Let’s first look at Disney World/Magic Kingdom and Epcot and see what attractions you can find there.
You can ride on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Magic Kingdom Park!
Visit Anna and Elsa on their new Frozen ride called Frozen Ever After at Epcot.
Visit Animal Kingdom and ride on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Lastly, check out Disney’s Hollywood Studio and ride on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!
There are a ton more rides to virtually ride, check out the rest here!
Now, let’s hop on over to Universal Studios!
Recently, the hottest tourist spot at Universal Studios Orlando is the Harry Potter attraction! On this virtual tour you can explore all of Gringotts and check out the famous Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringotts ride that everyone is talking about.
You will also be able to embark on the Jurassic Park River Adventure!
You can also see what a day in the life of a Simpson is like when you check out Universals Simpson’s Ride.
Lastly, float on down to the Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls ride and plunge your way through the rapids without getting completely soaked at the end!
Educate and Explore
If you’re looking for more educational fun field trips, don’t worry we’ve got that covered too! Check out all these great adventures just waiting for you!
Take a trip to the White House and see where the President lives! With the 3-D camera, you can step inside each room inside the White House.
This is a must-see!
Then check out the Louvre in Paris, where you can find ancient Egyptian artifacts and the Mona Lisa. Tour the Louvre
“Across the Pond” is also the British Museum of London. This virtual tour allows you to go back in time all the way to 200,000 BC! Explore all the different regions’ views on art throughout time! See it now
At the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, you can take self-guided tours, room by room, through all the different exhibits! Check out all the dinosaur fossils or make your way through the Butterfly Pavalion and look at all the beautiful butterflies. Tour the Tour
Take a trip to Jerusalem and see the Dome of the Rock, the Damascus Gate, and learn about the history of the city. There’s even a version for older grades.
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more out of this world? That’s fine, we have that, too!
Go behind the scenes of the Space Launch System program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. See the Space Launch System
After that, lets go to Mars! Take a 360 tour of Mars alongside the Space Rover.
Go To mars!
There is so much to see and do and even though we can’t leave our houses just yet, we want to help make the most of it. We hope you can enjoy all the tours and attractions this summer has to offer. Enjoy your explorations!
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This post originally appeared on our May/June 2020 Magazine