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Virtual field trips are a great options for times we are stuck inside or live too far away to actually visit. Field trips can help connect students with a variety of subjects. There is always something to explore and learn.
They are also fun! I have never met a child who does not enjoy going on a field trip, real life or virtual.
I like to take my kids out for field trips frequently, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. Unfortunately things like location, budget, and illnesses keep us away. When we can’t actually go on the field trip, we try to visit online.
These 20+ virtual field trips are all completely free, so we can explore as often as we want.
20+ Free Virtual Field Trips
Colonial Williamsburg – Check out a few of the historic Colonial Williamsburg exhibits online. The site is also currently offering teacher resources, printable coloring pages, recipes, and colonial craft directions.
Mount Vernon – Visit the home of our first president without leaving your home. Take a virtual tour of the mansion, outbuildings, gardens, distillery, and library. You can even check out many of the museum objects. The website currently offers quite a few educational resources – the virtual field trips, lesson plans, coloring pages, and online quizzes.
Ford’s Theatre – Tour the site of President Lincoln’s assassination. You can also virtually see the Peterson House (where Lincoln was examined, and ultimately passed away) and the museum artifacts.
Google Street View – My kids really enjoy checking out historic locations via Google Street View. This free website has allowed us to virtually visit the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the Colosseum in Rome, and Washington, DC. Just go to Google Maps and type in the location you want to visit. Then click the little gold person and drag the figure onto the map.
Smithsonians – The Smithsonian museums offer photos and information about their exhibits online.
- Museum of African American History and Culture
- Museum of African Art
- Museum of Air and Space
- American Art Museum
- Museum of American History
- Museum of the American Indian
- Museum of American Indian George Gustav Heye Center
- Anacostia Community Museum
- Archives of American Art
- Arts and Industries Building
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Museum of Natural History
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Postal Museum
- Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
- Smithsonian Gardens
Google Arts and Culture – Tour a TON of amazing sites with this free virtual field trip resource.
- Grizzly Bear
- Polar Bear
- Burrowing Owl
Omaha Zoo – The Omaha Zoo is offering videos and activities that you can do at home with your family.
- Rockhopper and Gentoo chicks
- Red Panda
- Polar Bear
- Panda Bear
- Sun Bear
- Black Bear
- Polar Bear
- Coral Reef
- Kelp Forest
- Monterey Bay
- Moon Jelly
- Open Sea
- Sea Otter
- Sea Jellies
- Tropical Reef
- Honda Blue Cavern
- Anthias and Wrasse
- Sea Turtle
Seattle Opera – These opera selections are a short, simple, and free way to expose your children to this fine art.
Seattle Symphony – Every Thursday and Saturday throughout March, the Seattle Symphony will be live streaming Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams – Popular author and illustrator Mo Williams will host a show for children each weekday afternoon at 1 pm EST. He will show kids how to draw. Don’t worry if you miss it live. The past episodes are available online.
In a perfect world we could all go on all of the field trips we wanted. In the real world we can all benefit from the technology we have available. Online field trips are a great alternative.