Just because your kids are homeschooled doesn’t mean you have time to take them on field trips. When you can’t leave, your kids can take a virtual tour of a museum, farm, zoo, or other fun place. We have put together our favorites list to help keep your kids entertained and entertained.

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Best tours in the world: AirPano

Zhangjiae Glass Bridge Virtual Tour
What we like
  • Bright, well-designed videos and images.

  • Offers tours to numerous countries

  • Includes both video and still images.

What we don’t like
  • What’s not to like?

AirPano has many tours in China, Portugal, Switzerland and many other countries. Children can visit the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in China, an underwater cave in Indonesia, ski resorts in France and other places around the world. What makes this site so good is that it offers multi-tour narration, provides close-ups with interactive activities, and includes short pieces of written information that are fairly easy for older children to read. The tours are also quite short, which makes them great for younger kids, but older kids will still enjoy them.

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Best Virtual Dairy Tour: Will-O-Crest Farm

Will-O-Crest Dairy Virtual Tour
What we like
  • Covers all aspects of dairy farming.

  • Helpful, easy-to-understand explanations of the various farm activities and how milk is produced.

  • Includes student questions.

What we don’t like
  • You don’t smell a real dairy farm.

  • Doesn’t show to other students, so it can be a bit like a lecture.

For students in grades 4-6, this 45-minute tour of the Will-O-Crest Dairy in New York State introduces students to every step of the way on a dairy farm. Students will see how calves live, how cows are milked and everything in between. The video is led by an announcer with a live instructor (employee) from the farm.

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Best Virtual Aquarium Tour: National Aquarium

National Aquarium Virtual Tour Page
What we like
  • Very easy to find exhibits

  • Fun to explore using 360 degree options.

What we don’t like
  • Some scenes revolve terribly fast, which can be frustrating for young students.

The Baltimore National Aquarium has over 20,000 aquatic animals. Kids can click and drag the images to navigate through them and use the arrows, map, or scene list to explore the various exhibits. Explore 8 different areas such as the Amazon River, Rainforest and Jellyfish.

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Best Natural History Tour: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Online Tours
What we like
  • So many exhibits to see!

  • Lightweight, interactive maps.

  • Move quickly and easily.

What we don’t like
  • It is not always easy to read the signs on the exhibits.

This iconic museum is dedicated to understanding the natural world and the human place in it. There is so much to see that it can’t be listed here; Fortunately, the museum offers an online tour of almost all of the exhibits. Divide this tour into multiple lessons so the kids don’t get overwhelmed. Skip the first floor and go straight to the first or second floor.

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Best Space Tour: NASA

NASA gallery page
What we like
  • Huge amount of space video.

  • The accessible aspect of the video.

  • So much to see on the site.

What we don’t like
  • It’s not easy to find if you don’t know what you are looking for.

This might be a bit of a scam because it really is a collection of videos, but oh man. What a collection for the tour! Galleries open a huge number of videos on space topics: from testing a parachute on Mars to moving water in space. Each video is a mini-virtual tour that will amaze kids and spark their interest in science and space.

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Best Virtual Tour for Car Lovers: Lane Motor Museum

Lane Museum Virtual Tour
What we like
  • A completely unique tour.

  • An inside look that allows you to dive deep into the collections.

What we don’t like
  • It’s impossible to tell what a particular vehicle is unless you really know cars.

Scroll down the link for an exciting virtual tour of one of the most unique automotive museums in the world. The Lane Motor Museum is home to an odd collection of cars dating from the 1920s to the present day. Your child will love seeing amphibians, vans, prototypes and more. The tour is easy to go through and offers six different views for the entertainment of spectators.

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Best National Park Virtual Tour: Yellowstone

Fort Yellowstone Virtual Tour Page
What we like
  • Several tours are offered.

  • Lots of historical information.

  • Amazing images.

What we don’t like
  • No video tours.

  • Lots of written information that can turn some kids off.

Yellowstone offers 7 virtual tours that are suitable for senior elementary and high school students. There’s a lot of written information along with images and the tours are not in the video, but the information is breathtaking and the photos are amazing. From seeing old Fort Yellowstone to discovering park anomalies like a mud volcano, these tours are a great way for kids to learn unique facts about America.

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Best White House Tour: Google Arts & Culture’s The White House

Arts and Culture Page at the Google White House
What we like
  • Stunning 360 degree images.

  • You can see inside and outside the White House.

  • With a view of 140 paintings too.

What we don’t like
  • Once on tour, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re looking at.

  • There is no search function.

Every president since John Adams has taken over the White House, and now your kids can visit too. Google Arts & Culture offers four museum views (three tours of the White House and one of the Eisenhower Administration Building), as well as over 140 paintings that adorn (or adorn) the walls of our nation’s most famous abode. 360-degree images allow children to explore at will.

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Best Nature Tours: Nature Works Everywhere

Virtual tour
What we like
  • Tours are narrated and easy to follow.

  • Student handouts, vocabulary and discussion questions are provided.

What we don’t like
  • I wish there was a bigger library of tours!

Explore nature around the world with Nature Works Everywhere virtual tours. You can visit Palau’s coral reefs, Africa’s deserts and grasslands, rainforests (in terms of canoes), renewable energy sources, and more. The tours are narrated and provide great, quick facts to help kids learn in an easy and understandable way. All tours are suitable for grades 3-12, but are labeled with grades they might like.

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Best History Tour: Ellis Island

Ellis Island Virtual Tour
What we like
  • A clear explanation of Ellis Island, how it worked and why it was needed.

  • Includes children asking guides questions.

What we don’t like
  • The images on most tours are small to focus on the guides.

Ellis Island is a key element of American history. This virtual tour offers a lot of anecdotes and includes real guides telling stories from Ellis Island as well as lots of photos and views of the island. This is more appropriate for fourth grade and up, mainly due to the large number of facts and the complexity of the information provided.

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