Virtual Travel & Tour Options 

parks virtual toursLooking for something different to do during all the travel warnings and bans put in place because of the worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency? 

Many museums, zoos, aquariums, and other popular world landmarks and destinations offer virtual tours and videos. And some, like the Metropolitan Opera, is offering live and recorded performances. 

Why not do a little "couch travel" by checking out these great boredom busters?

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS

  • Involve your kids in some hands-on educational activities at sources like the California Science Center that is offering fun science project how-tos. Find a huge list of science activities HERE.
  • If you have a curious older elementary school student, you’ll find 35 fun and creative 5th-grade science projects on the WeAreTeachers website.
  • Remember when schools taught Civics class? Check out this website that provides games to teach kids Civics lessons!
  • Cinemark Theaters has a fun page designed for kids - animated movie coloring sheets.
  • Celebrities like Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malak, Haley Duff, Viola Davis, and many others read a large selection of children’s books on video. All viewing is free!

ANIMALS/WILDLIFE

MUSEUMS & OTHER WORLD ATTRACTIONS

  • World Famous Destinations - Many locations have new Google Street View tours offering experiences like the view from the top of Paris, France’s Eiffel Tower or a walk around the Taj Mahal in New Dehli, India. This site offers a wide range of other Google Street View Tours, too.
  • Museums
  • The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum current exhibits
  • The Guggenheim Museum in New York City offers three different views - interior, aerial and tripod imagery.
  • Disney has closed its parks temporarily, but you can visit them via 360-degree panorama views!
  • You can live-stream the view of the North Lights from your couch!

FOR CAR ENTHUSIASTS

  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see an incredible pristine antique car collection in the vault of The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. The Vault includes 150 vehicles including a Mercedes-Benz that belonged to Saddam Hussein, President Clinton’s golf cart, an imposing 1925 Round Door Rolls-Royce that was once doomed to a New Jersey junkyard, and much more.
  • Check out theNethercutt Collection cars incredible Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar in the Los Angeles area. The Nethercutt Collection was founded in 1972 by J.B. Nethercutt (1913–2004), who was the co-founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics with his aunt, Merle Nethercutt Norman.

PERFORMING ARTS

  • Virtually-visit favorite, historic, and beautiful performing art centers all around the world.
  • Speaking of performing arts center, The Metropolitan Opera in New York City’s Lincoln Plaza is live-streaming its performances. These then remain viewable for 20 hours after the performance has taken place.
  • cats_musicalPlaybill offers webpage of links to 15 filmed Broadway plays and musicals you can watch at home! 
  • NPR has released a list of concerts you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. 

ROCK & TOP 40 VIRTUAL CONCERTS

  • Billboard is keeping a list of current rock and pop artists who are doing virtual concerts!

For a list of even more free virtual tours, visit this website for a comprehensive list of more than 300 virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your home!