My family loves to travel, but it’s not always practical. That’s why I love virtual field trips! They are a wonderful way to add some interactive activities to your lesson plans and bring them to life.
With virtual field trips, you can visit the places you’re learning about without having to leave home.
This post contains affiliate links.
For this list of virtual field trips, I’ve decided to focus on sites where kids could learn about art, geography, and history. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a jumping off point for you and your middle schooler to start to discover all the locations and collections available to view remotely.
Let Your Teen Tour the World From Their Computer
When you can’t physically go on a field trip to experience a location or event, log on to one of these sites and take a tour from the comfort of home.
One of my favorite tools for distance learning is Discovery Education. They have all kinds of videos, tours, and programs that bring the world right into your home.
This site shows viewers interactive panoramas from various places within the park. It also has virtual tours, videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations, and webcams
Learn about the Grand Canyon through virtual tours, interactive programs, history, archaeology, and more.
Ranger videos, scientific research, and historical information on the American Indians who made the redwoods their home are some of the key resources found on this site.
View photos, watch videos, listen to podcasts, and see some of the world’s natural wonders.
An impressive collection of world art that can be viewed by artist, museum, or artwork. You can see the artwork up close as well as take virtual tours of hundreds of art collections/museums.
View the famous galleries and the collections located within them.
Students can view the almost 200,000 works of art housed in this famous museum.
Students can view artifacts, maps, listen to speeches, and more to learn about WWII.
This comprehensive virtual tour walks through all of the collections in this museum.
Get up close and personal with the largest collection of this famous artist’s work.
This is an impressive collection of websites dedicated to American historical treasures.
Learn about our government by touring these two sites.
This website brings Anne Frank’s Diary to life. Learn about the eight people living there and take a narrative 3D tour of their secret hiding place.
Your student can take some amazing electronic field trips plus watch videos and listen to podcasts to learn about early American history.
View this famous landmark and it’s stunning city from a variety of angles.
Take a tour and learn about this important Civil War battle site. There’s also a site, Virtual Gettysburg that has more distance tours available.
Tour this national monument and hear stories from the park rangers who know it best.
Visit the Minecraft Eiffel Tower and learn about France within everyone’s favorite interactive building game.
View George Washington’s beloved estate.
View the monument and the view surrounding it through virtual tours and webcams. Learn Lady Liberty’s history and let your kids become a WebRanger. While you’re visiting the Statue of Liberty, take some time to tour Ellis Island as well.
The doors to the White House are open through videos and tours. There’s also an interactive floor plan as a part of the Google Cultural Institute.
Students can check out modern and ancient wonders of the world. A multitude of sites are listed.
Looking for a wide variety of virtual tours? There are over 300 sites listed here. Kids can take view museums, exhibits and points of interest.