The effects of social distancing have left many feeling, well, a little stir-crazy. Though we all try to stay busy by keeping active and working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s easy to fall into a rut. Luckily, there’s more than one way to stave off boredom while staying indoors. Instead of binging the best of what Netflix has to offer for the second time, it’s time to broaden your horizons with some virtual tours.

 

 

 

Museums

The Louvre: You don’t have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world’s largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the “Mother of American modernism.”

NASA: Both Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some “augmented reality experiences” via The Space Center Houston’s app.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was canceled this year, you can still have a peek at The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution’s 26 online exhibits.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.

National Women’s History Museum: Have a late International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.

MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York’s extensive collection is available for view online.

The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Raphael’s Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican’s virtual tour.


 

 

 

 

Zoos

The San Diego Zoo: has ten live cams to choose from, including penguins, tigers, koalas, and giraffes. The zoo also has a website exclusively for kids that’s loaded with videos, stories, activities, and games.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Every weekday at 3 PM EDT, the Cincinnati Zoo will host a Home Safari Facebook Live that features a different animal each day. For those who don’t have social media, the zoo will post the safaris on both their website and YouTube.

Panda Cam Zoo Atlanta: Pandas are always fun to watch, quarantine or not, and Zoo Atlanta offers this live stream of the only panda twins in the United States, Ya Lun and Xi Lun.

Monterey Bay Aquarium: offers ten live cams where viewers can sneak a peek at the sharks, do a little birdwatching in the aviary, and they can even check the goings-on in the open sea.

Chester Zoo: Check out the red pandas, Rothschild’s giraffes, Asian elephants, and butterflies, before catching up with sun bears, the Sumatran tigers, the Humboldt penguins, and the aquarium on their Facebook page.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: You can take a virtual stroll through this sanctuary using Google Street View. Just drop the little yellow Pegman onto the map and get to exploring!


 

 

 

 

Theme Parks

Legoland Florida Resort: This virtual tour of Legoland in Florida is just like actually being there. Marvel at everything that can be done with the blocks, and definitely invite the kids to the couch for this trip.

SeaWorld Orlando: SeaWorld’s interactive virtual tour starts out high in the sky, giving you a full view of the park before diving into some interactive rides and activities.

Walt Disney World: If you’re missing Disney as much as we are, this 360-degree panorama is just like a walk through Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and more. You can also find plenty of videos of the full rides to share with the kids on Youtube.

Universal Studios: Go behind the scenes at Hollywood’s Universal Studios or enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—and more—from home via Universal Orlando’s virtual offerings.

The Katmai National Park and Preserve: in Alaska has webcams to allow you to explore the park—and see adorable bears enjoying some alone time now that no humans are on their turf! You can also see wolves, fish, and whales during certain seasons.

Channel Islands National Park: in California has a live-stream of the ocean surrounding the islands, letting you see all sorts of marine life, including some seriously cute turtles, dolphins, and whales.

Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park: Get a great view of the park without getting wet using the New Jersey park’s live-stream.

 

 

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