Are you looking for ways to stay entertained while quarantined? Well, we are too. Iscential has compiled a list for you to explore that the whole family will love! From sightseeing to watching live animal cameras at zoos, there is something for everyone on this list to enjoy!
Try out these fun virtual tours on your computer or mobile phone! (No VR headset required).
Use sheltering in place to mark things off your bucket list with these vacation destination virtual tours:
- Walk around the Great Wall of China
- Watch big wave surfing in Maui
- Travel 352 million miles to Mars
- Learn about immigration history through Ellis island
- Easter island
- Pyramids in Egypt
- Look around the Louvre in Paris
Take homeschooling lessons into the real world with these field trip ideas:
Animal lovers can still enjoy these zoos and aquariums from the coziness of your home:
- National Aquarium: Walkthrough tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
- San Diego Zoo: Live camera action of polar bears, tigers, pandas, elephants, and more!
- Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
- The Cincinnati Zoo: Check-in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
- Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a “Panda Cam” live stream on its website.
- Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam.
- The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay’s Habitat exhibit.
History and Fine Arts enthusiasts can enjoy these museums from around the world:
- 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.
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum’s popular online exhibits include “Civil Rights Photography” — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park’s arrest.
- National Women’s History Museum: Have a late International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim’s Collection Online.
- 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.
- Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
- National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can’t take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force’s official museum.
- MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York’s extensive collection is available for view online.