Playgrounds at Home: Virtual Field Trips to Beaches, Parks and More - Westport Moms

As summer has continued along, and we continue to search for creative ways to keep our children entertained- and to show them the world, the world around us has gotten exceptionally creative! See below for some amazing ways to “travel” the world and have some fun from the comforts – and safety of your own home!

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In the midst of a global pandemic, people crave vacations more than ever, but when it’s not even safe to shop in a crowded store or go a party at a friend’s house, getting away to a far-off locale is out of the question. Society has seen a massive shift toward doing everything online: Families are celebrating birthdays and holidays through online meetups, and more and more people are working and shopping from their homes. However, you don’t have to completely give up exploring new places. Just as many other aspects of life have moved online, you can also travel online, taking virtual tours or watching webcams of destinations all over the world. Whether you want to visit a national park or see sharks at an aquarium, digital alternatives exist to help you do it.


Zoos and Aquariums

Animals in the Wild

  • African Bush Webcams: Go on a safari without leaving the house with these live cams of African wildlife.
  • All About Birds: Bird Cams: See a variety of types of birds all over the world, from ospreys in Georgia to condors in California to albatross in New Zealand.


  • National Museum of Natural History: Take tours of current and past exhibits, some of which are narrated.
  • The Met: Get a 360-degree view of galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Musée d’Orsay: Take a walk through exhibits of famous artwork at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
  • The Louvre: Explore a world-famous museum through online tours of the exhibits at the Louvre.

American History and Culture

Out of This World

  • Access Mars: Scratch the surface of space travel by exploring the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover.
  • Johnson Space Center Virtual Field Trip: Learn about space travel in the past, present, and future by visiting the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Around the World

Natural Wonders

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