Do you have cabin fever? It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to travel soon, so we’ll have to curb our wanderlust in a different way than we are used to. Luckily, there are so many different options to explore from home, and you’ll be able to do something different every day.
Every day over the last few weeks, I’ve received notifications from various museums, aquariums, and travel destinations offering ways for people to stay connected to their temporarily closed attractions while at home. Here are some of our favorite ways to explore and travel while staying home. If we missed your favorite, let me know in a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
How to Explore and Travel Without Leaving Home
I have always loved taking guided tours – whether it’s a small day tour or a longer guided family vacation. One company, Austin Adventures, has created virtual adventures for kids during these times. These are geared toward kids aged 6-12 years old and are recorded so they can be viewed in the future. You can view more information here.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the country, is now offering Museum at Home. This includes virtual tours, storytimes, and DIY science experiments. You can learn more on their website.
The New England Aquarium, in Boston, MA, is offering Facebook live videos with behind-the-scenes videos of the animals. Last week, we loved watched feeding time with Myrtle, their giant sea turtle. These videos are posted daily on their Facebook page.
Another one of our favorite aquariums, the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, is also offering Facebook live videos. We especially love their friendly Beluga Whales, who were recently featured in a video. All are available to watch later.
The St. Louis Aquarium is hosting breakfast sessions with their animals and trainers, as well as afternoon sessions. You can find them here.
The Denver Zoo is bringing you Zoo to You with virtual safari experiences and live videos. These can be found on their website. On the San Diego Zoo‘s website, you’ll find videos as well as live web cams of their adorable animals, including penguins, koalas, and tigers.
Gatorland in Florida is hosting the School of Croc on their Facebook page where you can learn more about their animals every day.
Xanterra Travel is offering #RoamFromHome escapes to the US National Parks. You can find them here – https://www.xanterra.com/stories/
There are also a number of self-guided virtual tours that you can take with your kids. Pick a place per day and go explore. As you check them out virtually, I’d recommend creating a family travel bucket list that you can later reference when we are all able to travel again.
Many National Parks are closed, but thanks to Google Arts and Culture, you can do your own self-guided virtual tour. It’s not as good as being there, but it’s a fun way to explore while you are home. You can see all of the National Park tours offered here.
You can also take a virtual tour of Niagara Falls (from the NY State, USA side), on their website. See that here. It shows the Cave of the Winds, the Maid of the Mist, and the Observation Tower, as well as other vantage points.
You can also use Google Arts and Culture to visit a variety of different museums around the world. Some of the many options include the National Palace of Sintra and the Taj Mahal. You can see them all here.
If you’d prefer something a little offbeat there’s a fun virtual guide of the Neon Museum in Las Vegas on the Neon Museum’s web app. You won’t have to download anything on your phone for this, and you can find the password right on their website.
We also have some other virtual tours and experiences listed on this blog post. These include destinations and attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island.
Read trip reports and blogs
While travel tips and recommendations blog posts aren’t the most useful right now, you can always read trip reports. These fun articles are more narrative in nature and are a fun way to feel like you are experiencing the trip along with us. I’ve done a few trip reports on our Adventures by Disney trips:
Theme Park Rides
With virtually every theme park and amusement park in the area closed, there aren’t any rides that you can go on right now. Thankfully, there are loads of POV and virtual ride throughs that you can experience from home. We have listed our favorite 20 theme park ride tours here.