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The Best Free Virtual Tours Around The World You Can  Participate at Home

The Best Free Virtual Tours Around The World You Can Participate at Home

Today, there are more ways than ever to see the world from the comfort of your home, or even your bed. Options range from live discoveries to websites that allow you to explore a location via 360° videos and photos under a full virtual reality experience. Do you see it interesting? Let’s follow this post to check in on the best virtual tours around the world!

A quick summary of the best free virtual tours around the world on YouTube.

Virtual Field Trips

A virtual field trip to the White House
A virtual field trip to the White House.

Your home may be hundreds of miles away from the White House or the International Space Station. Yet, thanks to high-quality virtual tours that make good use of voiceovers, texts, videos, and related activities, now you can get a real feel of what it is like to visit field trips.

  • The White House virtual tour will take you to the Eisenhower Operations Office as well as a look at ground floor art and state floor. You can also explore the White House base, see portraits of the president hanging in the house, and investigate food that has been used in various presidential administrations.
  • Thanks to NASA videos and apps, viewers can now easily explore the International Space Station under its virtual tours. In addition to learning about the space station, you’ll learn how astronauts exercise to prevent the loss of bone density and muscle mass, how they get rid of the trash, or how to wash hair and brush teeth with zero gravity, etc.
  • Thanks to Heritage Documentation Programs, you can now take a tour of the Statue of Liberty in cyberspace. Yes, this virtual tour is the next best thing. With 360-degree panoramas, along with video, text, and a map, you’re in control of your field trip. Before you get started, read through the icon descriptions so you can get the most out of all the available extras.

Alongside, there are many other free virtual field trips that you can enjoy while preparing for the real ones. To illustrate, the series of virtual tours of Lapland, Sơn Đoòng Cave in Vietnam, Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia, Yosemite National Park in the USA, Ambrym Volcano in Vanuatu, Zhāngjiājiè National Forest Park in China, Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, and Namib Desert Dunes in Namibia. Additionally, thanks to Google’s latest technologies, you are able to roam the Grand Canyon in the USA and even Mount Everest in Nepal via Google Earth.

Virtual Tours of Aquariums and Zoos

Many of the aquariums and zoos in the world are hopping into the “going online” trend. Indeed, with the advanced technologies, it’s a good step to sell tours to earn income and cope with the visitor shortage during COVID-19. Of course, the animals need to be fed. On the other hand, some aquariums and zoos are still providing live webcams to increase the indirect connection between humans and animals. You can find some of them in the list below:

Virtual Aquarium Tour

Video via the Shark Cam at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Video via the Shark Cam at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada offers views of Sharks, Jellyfish, Rainbow Reef, and Ray Bay through live webcams. I have studied and even traveled from Toronto to Banff National Park, but do you believe, I haven’t been to this aquarium in Toronto. At least, now I know some sea creatures at the place.
  • SEA LIFE has its brick-and-mortar appearances in many places in the world. Yet, on its website, after choosing a suitable destination, you should click ‘What’s Inside’ and then ‘Virtual Aquarium’. There are different programs and activities for you to learn more about the sea creatures right from your bed. Of course, the aquarium is offering those for free.
  • Live cam is a popular tool for an online aquarium tour and so is Monterey Bay Aquarium. They have 9 live cams from which you can see the birds, jellyfish, sharks, different kinds of fishes, turtles, sea otters, penguins, etc.
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore even has a 360-degree virtual tour for you to explore their area. You can stop by any animals and learn more about them.

Other virtual tours of aquariums that you could consider for a try such as Seattle Aquarium, Maritime Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, New England Aquarium, etc.

Virtual Tours of Zoos

Polar Bear live-cam of the San Diego Zoo
Polar Bear live-cam of the San Diego Zoo.
  • Houston Zoo has a series of 8 live cameras and the feeding time. I can see there the flamingo one that my wife surely loves it.
  • Zoo Atlanta has a PandaCam for any panda lovers. They also have YouTube videos of other animals and programs at the zoo.
  • You can watch the animals at Cincinnati Zoo on its Facebook page. Surely you will love the animals from the videos they uploaded. They are so cute!
  • San Diego Zoo provides many live cams of animals including ape, baboon, owl, condor, elephant, giraffe, hippo, koala, panda, penguin, platypus, polar bear, and tiger. Honestly, this is one of my favorite virtual tours of zoos with a stabilized connection and clean view.

Virtual Museum Tours

virtual tours of Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums offers one of the best online museum tours.

Almost all museums in the world apply the 360-degree view and simulation of the space to bring to their customers not only the info of the exhibits but also the experience of the museum’s area as in real. Yes, if you want to have that particular experience right from your home, here I made a list of the best free virtual museum tours so you can check them all easily, which:

  • Google Art & Culture is the top platform that provides access to so many virtual museum tours around the world. You can find there the collections of more than 10,000 places, over 2,000 museums, and at least 100,000 artworks from so many topics.
  • If you are a fan of artworks, don’t forget to check out the virtual tours at the Van Gogh Museum, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Vatican Museums, etc.
  • Museums such as the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History, Pergamonmuseum, or Vietnam National Museum of History bring to you their collections of archaeological and anthropological artifacts of history.
  • Alongside, some of the special museums that surely you will find them so very interesting like the Museum of Broken Relationships, National Women’s History Museum, or Studio Ghibli Museum, etc.

Other Free Online Tours and Platforms for Education Purposes

Platforms that Support VR Technology

With new and increasingly affordable technology, it’s easy now to find online field trips that deliver a complete virtual reality experience. Indeed, the explorers can buy cardboard for less than $10 each, giving users an almost good experience by actually visiting that location. No mouse actions or clicks are required to navigate. Evenly, an inexpensive pair of glasses offers a life-like experience that allows visitors to look around the place just as you would when you are visiting. OK, let’s check out the best platforms with VR experience for online educational tours below!

Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions offers one of the best virtual reality trip experiences. Of course, it’s one of Google’s products. You can download the app for Android or iOS devices to explore on your own or in groups.

If you choose the group option, there is a person, usually a parent or a teacher, who acts as a guide and leads the expedition. The tour guide is able to choose adventure and explore, and direct participants to points of interest. Via the platform, you can visit historical landmarks and museums. Furthermore, you could swim in the ocean or head to Mount Everest.

Unfortunately, Google announced a shutdown of this platform happening on June 30th, 2021. Most of the data and experience from Google Expeditions will be moved to Google Art & Culture so you can continue to enjoy the virtual tours there.

Discovery Education

The Experience section of Discovery Education

Another high-quality VR field trip option is Discovery Education, with the Experience section in particular. For many years, the Discovery Channel has provided viewers with an educational program. Now, they provide a modern virtual reality experience for classes and parents.

Similar to Google Expeditions, you can enjoy Discovery’s virtual field trip on desktop or mobile devices. Its 360​​° video was breathtaking. Additionally, to add the full VR experience, you will need to download an app and use their VR viewing.

Live-streaming Online Tours

Another option to explore via virtual tours is to join a live-streaming event. All you need is an internet connection and a device such as a desktop or a tablet computer. The advantage of live events is the opportunity to participate in real-time by asking questions or participating in polls. Besides that, if you miss an event, you can view the recording at your convenience. There are some of the platforms that provide live-streaming virtual tours that you can try:


A website that provides such events for classrooms and home schools. There is an annual fee for using the service. Yet, it allows a single classroom or homeschooling family to participate in as many field trips as they want throughout the year. Moreover, these online tours are not only virtual excursions but educational programs designed for specific grade levels and curriculum standards. For example, options include visits to the Ford’s Theatre, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, DNA learning at the National Law Enforcement Museum, trips to the Space Center in Houston, or the Alaska Sealife Center.

You are able to view pre-recorded events or subscribe to upcoming events and watch them live. During live events, you can ask questions by entering the Questions and Answers tab. Occasionally, a field trip partner will set up a survey that allows participants to respond in real-time.

National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom

National Geographic's Explorer Classroom on Youtube

Finally, don’t miss National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom. All you need to take part in these online tours is accessing the YouTube channel. For one of six on-screen slots, you will have a chance to interact directly with the explorer and be featured in the stream. Yet, anyone can ask questions using Twitter and the hashtag #ExplorerClassroom. The experts leading National Geographic’s virtual field trips include deep-sea explorers, archaeologists, conservationists, marine biologists, space architects, and more.

You may want to subscribe and participate directly at scheduled times or watch hosted events on the Explorer Classroom YouTube channel.

Enjoy, and have fun times exploring virtual tours with your loved ones!


Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Tiffany McCullough - Metaphysical Mama

    This is great! My son and I have really enjoyed doing these virtual tours since the pandemic and are always looking for more. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dr. Elise Ho

    I LOVE THIS POST. Seriously. I have done some of these things but not all. There are so many great things that we have access to that we did not before.

  • Heidi Bruaw

    What a great list! I am a teacher and I’m always looking for great virtual field trips. Thank you!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      There are some tools in the list that may well support your teaching.
      Hope you enjoy using them!

  • amayszingblogs

    Virtual tours are awesome nowadays especially now were in pandemic we don’t allowed to go travel because of the restrictions. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Rosey

    The virtual aquarium trip is awesome. The kids can’t take trips for school this year so they are going to the virtual trips here too.

  • Marina

    You just gave me a great idea how to spend my afternoon with my daughter. Thank you for this post

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You’re welcomed!
      Also, don’t forget to check out other interesting posts on my blog.

  • Doris Jean

    This is a great list! Thank you for sharing. This past year as really made companies become more creative in how they do business. I will definitely try out some of these tours with my daughter.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Certainly, you will have great times exploring the virtual tours with your daughter. I hope she like those.

  • kidneyfornikki

    I love these virtual tours. I have watched tours from different zoos before. I need to check out the museum tours though. Thank you for the list of virtual tour options!

  • Kevin Brotac

    OMG thank you so much. I will be spending some time abroad without leaving my house.

  • Ivan Jose

    I’ve been meaning to join a virtual tour but just couldn’t decide where to start. I might just do one of these soon.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Hopefully, this post is a great start for you to explore the virtual tours.

  • emman damian

    I really want to do the White House virtual tour! I haven’t been in Washington D.C so I think this will be a good one! Thanks for sharing it! Will try it later.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m sure you will find the White House virtual tour interesting.

  • Anosa Malanga

    Good thing that there is internet. We can go virtually where-ever we are. Kids especially would definitely enjoy to see such places. So glad virtual tours are available.

  • Preston Park

    Thanks! I’ve got the Ray Bay on permanent display now.

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Virtual tours has been in rage nowadays and it’s a great getaway when you are getting stuffy in your home. Those are some wonderful selections and will check them out sometime.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m sure you will find some of them interesting that take you hours to explore.

  • Gralion Torile

    I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I update the articles about 2-3 times/week. Hopefully you enjoy all the articles on my site.

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