Free Online Field Trips For Elementary School Kids!
Are you looking for some fun, free virtual field trips for kids? I’ve got you covered with this list of free online field trips perfect for elementary school kids, preschool aged kids, or anyone who loves to look at awesome places!
I can’t be the only person with bored kids at home??? I’m constantly being asked, “What can I do? There’s NOTHING to do!” Those poor darlings just think they live in the most boring house ever!
Well, one of the ideas I’ve started giving my kids is to take a free virtual field trip! This way they can experience the world, without even having to leave home! It’s educational and FUN, making mom happy and kiddos happy. Don’t we just love a double win??? Yes, yes we do!
Virtual Field Trips For Kids
I’ve scoured the internet to find the best free online field trips for elementary school kids! I hope your family and students enjoy them as much as we have!
Animal Field Trips
If you have animal lovers, then they are sure to love a few of the virtual animal field trips below.
Have you ever wanted to go on an African safari???? Try a virtual one with the live cameras in the African bush. AfriCam offers multiple camera views so you can enjoy all that Africa has to offer.
Learn all about the Dairy Farm with this fun virtual field trip. Kids will be able to tour a real dairy farm and learn all of the behind the scenes that goes on at the farm.
Get a peek into life with chickens with the Hen Cam. It shows the day to day life of hens living in a backyard outside of Boston. Hens are so funny, I could watch them for hours!
Another fun animal virtual field trip is to the Houston Zoo. They have live webcams available to watch the elephants, flamingos, river otters and more!
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
For any dolphin or marine animal lovers out there, you must attend the virtual Marineland Dolphin Adventure for an up close look at a variety of sea animals.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Take a trip to the aquarium without leaving home! The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers multiple cams for your viewing pleasure. You can watch the moon jelly, penguins, sea otters, sharks and more.
San Diego Zoo Cam
Another fun animal cam you can watch is the San Diego Zoo Cam. The San Diego Zoo has multiple animal cams available for you and your kiddos to enjoy. You can watch the apes, baboons, elephants, giraffes, hippos and more!
Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam
Watch the PandaCam on Zoo Atlanta’s YouTube Channel for a fun treat! You can tune in live whenever and wherever to watch the panda play, eat, and sleep.
Historical Field Trips
Teaching your students a lesson about an historical event or place? Use one of the virtual field trips below to help bring that history to life.
9/11 Memorial Museum
Take a walk through the 9/11 Memorial Museum with this interactive virtual tour. This tour does an amazing job of making you feel like you are actually at the memorial museum, viewing the exhibits up close and personal. It was very moving to go through.
Anne Frank Secret Annex
Tour the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding from 1942-1944. This is a great virtual tour to see exactly where the Frank family and others lived during WW2 and to learn more about their stories.
Take a peek inside Buckingham Palace here! You can virtually tour the throne room, grand staircase and white drawing room.
Another fun history virtual field trip is to Colonial Williamsburg. It’s a great look into what was life during colonial times.
I love this interactive tour of Ellis Island. They have audio, pictures, and video from passengers arrive on Ellis Island. The tour takes you step by step through the immigration process into the United States. It’s very informative and interesting.
Ford’s Theater virtual tour is a great way to learn more about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the events that took place that fateful night. Through images of the restored theater, students will learn more about the timeline and experiences of the night Lincoln died.
Great Wall of China
Go on a field trip to the Great Wall of China from the comfort of your own home with this virtual tour!
George Washingtons home, Mount Vernon, is a beautifully restored home. This virtual tour will take you through each room of Mount Vernon so that you can get a view of what it looked like when George and Martha lived there.
Museum of the American Revolution
If you or your students are studying about the American Revolution, be sure to check out this field trip to the Museum of the American Revolution. Lauren Tarshie, author of the I Survived series, guides the field trip, with a deeper look to the revolution, with a kid friendly twist.
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center offers multiple free virtual tours for elementary kids. Each video teaches kids about the signing of the constitution, the civil war and founding of America.
National Museum of Natural History
Check out all of the rooms of the National Museum of Natural History. This is a self guided tour allowing you to view your favorite areas however and whenever you want!
Visit the Plimoth Plantation with this virtual field trip to learn more about the early settlers of the United States. The tour includes multiple videos and a slideshow.
Statue of Liberty
Tour the Statue of Liberty with this online field trip. It’s a great way to see what it looks like from the inside and to learn more about it’s history.
Have you ever wanted to see what the Titanic looks under water? Now you can with this Titanic virtual tour. It’s a fun way to teach kids about a historical event and give them a look at what happens to an object under water.
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Great Outdoors Field Trips
Want to see all of the beauty the great outdoors has to offer without leaving your house? Well you can with these outdoors virtual field trips!
The Grand Canyon Virtual Tour is a an amazing tour along the Grand Canyon Rim to the Colorado River. You’ll be able to join a 2 hour tour of the Grand Canyon to see all of the sights it has to offer!
Check out these amazing Webcams of Hawaiian Volcanoes! I had so much fun viewing all of the volcano images and can’t wait to show them to my kids. It’s a great educational virtual field trip!
Get a birds eye view of Mount Rushmore with this virtual field trip. You’ll get to explore the monument up close and personal, for a little taste of what it would be like to actually be there.
Son Doong Cave
Travel to Vietnam and tour the largest cave in the world, with the Son Doong Cave virtual tour. The calming sounds and pictures transports you straight into this beautiful cave.
Take a virtual field trip to Yellowstone National Park. You can view Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mud Volcano and more! It’s such a fun way to see all of the unique beauty Yellowstone has to offer, without ever leaving your house!
Yosemite is such a beautiful park and I had so much fun visiting it virtually with this field trip.
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Space Field Trips
Take a trip to space with these fun virtual field trips.
I absolutely love this virtual field trip to Mars. You’ll get to tour the real surface of Mars that was previously recorded by NASAS Curiosity Rover.
Slime in Space
You must check out this fun slime in space virtual field trip. Here students will get to learn how slime acts when it’s in space. This is a really fun field trip and experiment!
I’m always curious about life in space, and every kid I’ve met is too! Here’s a fun virtual field trip to the international space station. Get a peek into how astronauts live in space and what it’s like working at the space station.
Take a fun field trip to the stars. Check out Stallarium Web to view the constellations, stars and planets. You can even input your location to locate the stars right above your backyard.
I love this virtual tour to the sun. It’s really well made and even makes stops to the moon, Venus and Mercury.
Educational Virtual Field Trips
Below are some of my favorite educational online field trips.
Learn more about how food is grown with the BrightFarms Virtual Field Trip. You’ll get to peek inside of a greenhouse and watch how indoor farming works!
M&M Candy Factory Tour
Here’s a really fun virtual tour of the M&M Candy Factory. Watch the entire process of what it takes to make M&Ms. It’s a really fun video and tour!
Memphis Fire Department
Mount Olive Pickles Tour
Another fun educational virtual field trip is the Mount Olive Pickles Tour. It’s an interesting tour showing the entire process of taking a cucumber and turning it into multiple types of pickles.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Learn more about aviation with a tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. With this virtual tour you’ll be able to see different aircrafts and missiles on display, and learn a few interesting facts about aviation history.
The Nature Conservancy offers multiple virtual field trips for students to take right from the comfort of their home or classroom. You can choose from multiple topics covered including, climate change, coral, ecosystems and more, there is something for everyone!
Teach your kids all about recycling with this recycling center virtual tour. They will learn all about the importance of recycling, and get to watch the big equipment sorting and packing the recycled materials.
Tour the Collum’s Lumber Yard and learn how pine trees are turned into lumber. It’s a really fun behind the scenes video!
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Art Field Trips
Do you have an art lover in your classroom? Take a few of these fun virtual art field trips below!
Frida Kahlo Museum
Virtually explore the beautiful home of famed artist, Frida Kahlo. Her home, Casa Azul, is full of so much beauty and original art. It is a masterpiece that is so fun to view from the comfort of your own home.
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art has multiple video tours and lessons for elementary school kids to take to help them learn more about art. This is a great resource for teachers and parents!
Virtually visit the Vatican Museums and get a close up look of the beautiful art and architecture in each one. Your students will be able look inside the Sistine Chapel, Raphaels Rooms, and more!
We are so lucky to live during a time when we can travel the world as a family or class, without even having to leave our house. I hope you enjoy some of these free virtual field trips for kids!