A field trip can be a wonderful capstone experience to a unit of study. The bus ride, the small groups, the feeling of adventure! But who says you actually have to leave the classroom to have an amazing field trip experience? The world is at your fingertips with these fun, engaging, and FREE virtual field trip ideas. Dive under the sea, blast off into outer space, and get WILD with animals with just a click.
Keep reading to find the field trips organized by topic of interest. We’ve even included a classroom read-aloud for each field trip to share with your students. With so many great options, why not explore them all? Where will your class travel this year?
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Animals and Nature
1. The San Diego Zoo
Explore one of the largest zoos in the United States. Get up close and personal with live animal cameras, guided tours of the zoo, animal crafts, and stories. With a helpful search feature, students can easily find any animal of interest at the zoo.
Zoo Field Trip Read Aloud
2. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
With this interactive map, students can explore every room and exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Discover dinosaurs, the deep ocean, the insect zoo, mammal exhibits from all seven continents, and more!
Natural History Museum Field Trip Read Aloud
3. The Seattle Aquarium
Otters, octopus, urchins, and more! Explore the Seattle Aquarium through dozens of animal videos and guided field trip recordings.
Aquarium Field Trip Read Aloud
4. Farm Tours
Have you ever thought about where the food we eat comes from? Students can be Old MacDonald for the day when they explore FarmFood 360. With 14 different farm tours to choose from, students can learn about a day in the life of a dairy farm, chicken farm, apple orchard, and more!
Virtual Field Trips: History
5. Ellis Island
Students can learn about the immigration process during the late 19th and early 20th century with this interactive tour of Ellis Island. Learning more about who we are and where we come from is an important part of forming identity. The website also includes information about the immigration process in the United States today.
Ellis Island Field Trip Read Aloud
6. The White House
Take a trip to “The People’s House,” and see where the President of the United States resides. With so many rooms to explore, which will the students like best?
White House Field Trip Read Aloud
7. Historic Philadelphia Tour
Take a trip to the birthplace of American democracy – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! With the option for self-guided or live personal tours, there is so much to explore in the city that was our nation’s first capital. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the first US Post Office, the Betsy Ross house, and more!
Philadelphia Field Trip Read Aloud
Virtual Field Trips: Arts & Culture
8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Where can you see over 5,000 years’ worth of artwork from around the world? The Met, of course! The coolest feature of The Met’s site for students might be the “time machine.” Click on a topic of interest, like Fashion, Inventions, or Mythology, and enter a date on the time machine. POOF! The time machine will transport you to that era to explore the art and culture on display at The Met.
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9. Google Expeditions
Fancy a trip to Rome, Paris, London, or Seoul? Become an artistic globetrotter with just a few clicks. Students can access museum exhibits and cultural sites from around the world with Google Expeditions. You could spend DAYS diving into all that Google Expeditions has to offer. Use their friendly search bar to narrow your topics – the list of adventures is constantly growing!
Virtual Field Trips: STEM
10. The Museum of Science
Catch a daily live stream with a real science museum educator, or take a trip through any of the museum’s virtual experiences. Engineering, coding, and design are all popular subjects here!
Science Museum Field Trip Read Aloud
11. Candy Factory Tour
This might be the sweetest virtual field trip. Students will take a trip to a candy factory to discover how M&M’s are made. Marvel at the mechanical technology that makes these tasty treats!
Candy Factory Field Trip Read Aloud
12. Crayola Crayon Factory Tour
Find out how everyone’s favorite art supply is made! Click here to read more about the crayon-making process.
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