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8 Amazing Tours Without Actually Leaving The Couch

Many museums and cultural institutions around the world are inspiring people to stay curious and occupied by offering free virtual tours, exhibits, videos, and performances for people to enjoy from their homes. You can (digitally) take a walk through Main Street in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, view art from renowned names like Picasso, Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh, or relax by watching the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

1. US National Parks From The Badlands To Yellowstone.

Google Earth and Google Arts & Culture have made at least 32 virtual tours of national parks around the US, allowing people to transport themselves to breathtaking landscapes around the country. Tours available include digital looks at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and several others.

2. Collections Of The Art Institute Of Chicago.

The Art Institute has made several educational resources available online, such as coloring activities and audio tours. The museum also has many of its collections available to view online, which some fans of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” might recognize from the ’80s movie — including “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, which is painted in the pointillism style that makes for an interesting illusion.

 

3. New York City’s American Museum Of Natural History.

NYC’s American Museum of Natural History has ways to virtually explore its amazing collections on YouTube, and it also offers a Virtual Tour via Google Arts & Culture. Families, parents, and educators may also be interested to tune into the museum’s Facebook Live videos at 2 p.m. ET every Tuesday and Thursday, which give fans a live look at the facility’s exhibits.

4. Trek Through Australia’s Famous Outback Region.

A series of virtual tours lets people all over the world experience the beauty of the Outback, specifically the sacred area known as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

 

5. Sunset Off The Cliffs Of Moher In Ireland.

Relax during golden hour by viewing the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. You can take a virtual tour of the famous Irish geological landmark on the Cliffs of Moher website.

6. Roam The Magical Theme Park.

Disney World and Disneyland are closed for the time being, but fans can still virtually roam the magical theme park. Disney previously launched Google Street View imagery of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Fans dreaming of a day spent in the lovable theme parks can virtually enjoy Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and even Disney World’s global Epcot “countries.”

 

7. Monterey Bay Aquarium In California.

The Monterey, California, aquarium is giving visitors a virtual look at its colorful sea creatures via free live camera streaming. Animal lovers can zen out to jellyfish or watch penguins waddling in their habitat.

8. NASA.

NASA’s free mobile app lets space-enthusiasts virtually step into mission control. NASA’s free Space Center Houston app lets people explore virtual reality experiences, take astronaut selfies, and follow along through an audio tour of its educational space center.

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