Sometimes, as much as you want to visit a place in person, it’s just not feasible. Thank goodness for technology – so many of our great museums and National Parks have online resources these days. These 7 virtual museum and national park tours are great for kids of all ages! PS – they are also my personal favorites!
I will admit it, I was a little biased when I picked out these virtual tours. I can’t help myself. There are a bunch out there and available, it could have been difficult to choose. I have fond memories of many of these places and am so thankful that I’ve been able to experience them both as a child and also an adult, and I wanted to share them with you and your kids!
There are 5 museums and 2 National Parks included here. I hope you enjoy these virtual museum and National Park tours for kids of all ages!
*Note – these virtual tours were available at the time of publication. The author does not have any control over and is not responsible if they are not available in the future.*
Grab your backpack and juice box and let’s get started!
7 Virtual Museum and National Park Tours for Kids
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
As a child, we would take both school field trips and family road trips to Washington, DC. One of my favorite Smithsonian Museums was the Air and Space Museum. And afterward, we would always stop at the popcorn vendor outside and get a treat!
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History was hands down my #1 favorite as a kid. You walk in and the first thing you see is the life-sized elephant. And then head into the Ocean room to see the big whale. Yeah. I could have lived in that museum. As an adult, I actually got to tour the Natural History Museum in London. Almost as cool!
NASA Glenn Research Center
Ok, we’re back to space because let’s face it… space stuff is really cool. It doesn’t matter how old you are! Here’s another great virtual tour from NASA.
Boston’s Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum was founded by teachers back in 1913. Not only do you get a virtual tour, but they have lots of other great resources too!
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
My family has been patrons of George Washington’s Mount Vernon for over 10 years. We’ve attended numerous black-tie galas, picnicked on the lawn, did the Christmas candlelight tour, and even attended a wedding there. I’m so glad they opened their doors for a virtual tour to the general public.
National Parks by PBS Learning Media and Ken Burns
I’ve been to a few National Parks. But another bucket list item is for our family to rent an RV and travel out west to see some of the best and greatest that our country has to offer. This documentary shows some amazing scenery and history and I mean hello… it’s made by Ken Burns. He’s the best there is.
Grand Canyon Virtual Run Rim to River
Back in 2008, I took a solo road trip out west and hiked a little of the Grand Canyon. Pictures don’t do it justice, it’s so majestic in person! It’s on our bucket list to take Hubby and Stepson as they have never been. The boys want to do the entire “Rim to River” hike. I’ll watch it virtually, thank you!
I hope you and your kids enjoyed these tours and I hope you get to visit in person someday too!
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Love, hugs, and crossing off the virtual bucket list.
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