Free Virtual Tours and Events to Help You Make the Most of Your Staycation

From In-Depth Virtual Tours of Museums and National Parks to Viewing Live Opera Shows, Time at Home is Now More Entertaining

As we kick our shoes off and get comfortable avoiding COVID-19, the virus is helping us experience the world around us better and freer than ever before. From U.S. national parks and the Great Wall of China to world-class museums, art galleries, zoos, and shows, we can now experience our favorite locations and events in the comfort of our own home.

Whether it be virtual tours, live camera views, or in-depth scenic tours, you’re sure to find something you and the whole family will enjoy. No lines, no crowds, and absolutely free.

Virtual Tours

You may be familiar with virtual tours while searching addresses on Google or shopping for apartments or homes. This technology is now available for many of the world’s top tourist locations, and the experience just went up a notch. Now Google Arts and Culture is partnering with over 2,500 locations worldwide to provide free tours, some of which include an audio tour from guides and interactive learning. Each location you visit, you get a relaxing view of what makes these locations so special.

And Google isn’t the only service. Many locations such as zoos and even the Louvre are offering their own free tours and viewings. This is a great opportunity to explore with your whole family the locations you have always wanted to see, as well as check off places you weren’t able to fit in during your last trip.

Here’s a look at just a few of these destinations.


Explore some of the world’s best museums and gain special insight into keys works through special online exhibits.

1. British Museum in London

2. Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

3. Musée d’Orsay in Paris

4. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

5. Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

6. MASP in São Paulo

For a full list of locations, click here. For online exhibits on a specific subject, just click on the site’s search box and type it in.

National Parks

Enjoy gorgeous imagery and in-depth, interactive tours from these wondrous U.S. National Parks. This is an experience the whole family will love.

1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

2. Hawai’I Volcanoes National Park

3. Bryce Canyon National Park

4. Dry Tortugas National Park

5. Kenai Fjords National Park

Live Cams

Now you can view your favorite animals in some of the best zoos in the country. Watch them eat, sleep, and get up to mischief any time of day. Just don’t knock on the glass.

1. San Diego Zoo

2. Monterey Bay Aquarium

3. Georgia Aquarium

A Live Show

If you are a lover of the performing arts, the New York Metropolitan Opera is offering free digital shows every night at 7:30. You won’t need to take out your opera glasses.

Thanks to the amazing work of Google and the kindness of these museums, parks, and zoos, you can experience some of the world’s most fascinating locations – all for free. We hope you and the family enjoy exploring and add more items to your list for your next vacation!

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