Take a Trip Without Leaving the Classroom: 21 Tools for Virtual Field Trips

April 14, 2015
Kira DeVaul Education Content Assistant


Spring has sprung, which means kids (and teachers!) are eager to be outside. It can be tough to tame this energy, but with the right tools, technology can help funnel it right into your classroom. Three words: virtual field trip! Although you'd probably love to take your class to Egypt or Washington, D.C., it's likely not too realistic to get up and go. The next best thing? Familiarizing yourself with terrific edtech that can bring the destinations to you.

To help you do this, we've compiled a list of 21 apps and websites that -- combined with a little imagination -- take students on a trip without leaving their desks. Websites for museums like the Exploratorium, Newseum, and the National World War II Museum all offer tons of great content including virtual tours, DIY science experiments, and ideas for design projects. For more widespread exploration, any teacher can find a use for Google tools like Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Treks, Google Views, and Google Art Project. However simple or complex, virtual field trips are cost effective, time saving, and engagement boosting when energetic imaginations connect with quality, content-rich tech tools.

Click Here for Our Full List of Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites

What apps or websites do you recommend for virtual field trips? Let us know in the comments below!


John Cobblah
Classroom teacher

I think that this idea is wonderful. i find that it is something that we already do quite frequently but never in such a directed manor i suppose. it is a great way to experience the children's interests just as they arise. I am excited to employment this tool.

Ted Niescier
Classroom teacher

With our governments quickly burning up goodwill around the world and our school boards cutting budgets making travel increasingly difficult, these great resources will offer some pale semblance of what real travel must have been like back when it was encouraged for a well-rounded person to see the world with a bike or a train instead of an iPad or an armored car.