A Treasury of Virtual Field Trips


An open road.  A history I know nothing about.  Colors and culture.  People and places.  Cobble-stoned streets and sand on the beach.  A new mountain to climb.  A view I have never seen.  Breathing air that actually smells different.  Oh, how I love to travel!

When I was young and single, without a care in the world, I worked hard so that I could travel.  My goal was to see something new and fabulous at least once a year.  I did this for several years and I will always enjoy the memories of those trips. But now, things have changed and unlimited travel is not possible. Still, don’t we all still dream of showing our children the world? Isn’t that one of the greatest gifts of homeschool? Imagine learning about the Great Wall of China while sitting on it! Or wading in the ocean as you learn about its’ depths!

A Treasury of Virtual Field Trips

I came across the idea of virtual field trips some time ago while researching for our homeschool.  What an awesome idea!

A virtual field trip is a guided exploration through the world wide web that organizes a collection of pre-screened, thematically based web pages into a structured online learning experience. (Foley, 2003)

Virtual field trips vary dramatically in quality and presentation. Some are simply a series of web pages linked together in an organized way to guide you through a learning experience. Others are dramatic, visual feasts with videos, games and interactions. Of course there is often a strong imagination component, but with virtual field trips, there is really no limit as to where you can go!

I decided to make a compilation of the best virtual trips for my children. The virtual field trips that I chose, are ones that would fascinate my children and hold their attention. I was looking for beauty, and an interactive component as well.  What I found was an absolute treasury!

A Treasury of Virtual Field Trips


A Treasury of Virtual Field Trips

Beautiful Places





Social Studies

The World

  • Mars:  A simulation video that follows a rover all the way through space to Mars
  • Solar System Tour:  Nine Planets


A Treasury of Virtual Field Trips

This list will updated as I get new ideas and suggestions, so if you know of a great Virtual Field Trip that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you in the comments!