Get outside without leaving your couch

Get outside without leaving your couch

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

When the world keeps on turning but you can’t leave the couch, don’t resort to binge-watching old sitcoms. “Get outside” and learn about animals and state parks or even go on a Disney ride, all without ever leaving the comfort of your living room! Check out these four amazing virtual experiences. 

Virtual Farm Tours

If your kids love animals, these tours are just what they need! You can see the animals without smelling the various aromas that grace a farm. Children ages 4 - 9 can visit Dutch Hollow Farm. The tour lasts 50 minutes and visits a dry cow barn, milking parlor and calf barn. This is a great learning opportunity for young minds. Older kids, ages 10 - 13, can take a tour of Will-O-Crest Farm in New York. Start your tour in the calf area and the move on to the milking parlor. There you’ll learn how much milk a cow produces in a year. End your tour in the cow barn. High school students can tour Jo Bo Holsteins Farm in Pennsylvania. Learn exciting facts about all the efforts that go into running a farm and all of the products that come from cows. How many cow facts can you learn on one tour?

Virtual National Parks Tours 

If you've been searching for a way to tour National Parks without paying admission, there is finally a way! Virtual tours of various National Parks are now available using Google Earth. Discover the Badlands of South Dakota or climb the mountains in Denali National Park in Alaska. Have you ever wondered what a Redwood forest looked like? Now is the time to find out.

Virtual Disney Rides 

Though the parks are closed and Mickey Mouse is taking a much-deserved vacation, you can still experience the thrill of riding various amusement park rides. Cruise through Space Mountain or go on an undersea adventure with the Little Mermaid. YouTube offers a plethora of videos and clips that Disney fans have captured during their magical time at Disney parks. 

Virtual Georgia Aquarium Tour 

Been wondering what the African penguins are up to at the Georgia Aquarium? Now, you can feed your curiosity. Watch live webcams of these cute little critters and see what trouble they get themselves into. You can also view the Beluga whales serenely swimming all day long or the mystical floating jellyfish. What other fish can you spot while watching the live cams?

Are you inspired to go to any of these places in real life? Start with a virtual tour and decide if you want to see for yourself some of the amazing places and attractions the world has to offer. Inspire your child to learn about a farm or be amazed at the incredible height of the Redwood tree. No matter which virtual adventure you choose, you’re sure to return safe and sound and full of excitement for what’s to come next.      

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