7 Virtual Field Trips Every Teacher Ought to Know About

Written by 20 July 2011
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Due to budget cuts, many teachers lack the essentials like pens and paper. So for most schools, even a small field trip to the local bakery or theater is too much to ask.

Well, today I’m going t7 Virtual Field Trips Every Teacher Ought to Know Abouto show you how to make lemonade out of lemons!

Virtual field trips are becoming more and more popular (so popular that you demanded we do a webinar about them).

Why?

  1. They’re free.
  2. They don’t take a lot of time to set up.
  3. No applications or paperwork to fill out.
  4. Every student in the class can go.
  5. Students love them because they’re fun.
  6. Teachers love them because they get students involved and engaged.
  7. Did I mention they’re FREE?

I promised you lemonade — so I searched for hours and found THE BEST free online virtual field trips.

Have a sip…
1. Google Art Projects
Google art projects is the collection of 1000+ works from 17 highly acclaimed art museums in the world. With Google art projects you can virtually walk the aisles of these museums and view high resolution images of paintings like Van Gough’s “The Bedroom”. Google also allows you to create your own art collection by saving individual paintings to a portfolio where you can add notes to the paintings and even share your whole collection with friends.
http://www.googleartproject.com/
2. Google Sky
Travel the stars with Google Sky. With Google Sky you can view the position of plants, explore constellations, and even watch the birth of distant galaxies. You can even change the view of Google sky to see what the sky would look like if we had the ability to view the universe in
x-rays or infrared.
http://www.google.com/sky/
3. Smithsonian
This self-paced, self-guided tour allows viewers to take a detailed virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This is a complete virtual tour where all you have to do is follow the blue arrow around the museum to journey on a great tour of the museum that makes you’re feel like you’re actually walking the halls of the Smithsonian
http://www.mnh.si.edu/panoramas/
4. Panoramas.dk
Bring the 7 wonders of the world to your classroom with panoramas.dk. This website has breathtaking panoramic views of all 7 wonders of the world which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichén Itzá in Mexico.
http://www.panoramas.dk/7-wonders/colosseum.html
5. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History
This virtual tour is of The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This museum is home to an extensive world-wide collections of zoology, entomology, geology, and mineralogy, including the local dinosaur finds, a 40ft Tyrannosaurus rex, the observation beehive and Alice’s Dodo. Also a part of the tour is the building itself; one of the finest examples of the Victorian Gothic style of architecture.
http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/universitymuseum/#
6. National Museum of the United States Air Force
This remarkable tour of the National Museum of the United States Air Force gives viewers and very clear and complete tour of the entire museum grounds. See the progression of aeronautics in the U.S. from its beginnings with the Wright brothers all the way to modern day R&D aircraft.
http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/full/tour-pkg.html

7. Inside the White House
Travel floor-by-floor as you take an interactive tour of the White House. View official White House photos of room as well as browse through the history of that room and its unique features. Also learn the significance each room has in the day-to-day workings of the White House.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/interactive-tour

Do you know of any virtual field trips that aren’t on this list? We’re always looking for more…

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31 Ridiculously Cool Water Parks To Visit With Your Kids

Or without them. Waterslides are fun.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/morganshanahan/31-ridiculously-cool-water-parks-to-visit-with-your-kids#.bqvy8nld0l

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1. Happy Magic Water Cube, Beijing

Happy Magic Water Cube, Beijing

Housed inside of what was once the aquatic center for the Beijing Olympics, Happy Magic Water Cube is probably the most stunning indoor (or outdoor) water park you’ll ever lay eyes on.

2. Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, Oregon

Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, Oregon

Great for air and space fans — the Evergreen Museum took the fun to new levels when they turned a Boeing 747 aircraft into a waterslide.

3. Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Water Park, Texas

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Water Park, Texas

Schlitterbahn has a whole family of incredible water parks, but only their South Padre Island location boasts a giant sand castle in their beachfront splash park.

4. Città Del Mare Hotel, Italy

Città Del Mare Hotel, Italy

Città del Mare on the coast of Sicily invites thrill-seeking guests to ride their slides right into the Mediterranean Sea.

5. Avalanche Bay, Michigan

Avalanche Bay, Michigan

The surf simulator will knock your watersocks off.

6. Chimelong Paradise, China

Chimelong Paradise, China

This colorful water park features dive-in samba shows.

7. Hersheypark, Pennyslvania

Hersheypark, Pennyslvania

Hershey Park

Where can you gorge on world-famous chocolate, check out the theme parks, and enjoy a splash pad for the whole family? Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark, of course!

8. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

This family-friendly resort hotel has underwater suites and waterslides that twist and turn through the entire park.

9. Splish Splash, Long Island, New York

Splish Splash, Long Island, New York

Family friendly with something for everyone, Splish Splash has a great splash area for toddlers too.

10. Suoi Tien Park, Vietnam

Suoi Tien Park, Vietnam

Everyone can chill out at this Buddhism-themed water park featuring live crocodiles you can feed yourself!

11. Great Wolf Lodge, Washington

Great Wolf Lodge, Washington

Grand Mound is one of many Great Wolf Lodge locations around the U.S., but this family destination has an indoor water park in addition to kid-friendly accommodations and activities on dry land.

12. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Florida

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Florida

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This shipwreck-themed park in Orlando offers surfing lessons in addition to all kinds of traditional water-park fun.

13. Water Park of America, Minneapolis

Water Park of America, Minneapolis

Not far from the famed Mall of America is its sister attraction, the epic, indoor Waterpark of America. Slides twist and turn in and out of the building itself, providing a totally unique experience.

14. Ho Tay Waterpark, Vietnam

A welcome break from the heat of summer, Vietnamese kids let loose at Ho Tay Water Park on nine epic slides.

15. Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Australia

Wet 'n' Wild Water World, Australia

Zip lines! This water park has zip lines!

16. Legoland Water Oark, California

Legoland Water Oark, California

Legoland

It’s a water park…that looks like it was made out of Legos. (I know, right?) You’ll find slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and all of your favorite plastic pals.

17. Massanutten Resort, Virginia

Massanutten Resort, Virginia

Gotta get your slide on in the winter? This indoor water park boasts a 94-degree water temperature year round.

18. Magic Springs, Arkansas

Magic Springs, Arkansas

Magic Springs is a thrilling getaway for grown-ups and has one of the most epic splash zones for little kiddos you’ve ever seen.

19. Atlantis, Bahamas

Atlantis, Bahamas

This slide shoots you through a pool of sharks! (You’re safe, but the person who snapped this photo is probably dead.)

20. Beach Park, Brazil

Beach Park, Brazil

Beach Park, Foraleza Brazil

Insano is the tallest and fastest waterslide in the world, and you can find it at Beach Park in Fortaleza, Brazil.

21. Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Florida

Disney's Blizzard Beach, Florida

Intrigued by “Insano” but can’t make it to Brazil? Blizzard Beach in Florida boasts a megaslide that strives to rival the Brazilian giant.

22. Yas Waterworld, UAE

Yas Waterworld, UAE

This incredible Abu Dhabi water park is home to the world’s first “rattling slide” and the largest children’s water park in the Middle East.

23. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Indiana

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Indiana

This water park in Santa Claus, Indiana, has got guest perks on lock — free soft drinks, free sunscreen, and parents and kids are registered when you enter so you’re easily reunited if anyone gets separated.

24. Kva-Kva Water Park, Russia

Kva-Kva Water Park, Russia

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Located about 40 minutes from Moscow and open year-round, the indoor Kva Kva Water Park is a great place to take a break from long winter months, or escape to cool off in summer!

25. Tropical Islands, Berlin

Tropical Islands, Berlin

This German water park is housed in an airplane hangar and (bonus!) features the largest indoor rain forest in the world.

26. Siam Park, Canary Islands

Siam Park, Canary Islands

With 10-foot waves, Siam Park’s wave pool is the most bodacious in the world.

27. Area 47, Austria

Area 47, Austria

This extreme outdoor water adventure park features slides, rides, and giant bouncing worms that all let out directly in the lake. Best for kiddos 8 and up.

28. Noah’s Ark Water Park, Wisconsin

Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin

America’s self-proclaimed “largest water park” features both solo and multiperson rides for as many as six!

29. Raging Waters, California

Raging Waters, California

Made famous by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Raging Waters is a Southern California staple.

30. Golfland Sunsplash, Arizona

Golfland Sunsplash, Arizona

Golfland Sunsplash

Surprise, film buffs! This Mesa, Arizona, attraction actually stood in for San Dimas, California’s Raging Waters in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. That’s right — everything you thought you knew about famous water parks is a lie.

31. Waterville USA, Alabama

Waterville USA, Alabama

Another family favorite, this Gulf Shores, Alabama, water park makes up in slides what it lacks in size.

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