Explore the 7 Continents from Home


As families spend more time together at home, virtual field trips are providing fascinating glimpses into every corner of Earth. From natural wonders to historical destinations, here are a few memorable experiences that can take families on a trip around the world! 


Tembe Elephant Park

Interested in going on safari? Explore.org has multiple live cam channels in which you can view animals in their natural habitats. If you love elephants as much as we do, check out the Tembe Elephant Park and watch these majestic creatures visit a water hole to drink, bathe, and have fun. And if nothing’s going on that the moment, be patient! Odds are that someone will be by soon. The site also features “highlights” which are not live but capture memorable moments.


Explore the wonders of Antarctica through this immersive site. In 1912 Sir Ernest Shackleton began plans to organize the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition to cross the continent on foot. Though the expedition ultimately failed, Shackleton left behind a wealth of knowledge that would lay the groundwork for future explorers. Journey through the site to discover natural wonders, explorer outposts, and much more.



Petra is an historical and archaeological city located in southern Jordan. This fascinating and immersive tour is led by an audio guide that provides an in-depth look at this remarkable site that is thought to have been inhabited as early as 7000 B.C. A truly magical location, Petra is a geologic wonder ripe with history and mystery. Called the “Rose City” due to the native stone color, Petra’s rock-cut architecture makes this the most visited tourist destination in Jordan.


Great Barrier Reef

One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef provides an extraordinary glimpse into one of the most important underwater ecosystems on the planet. It has been under threat in recent decades, but naturalist and environmental pioneer Sir David Attenborough has made it his life’s work to bring the reef to viewers.


Buckingham Palace

Tourists to London can have the pleasure of watching the daily changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace. But with a virtual tour, visitors can now go inside the historic residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Enter the magnificent residence by touring the Grand Staircase. Then, click on the small images to explore the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room. In each area, learn about the furnishings, art, and history of these royal rooms.


Mt. Vernon

Visit the grand estate of our nation’s first president, George Washington. From its classic colonial architecture, to its formidable interior furnishings, visitors have the unique opportunity to meander from room to room to learn more about the historic significance of this American treasure. The tour features text and video for a one-of-a-kind lesson in American history.


Rain Forest

Scroll over the gorgeous canopy of a virtual Nicaraguan neo-tropical rainforest to discover the people, animals, plants, and insects that make this area one of the most vital ecosystems on the planet. Learn about the diverse display of birds and mammals, along with information about deforestation, and the human systems that make up the populations of this amazing region.


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Jennifer Hill Robenalt is the editor of Austin Family Magazine. 


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