Need to relax and escape reality for a while? Here are five virtual tours you can take right now!

Right now we’re living in stressful times, with little chance to escape. So why not leave reality for a while and take a relaxing virtual tour?

Now more than ever it’s important to safeguard your emotional and mental wellbeing, whilst spending a lot of time indoors. 

And one easy (and free!) way to help relax your mind and escape from reality is through virtual tours and many aquariums, parks and tourist attractions around the world are offering these tours to help people stay curious and occupied.

The team at Uswitch has compiled a list of the best virtual tours for when you just need to relax. So, find a quiet spot, put on a relaxing playlist, and get away from it all.

Think of these virtual tours as the ultimate wellness retreat where you can zone out and let your cursor escort you through beautiful scenery, sea life and nature parks.

1) Cliffs of Moher, Ireland 

Relax during golden hour by viewing the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. You can take a virtual tour of the famous Irish geological landmark on the Cliffs of Moher website.

2) The National Aquarium, Baltimore  

Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium. Navigate through different floors and scenes to explore close to 20,000 animals at the National Aquarium. 

Animal index

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Bony Fish
  • Cartilaginous Fish
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles

The National Aquarium strives to enhance ocean and climate literacy for everyone, drawing from environmental justice principles in our ongoing work around climate change. 

View the virtual tour here.

3) National Parks, USA

Discover the hidden worlds of the National Parks with the virtual tour that explores five of America’s most beautiful parks. From Kenai Fjords in Alaska to Dry Tortugas in Florida these virtual tours will transport you to another world:

  • Kenai Fjords, Alaska: Rappel into a crevasse, kayak through icebergs, and watch a glacier recede in this National Park Virtual Tour. 
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes, Hawai: Fly over an active volcano, explore a lava tube, and look out across volcanic cliffs. 
  • Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico: Fly with thousands of bats, explore incredible formations, and trek by headlamp through a cave. 
  • Bryce Canyon, Utah: Gaze up at the night sky, ride horseback through a canyon, and see hoodoos close up. 
  • Dry Tortugas, Florida: Dive a shipwreck, swim through the third-largest coral reef in the world, and tour a civil war-era fort. 

This virtual tour has lots to offer here.

4) Georgia Aquarium, Georgia 

Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam. With lots of different live webcams from the Georgia Aquarium such as a Jelly webcam, African Penguin, Beluga Whale, Ocean Voyager, Piranha, Otter, Underwater Puffin and Sea Lion you’ll have plenty of relaxation time to sit and watch all the interesting animals at this aquarium. 

Animal index

  • Amphibians 
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals 
  • Reptiles 
  • Sharks and Rays 

See the list of different webcams here.

5) New England Aquarium, Boston

Join New England Aquarium for live presentations, new videos and activities that you can get involved in from home. Their daily presentations are posted every day at 11am. Watch as acquarianists feed the penguins and octopus and many other animals that the aquarium has to offer. Unwind with the live stream from inside the giant ocean tank exhibit. 

Animal index

  • African Penguin
  • American Lobster
  • Balloonfish
  • California Sea Lion
  • Common Cuttlefish 
  • Cownose Ray
  • Giant Pacific Octopus 
  • Green Anaconda 
  • Green Sea Turtle 
  • Lionfish 
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle 
  • Pacific Sea Nettle 
  • Southern Rockhopper Penguin 
  • Northern Fur Seal 

Check out their presentations here.

Main photo by Tom Donders