Virtually vacationing during quarantine 


Ericka Muncy

Video tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as seen on a laptop.

Adhering to the stay-at-home order from the governor does not mean you have to miss out on taking a vacation or experiencing a famous attraction–virtually. 

Open up your computer, and take a free, online tour of some of the top spots around the world, including amusement parks, aquariums and famous museums. Here are a variety of virtual tours that can make you feel your vacation is right at your fingertips.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City’s world-famous museum offers a spectacular virtual experience to make it seem like you’re actually touring the expansive space that is home to thousands of famous art pieces. If using your smartphone, move your phone up and down or behind you to experience the museum at every angle. The “Met”  is the largest museum in the U.S. with a total of 6,953,927 visitors in 2018. Now, you can experience the wide range of beautiful art featured at the “Met” in your own comfort, without any disruption.

Walt Disney World

Disney World is one of Florida’s most popular and populated tourist spots. With numerous attractions, rides, gift shops and cafes, the experience is often once-in-a-lifetime, but now, you can experience Disney World right from your device. With the VisitOrlando website, you can access all five of Disney’s most popular parks, including Epcot and Animal Kingdom. It also gives you the opportunity to explore Disney hotels and virtually see what your stay would be like if you were there in person.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of Universal Studios’ most famous parks can now be toured from home. You can virtually visit famous stops like Hogsmeade Village, Honeydukes Candy Shop, Ollivanders Wand Shop and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. The Harry Potter tour opens up a whole new experience for people who have never been to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Videos are also provided to show musical and skit acts of characters reenacting scenes from the movies, in addition to the grand opening.

The Florida Aquarium

Interested in seeing your favorite ocean animals and sea life, from the comfort of your couch? Take a virtual tour of Tampa’s famous Florida Aquarium. There are a multitude of YouTube videos that give you the tour of your choice. There is also a live video tour at 10 a.m. every day on the aquarium’s Facebook page, and if you miss it, you can re-watch the videos after they are directly posted onto the aquarium’s website.

Zoo Tampa 

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Hop on your computer right now and see all of your favorite wildlife via the virtual tour at Tampa’s popular zoo. Zoo Tampa also offers a live video tour on their Facebook page to give viewers a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo and animal habitats. You can also watch team members care for and feed the animals. Enjoy different exhibits of your favorite animals and of how they spend their days, all while social distancing.

More Options

If you are looking to experience both fun and informational tours, here are some links to scope out your favorite historical museums and more Florida attractions.