Virtual Family Adventures & Activities
You can travel through Maryland with your family from the comfort of your living room. There are many ways to experience Maryland, no matter your age.
For your family time, here is a short list of virtual experiences to get you started. Explore Maryland with organizations who have devised adventures and activities just for you and the family. So get the gang together and see what you can enjoy or even create together. Nature, animals and science projects are some of the virtual experiences listed below. Crayons optional.
Chesapeake Conservancy Wildlife Webcams lets you follow the secret life of birds in Maryland. Virtual tours allow you to see the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail so you can plan your next adventure.
Peregrine Falcon, live on a ledge on the 33rd floor of the Transamerica building in downtown Baltimore. (Note: cams are a unique way to watch these beautiful birds of prey in their home, but of course that is not always easy for humans to watch.) Evidently these birds chose urban living for its executive office appeal.
Great Blue Heron are tall, bluish-gray wading birds with long, pointed bills and graceful, S-shaped necks. They live year-round in marshes and wetlands throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and are also found on freshwater lakes, ponds and impoundments. They spend about 90 percent of their waking hours hunting for food.
Osprey spend the Spring in Kent County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. They migrate thousands of miles each year to and from Central and South America, mate for life, and return to the same spot year after year, despite spending the winter apart from each other.
Maryland Zoo Live cameras bring home your favorite zoo animals in real time. Enjoy live cams and feeds featuring Penguins, Swan Nest, Lions, the Flamingo, and the Goat Corral. You'll feel like a friend when it is time to visit in person.
Experience 19th-century life at sea with one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world.
USS Constellation, famous for its place in history and a Baltimore icon, can be toured virtually.
USS Torsk, a submarine, reveals the waterproof Conning Tower, not usually visible to the public.
The Sultana team relates insider stories of the Chesapeake Bay daily. They also teach skills and history. The Sultana calls it their Virtual Classroom. We think you'll call it "after this, I can't wait for a visit."
The Watershed Journey of a Raindrop tells a simple story of a single raindrop as it travels to the Bay, going through pristine waters and polluted streams. Charming illustrations accompany the raindrop's adventures. This is one of many such short videos produced by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Check out the many educational activities CBF has developed for use at home and on-line.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers Wildlife & Heritage activities that are fun for all ages. Many projects can be accomplished indoors or close to home. You can even learn how to attract pollinator bees to your property.
B&O Railroad Museum Live illuminates the history of railroading and even throws in a virtual Morse Code keyboard! "SOS" anyone? Just by scrolling down the page, you will trace the Railroad's founding days, its many innovations, its influence on Baltimore and the introduction of what was the internet of the day: the telegraph and of course "Morse Code."
Virtual Rec, curated by Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, has ideas for all ages: the very young, teens, adults, seniors and those who want exercise without even standing up! Link to read-alongs, creative play adventures, science projects, a virtual Hogwarts, coding tips, meditation, even bird watching. Thinkport made the list, with fun and thoughtful educational programs known nationally for their quality.
NASA's International Space Station TV - Watch the view and when on duty, even hear the crew talk to Mission Control; otherwise enjoy the view.
Tour the International Space Station - Take a guided tour and see what it is like to float through the Station with an expert guide. You can do it in your socks!