Exploring a Virtual St. Louis

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Although many area attractions are opening back up, at least in limited capacities, we understand that many area families are still looking for ways to have fun from the safety of their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, most local museums, parks, zoos and more are still offering fantastic (and usually free!) virtual experiences.

Check out a few of our favorites below and click here for Explore St. Louis’ in-depth look at all the virtual options available throughout the area.

The Butterfly House

Follow The Butterfly House on Facebook for a plethora of fun and educational videos, including “Snack Chats” featuring many of the insects found at the attraction.

The Cardinals

Love the Cardinals? Looking for fun learning activities at home? The Cardinals Academic Program (CAP) at Home is perfect for you! Complete a worksheet from the “All-Star Anatomy” or “Cardinal Directions” category and take it in to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum once they reopen to receive one free child’s admission with the purchase of an adult admission!

The Gateway Arch

Check out “Arch at Home” for a coloring page, a “Spot the Difference” puzzle, videos featuring stories about local landmarks and legends and more! You can also watch this video for a virtual tram ride to the top of the arch.

Forest Park

Forest Park’s Instagram and Facebook accounts offer a live look into the goings on at this beautiful city park. You can also bring the relaxing sounds of Forest Park into your home at ListenForestPark.org – here, you’ll find sound clips from areas around the park, including John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest, Prairie Boardwalk, Picnic Island, the Grand Basin and more.

Missouri History Museum

The Missouri Historical Society’s website features multiple “Learning at Home” opportunities. These include everything from virtual tours of current and past exhibits, activities where kids can design a park or clothespin character, historical documentaries and more.

Purina Farms

If you or your child loves animals, the Purina Farms YouTube channel is right up your alley! Find multiple playlist featuring cute animals, trainer spotlights, pet care tips and more.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

For more animal fun, check out the St. Louis Aquarium’s website for a plethora of live and pre-recorded options! They host "Quaranstreams" on Facebook featuring live looks at various habitats, Q&A sessions where you can learn more about various animals, videos about different creatures around the aquarium and more.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Looking for a history lesson? The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site has an immersive Google 360 Tour complete with stunning imagery as well as a plethora of facts about the estate, its residents and more.