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Fun Things to Do Without Leaving Your Couch
By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
March 30, 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic has put a temporary hold on vacation plans and closed entertainment options, self-isolation doesn't mean you have to completely miss out on your favorite attractions and activities. Many are offering virtual options so you can enjoy them from the comfort and safety of your own home until it's time to get back out and see them in person. Here are just a few of the virtual experiences you can enjoy while self-isolating.
Salem Harbor painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Boston Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


You can virtually visit your favorite art museums or explore new ones thanks to Google Arts & Culture, which has partnered with more than 2000 museums and archives to offer the world's greatest artworks online. Among the vast possibilities to explore are AAA GEMs such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Guitar with hat display at Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee.

Music and Theater

Theater fans in need of a show-tune fix can sing along to "Cats," "The Sound of Music" and other favorites on BroadwayHD, a streaming service with performances from Broadway and other top venues around the world. You can access its library of nearly 300 performances with a free seven-day trial and a monthly subscription.
The Metropolitan Opera House is offering free nightly streaming of encore presentations from its "Live in HD" series for the duration of its closure because of the coronavirus crisis. "Nightly Met Opera Streams" are available for 23 hours each beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Live concerts may be on hold in Nashville, but Music City artists are filling the void with virtual performances from their homes that you can enjoy safely in yours. You can find a schedule of upcoming concerts, recurring livestreams and previous performances here. Click on the artists' names to find concerts on their social media pages.
Netflix Watch Party

Movies and TV

Just because you're social distancing doesn't mean you can't get together and watch a movie with your friends. Netflix Party is a free Chrome browser extension that syncs video playback and includes group chat so you can join your friends for TV watch parties and movie nights.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, Sea
Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder

Nature and Outdoors

There's nothing more soothing than watching beautiful sea creatures swim by in colorful marine habitats, and some of the nation's best aquariums offer live webcams, virtual tours and educational presentations, including these AAA GEMs: Chicago's Shedd Aquarium’s Underwater Beauty live cam, the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s virtual tour and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which offers a variety of live cams.
Many zoos offer online options that are sure to cheer you up with a dose of cute. San Diego Zoo's live cams feature a variety of animals, including the Polar Bear Plunge, while Zoo Atlanta is sure to bring a smile with its Panda Cam.
While escaping to the outdoors sounds like a nice break from the confines of home, overcrowded parks can defeat the purpose of social distancing. Instead, take in the spectacular scenery through a virtual tour. The National Park Service is offering virtual tours of some of its most popular parks, including Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Walt Disney World Resort, Theme Parks, Florida
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Theme Parks

Remember your favorite Florida vacation and plan your next one with's Walt Disney World Resort Virtual Tour. Of course, no theme park experience is complete without riding the rides, but you can do this virtually, too, at Virtual Disney World on YouTube, which offers rides, shows and more in a 360-degree virtual reality environment.