Get out while staying in with these virtual tours around Milwaukee County

If social distancing has you feeling cooped up, these links from some of our favorite places around the County should help.

Staying home and practicing social distancing is the right thing to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. But let's face it, it's hard not to feel a little confined from time to time.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, though, there are plenty of options for exploring all that Milwaukee County has to offer from the comfort of your couch.

Below are some free virtual tours and activities you can check out right now. If you have suggestions for more that can be added to this list, please email

The Milwaukee County Zoo: The Zoo may be closed, but you can check out their virtual exhibits and pictures from zookeepers. Be sure to say “hi” to the giraffes for us!

Photo Courtesy: Milwaukee County Zoo

Wisconsin Black Historical Society Learning Center: This museum offers a collection of lesson plans and programs that allows kids at home to learn about the history of African Americans in Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Art Museum: This museum has an overabundance of options for art lovers, including a 360-degree experience of Windhover Hall, their online collection, audio guides, podcasts, videos, and even teaching resources for kids.

Photo Courtesy: Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum: The museum has started a weekly newsletter (including downloadable activities, behind-the-scenes photos of artifacts, etc.) to assure its subscribers that "learning is always open at MPM." There also are links to "MPM Untold," the museum's video series about various collections and research.

Milwaukee Public Library: You can explore Milwaukee’s past in their historic photo archive.

Photo Courtesy: Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee County Parks: Missing nature? The County Parks Department has lots of online content and activities, including calming drone videos of the parks (Slow TV) and a fun #staysafeathome community squirrel census. To take part you'll simply watch for squirrels in your garden, backyard or neighborhood and record your sightings to earn electronic badges!

Mitchell Park Domes: Each week, the Friends of the Mitchell Park Domes are bringing you new educational videos, family friendly nature-related activities, along with a little horticultural humor!

Discovery World: Discovery World is bringing the fun and learning to you! Throughout the week, you will find experiments, investigations, and design challenges that you can do with materials that you probably already have around the house.