Take a stroll in nature with a virtual botanical garden tour. Gardens and arboretums around the country offer video tours of their grounds in full bloom.
Start off with a summer tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Next, enjoy the top 10 attractions of the Kew Gardens, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens in England. For an educational twist, the virtual tour of the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas, features information about the garden and its plants.
4. Learn a language
Could there be a better time to learn a language than when you’re at home with easy access to the internet?
Duolingo has free courses in many languages, including Japanese, Arabic, Spanish, French and German. Or challenge yourself to learn Navajo, Swahili or Scottish Gaelic.
5. Stay fit with exercise classes
Staying home doesn’t have to entail sitting on the couch all day. You’ll find many free, online exercise programs to keep you fit.
At your local public library you will find free audiobooks and e-books even while the physical location is closed. Many libraries offer free movies for streaming through Hoopla, a digital media service for libraries. Here are 10 things you can get for free with a library card.
Right now, Audible is also offering select free audio books for adults and kids. Choose from classics such as “Jane Eyre,” “The Call of the Wild” or “Paradise Lost.”
Explore Hawaii’s natural beauty with a YouTube trek through the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden to learn about the plants and flowers that grow on the Big Island of Hawaii.
After that, use Google Arts & Culture to visit the Hawaiian rainforest and tour the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
13. Enjoy opera at home
If you enjoy opera, you’ll love watching your favorites from the comfort of your couch. The Metropolitan Opera offers “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” with streaming recordings of popular operas such as Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”
Each night’s performance is available for 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the next day. Here’s the schedule of performances.
14. Explore the International Space Station
You can get a peek inside the International Space Station with this virtual tour. Move around and see first-hand how astronauts spend their days while in space.