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Virtual Experiences for Family, Friends, and Co-workers

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There’s no shortage of virtual experiences. They’re the perfect remedy for cabin fever and can bring together family, friends, or coworkers.

Craving some one-on-one time with friends, but struggling to find time? Try a virtual cooking class you can do together right from home. Can’t wait until your next planned vacation? Explore the world from your laptop.

Need a fun activity to do with your virtual team? Plan a virtual happy hour or wine tasting.

We’ve rounded up some of the best virtual experiences the internet has to offer.

Virtual Experiences to Match Your Favorite Hobby

A virtual experience is an online activity. Many offer virtual reality-like content — for instance, 360 degree video or photos. 

Stroll through a digital space, taking in the sights and sounds. Learn about history, art, and culture. Or, walk through immersive environments to get in touch with nature.

There are also online classes to take, or games and activities to share with those closest to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Virtual Travel Experiences

virtual experiences: Great Barrier Reef

Image credit: David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef

There’s a whole world to see. Save your vacation time and travel with virtual experiences.

Museum Tours

Soak up some history and visit the most coveted museums on the planet.

Historic museums around the world offer virtual tours. Here are a few to explore:

  • British Museum: Stroll through the halls of this expansive museum founded in 1753. Explore over 60 galleries, including the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery that houses the Rosetta Stone.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met 360° Project is a series of six videos giving you a 360-degree view of this New York museum. The experience offers perspectives that are only available online — like empty galleries after-hours or bird’s-eye views.
  • Google Arts & Culture: Google amassed a huge collection of virtual experiences. There are 360-degree tours of museums and art galleries from nearly every major city in the world. Other experiences include interactive games that teach art, culture, and history.

City Walking Tours

Explore famous cities and landmarks without leaving your own home.

  • The Vatican: Choose from 14 different virtual tours of The Vatican. Notable sights include the elaborate ceilings of the Sistine Chapel and Sistine Halls.
  • Kayak Virtual Guides: Take a virtual vacation to places like Amsterdam, Paris, or Mexico City. Virtual tours consist of sights on Google Earth, language lessons, and recipes for local cuisine.
  • 360cities: 360cities has a vast collection of 360-degree panoramas and videos. Stop at the bustling Shibuya crossing in Tokyo or stroll the narrow alleys of Barcelona.

Nature Tours

See the great outdoors without having to pull out your camping gear. Around the world, national parks and natural wonders offer unique virtual experiences.

  • Yosemite National Park: Virtual Yosemite offers interactive 360-degree panoramas within the national park. It covers over 250 different sites, with details about each location. Take in the amazing views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the giant sequoias.
  • Grand Tour of Switzerland: Virtually travel through Switzerland by car or train taking in spectacular views of the entire country. You’ll see 12 UNESCO sites, and encounter breathtaking lakes and alpine views during the virtual tour.
  • Great Barrier Reef: The soothing voice of David Attenborough guides you through a virtual expedition of the Great Barrier Reef. Track your distance traveled, sailing time, and reef loss since the start of your journey. Along the way, learn about the reef with interactive experiences on how a Mantis Shrimp sees, how pollution affects reef depletion, and other topics.

Virtual Games and Entertainment

Use Gather to set up an entertaining social event or play games online. Here are some options. 

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Virtual scavenger hunts consist of finding household items, solving clues, and completing challenges as fast as possible.

Divide your group into teams and race the clock. The first team to complete all the challenges wins.

Follow our guide to virtual scavenger hunts to plan a fun online experience with your friends, family, or coworkers.

Netflix Watch Party

There’s no need to leave the house when you can have a Netflix watch party. Throw some popcorn in the microwave, grab your favorite movie snacks, and get comfortable.

Binge-watch your favorite series, or stream that new movie everyone has been talking about.

Launch the Gather app and send your friends a link to join. Load your favorite show or movie and share your screen so everyone can enjoy together.

Virtual Games

Play virtual games and compete with others while chatting on a video conferencing platform like Gather.

Enter the “Build” section of Gather and choose “Open Object Picker.” Select the “Poker” object and place it on the map.

Copy the link and send it to your friends to join. Sit around the poker table and stare down your opponents. Spot a bluff, and figure out who has the worst poker face in your group.

virtual experiences: poker game

You can also play Draw Battle with Gather. It’s like the digital version of the game Pictionary and is sure to cause some laughs.

virtual experiences: screenshot of a virtual meeting

Split up into teams of at least two people. Teams draw a word at the same time for their teammates to guess. The team who guesses the correct word first wins that round. You’re sure to win if your team is full of artists. Good luck if you err on the side of chicken scratch.

Virtual Culinary Experiences

Vivant website

Image credit: Vivant

Improve your culinary skills, try new wines, or meet friends for a drink. Gather can help you plan virtual experiences for your stomach.

Virtual Cooking Classes

Pull out your favorite apron and learn from cooking pros. Stream online cooking classes for free. 

Register for a free live stream cooking class with the Institute of Culinary Education. Try different recipes guided by professional chefs and ask questions in real-time as you cook.

Or if you prefer, watch pre-recorded cooking classes. Learn baking tips from Bon Appétit’s Baking School or essential cooking techniques with Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course.

Wine Tasting

Set up your own wine tasting event. Compare different wine varietals and choose your favorite.

You can order wine tasting kits from sites like Vivant or In Good Taste.

They give an immersive and educational experience. You’ll learn how to swirl, sniff, and sip your wine, plus choose the best food pairings.

Order wine tasting kits and meet in a breakout room on Gather. Go one step further and create a dinner-themed room where your group can meet and taste wines together.

Virtual Happy Hour

A fun virtual experience can be as simple as hanging out with friends or coworkers at a virtual happy hour. Schedule a happy hour and set work aside. Meet your friends or coworkers on Gather to unwind after a long day.

Follow a happy hour theme to make it more entertaining. For example, tell everyone to dress in their best ’80s attire or Hawaiin shirts.

Virtual Wellness Experiences

CorePower Yoga website

Image credit: CorePower Yoga

Virtual wellness experiences keep you active and healthy. Skip the gym and try one of these activities.

Yoga Routines

Dust off your yoga mat, stretch out your legs, and reach your virtual zen.

There are countless online yoga routines you can stream for free. CorePower Yoga On-Demand has lots of content to get you started.

Stream a yoga session on Gather and share your screen with the group. You’ll be able to see everyone through video chat and can give each other pointers on poses and stretches.

Dance Classes

Think you have two left feet? Free online dance classes can change that.

Practice on your own with seven-day free trials from STEEZY or DancePlug. These platforms offer different viewing angles, virtual mirrors, and the ability to slow down the video to improve your moves.

Another option: Battery Dance TV features a free library of dance tutorials. Meet your friends on Gather, stream a lesson, and dance your heart out. 

Try a New Virtual Experience

Virtual experiences are a great way to connect with friends, family, or coworkers without being in the same place. Use these experiences to change things up and do something out of the norm.Try a platform like Gather to enhance your experience and create a sense of togetherness.