Magic Carpet Apps for That

Written by: Tom Hilton. Posted: May 27, 2020. 



As I mentioned in the introduction to "My Internet Enabled Life, you can see the world while sitting at your PC in your own house or apartment.

Here is a list of websites that offer an amazing assortment of places to visit, theater performances to watch, TV series, and movies.   


Technology You Will Need

Warning, you will need a sound-enabled PC so you can hear what is going on.  Most laptops have built-in speakers as do many PC monitors - but not all.   

Another alternative, perhaps an even superior one, is to pug headphones or earbuds into your laptop or PC.  If your headphones have a big standard RCA jack (the shiny metal male part of the plug), you can buy a 6.35mm (1/4 inch) Male to 3.5mm (1/8 inch) Male adapter for the smaller female slot common on many PCs.  Most earbuds come with the smaller 3.5mm jack. 

Volume adjustment might be on one of the ear cups of headphones.  If you hear no sound, check the headphone volume adjustments.  If still no sound, check the lower righthand side of the toolbar at the bottom of the screen - click the little speaker icon to unmute and/or increase-decrease volume.  If still no sound, move your cursor over the lower right portion of the website and click on the speaker icon there too - it also might have a volume slider



World-class Museums You Can Tour Virtually

World Class Museums

This website provides tours of 12 world-class museums:

Just scroll through the website and click on the hyperlinks to visit the museum’s virtual visit options. Warning, navigation at each museum takes a little trial and error to master, but you get a lot of information with the photos and you can usually zoom in and out for close-up views. Also, some museums provide sound effects, background music, and/ or narratives.



Ivy League Courses You Can Take from Home

Online Courses

450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free:

You might not want to invest the time to earn a PhD, but you might be curious about Aristotle, why Rome fell, how to build a database, learn about Italian Opera, architecture, and much more. Just scroll down a few pages to get to the course links. Courses are grouped by field of interest.



Virtual Tours: Pyramids, Taj Mahal, & More

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts & Culture:

This page offers a lot of links to virtual tours to places you never thought you would see like the Pyramids, Taj Mahal, Opera houses, famous artists’ studio museums. You can stroll down the streets of neighborhoods whose buildings have been covered with street art, or even tour cities like Paris.



US National Park Virtual Tours

National Parks Carlsbad

Visit US National Parks:

This page enables you to pick a park and view it from paths, mountain tops, and even bird’s-eye views. Usually the tours are narrated.



Virtual Dives

Virtual Dives

Go diving in National Underwater Sanctuaries:

Never been scuba diving before? Here is your virtual chance to see what you missed without getting wet! A variety of tours are one mouse click away.



Broadway from your Computer


Broadway at the click of a mouse (though not always free):

  • For about $9.00/month, you can watch films of recent and even ongoing NYC Broadway musicals and dramatic plays on
  • Do you prefer Covent Garden to Broadway? You can watch London's theater at DigitalTheatre. It too is a subscription service but costs about the same as £7.99/month. You can sign up online with any US credit card. Warning, it might be cheaper to purchase an annual subscription if your credit card charges a currency exchange fee, as such fees are often flat regardless of amount.
  • One of our almost daily watches is Amazon Prime. We joined for the discounts and expedited shipping. The cost is $119/year. We never even looked at Amazon Prime Video for the 1st two years until a friend suggested checking it out. Not only are there tons of free old movies accessible, but also a lot of Amazon-produced TV series which, if you wish, you can watch an entire season in one all-day sitting. In addition, Amazon offers older TV series from sources like Netflix and HBO, and especially from BBC. They are usually excellently produced, and many of the BBC series were never re-broadcast by our PBS. They also provide access to recent and current movies, but those require an a la carte fee.  But , hey, you can watch a recently released movie and not have to pay a taxicab to and from the nearest cineplex moviehouse.



Movies, Books, Music

Still want more??? 

Google or type "Free Music," "Free Movies," or "Free Books" in your browser's search bar.  That should keep you busy many many months to come. 

WARNING: When searching for anything "Free" it is best to ensure your anti-malware or anti-virus protection is not switched off before you download any file to your computer as some "Free" files come with free viruses, trojan horses, adware, and other malware. 

If you are streaming online (i.e., not downloading a file) many free sites like are less likely to infect your PC.



View the Series


An Internet Enabled Life

Having used technology all my working life, and now being retired, I notice that many of my peers are missing out on some of the benefits that come with appropriate use of the latest technology.

In this first of a series of articles, I start by just describing my Internet-enabled life. In other parts of the series, we offer essays describing a myriad of ways the Internet can enrich your day. I want to get you “hooked” to the Internet.



Reader Comments: "Magic Carpet Apps for That"


from Edmund Benson (unverified) at May 31, 2020

Excellent information that I will use and share with friends. I think the Captain should be promoted to Admiral for his awesome work.


from Tomonthebeach (member) at June 01, 2020

Mr. Benson, thanks for the kind words.  They're motivating.


from Tsunamisue (unverified) at July 07, 2020

Thank You Tom Hilton for opening up a whole new world to our family. The information in this article gave us exactly what we needed!


from Tom Hilton (unverified) at July 08, 2020

Tsunamisue, I appreciate your encouragement. Stay tuned, we're working on surfing the Internet tips next.


from faengelm (member) at July 11, 2020

Hi Tom, Thanks for posting this. I have shared with several others and they are really enjoying them

Have you looked into the long, relaxing videos on YouTube? e.g.

They look even better if you "cast" them to your TV using either Chromecast, Samsung Smart View, or Apple Air Play.




from Tomonthebeach (member) at July 12, 2020

faengelm, I always like to hear that people are benefiting from my contributions. Alas, I do not have to cast Youtube programs because we have a home entertainment PC attached to our TV. That gives us the flexibility of watching DVDs, boring neighbors with vacation jpgs, and viewing downloaded movies in addition to internet streaming. We unsubscribed from our provider, a Comcast subsidiary, and subscribe (for now) to Youtube TV and Amazone Prime. Mostly we watch Prime TV series as they are very well-produced compared to the junk on commercial TV and it is often 4K quality to boot. I will eventually get around to streaming, but currently, Richard and I are working on web surfing tips.


from nancy jamieson (unverified) at August 01, 2022

Your public library: a free card/account will give you access to downloadable e-books, audio books and access to streaming film - depending on where you are.
App is 'Libby" (or possibly 'outlook' ) for ebooks/audio books and Kanopy for film. all free.

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