50+ Field Trip Ideas

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Field trips provide valuable learning experiences for our students (and adults, too!) You can tie them to a topic your child is learning about currently, something they are interested in, to teach them about different aspects of their community, or just for fun, too! Experience is the best teacher, after all!

Take a tour!

Some of our favorite field trips have been tours of local businesses or facilities. We’ve learned so much from the kind individuals who took our group on tours of their place of business, and it gives our families a better sense of community, too. Check out their website (some will have a tour or education section) or try to reach a manager (if contacting a place of business) to see if they do tours.

  • Water treatment facilities
  • Power Plant
  • Dam
  • Factory or Manufacturing Facility (food, cars, whatever is a product made in your area)
  • Recycling Center
  • Waste Management Center
  • Visit your state capitol or local court house
  • Dairy Farm
  • Working Farm or Orchard
  • Honey Bee Farm
  • Fire Department
  • Police Department
  • Post Office
  • Library
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Grocery Store
  • Small, private airport
  • Bakery or Restaurant (Chick-fil-a, California Pizza Kitchen, etc)
  • TV News Station
  • Newspaper
  • Large Events Center
  • Cave Tour
  • Local Mines / Pan for Gold

Art / Music / Learn from local artisans

  • Pottery craftsman
  • Glass blowing
  • A place that pours melted iron into molds
  • Visit local arts festivals
  • See if your city’s local orchestra or symphony has “children’s concerts” for schools during the daytime. Some do, at a discounted rate, and with instruction between songs!
  • Visit a local play or ballet. Again, check for day performances for schools at a discounted rate!
  • Art Museum

Historical Events

  • Reenactment events
  • Renaissance Festivals
  • Living History Organizations
  • Local Historic Sites (homes, buildings, etc.)
  • Museum of Local History

Science and Nature

  • State Parks
  • National Parks
  • Botanic Garden
  • Aquarium
  • Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Zoo
  • Conservation Center
  • Local University observatories or labs
  • Audubon Society
  • Take nature walks. Play in a creek.
  • Planetarium
  • Arboretum
  • Local Orchards for apple picking in the fall
  • Local berry patches for berry picking
  • Science Museum

Volunteer as a family

  • Food Pantry
  • Become Cultural Mentors to refugees new to your country
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Bring a meal to Ronald McDonald House (charity housing for out-of-town families with kids at a local Children’s Hospital for extended stays.)
  • Sing or play instruments at Nursing Homes and/or visit the residents
  • Animal Shelter
  • Find a cause your family supports and see how you can volunteer your time with them

Do you have any general field trip ideas that I may have missed? I’d love to keep updating this list!

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