Making field trip plans for the year can prove to be a difficult task. There are many things to consider such as distance and educational value of certain locations. No matter where you are across the nation, there are many destinations full of history and learning opportunities. What are some of the top field trip destinations across the nation?
While visiting America’s hub for government, students may be inclined to apply their knowledge of politics as they tour many buildings such as the various museums, memorials, and galleries. Students can experience places like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where they will be exposed to more serious events in American history. To add a more kid friendly aspect to the trip, students could visit the Newseum and the Spy Museum which will allow them to connect educationally while still providing them with a fun experience.
Are civil rights a large part of your lesson plan? Birmingham is known for it’s role in iron and steel production, but also for its major role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Students can walk the same streets and experience first-hand where activists Fred Shuttlesworth and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke and lead demonstrations. They can visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute which displays the events of bombings at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, view exhibits on Jim Crow Laws, and learn about women of the Civil Rights Movement. The immense history of this southern city even offers education on space at the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum, and science at the McWayne Science Center. That’s not all! Birmingham also presents insight into the history of music and art at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Birmingham Museum of Art!
Recorded history in Seattle may not date as far back as the history in the Eastern part of the nation, but nevertheless, Seattle has a unique opportunity for education. The seemingly endless trails that roam through Washington incorporate a mixture of shoreline and mountains, especially those of Blake Island State Park in Seattle. This Park is only accessible by boat and boasts of thorough Native American history. Students can learn through live demonstrations of Native American dance and salmon dinners. In the inner-city, students can truly experience the industry and innovation of Seattle at the Museum of History and Industry.
San Diego, California
San Diego may not present the typical type of field trip that comes to mind, but the San Diego Zoo is one of the top attractions in California. Students will not only get to be up close to animals they don’t see every day, but they get to see the replication of their natural environment. While students get to learn about animals and their habitats, they also get to see where they originate from! It is an opportunity to experience the world while never even leaving California!