Fun Field Trips for Kids
Jun 01, 2011
Field trips can provide a terrific learning opportunity for kids. While there are many great sites to see throughout the United States, there are also worthwhile places to visit more locally. The following list includes a mix of field trips to sites around the country and some you might find in your own town.
#1 The Smithsonian
Located in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian is an impressive collection of museums, research centers and the National Zoo. There are fascinating things to see for children of all ages, including classic works of art, important artifacts from history and interactive attractions aimed at children. You could visit just one museum or spend many days exploring the various sites that comprise the Smithsonian.
#2 The Grand Canyon
For an awe-inspiring lesson in geology, consider taking your child on a field trip to the Grand Canyon. The massive canyon and winding Colorado River are breathtaking to behold. They can also help your child understand how geological forces work over vast expanses of time.
#3 The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Whether or not your ancestors first arrived in the United States through Ellis Island, this historical landmark provides a remarkable window into the nation's past. For millions of Americans, the Statue of Liberty was their first sign of the country and Ellis Island was their first stop. Today, both sites provide a wonderful field trip and an opportunity to teach your child about how this nation of immigrants was formed.
#4 Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park is a treasured wilderness area with boundless opportunities for fun and learning. There are huge mountains, rolling meadows, serene lakes and abundant wildlife within the park. It's a great spot for camping trips in which your family can connect with nature. It's also ideal for day trips during which you can go hiking, have a picnic or enjoy a scenic drive.
#5 The Freedom Trail
Winding through historic Boston, Massachusetts, the Freedom Trail includes 16 notable sites from the American Revolution and the early days of the nation. You can teach your child about history while visiting the Old North Church, USS Constitution or Bunker Hill Monument. You can also see the final resting places of many early patriots, such as Paul Revere, Crispus Attucks and Samuel Adams.
#6 A Local Art Museum
There are numerous ways in which you can foster learning at a local art museum. For many children, art museums spark an interest in creating their own art, whether through painting, sculpture or photography. Art museums with far-reaching collections also provide a window into other cultures and eras throughout history.
#7 A Nearby Zoo
Your nearby zoo can teach your child about many different types of animals and the habitats in which they live. If you plan a field trip to a zoo, be sure to take your time with the exhibits that most interest your child. Patiently observing the animals while they are feeding or playing is a great way to understand various species.
#8 A Local Bakery
A field trip to a local bakery offers your child a window into a local business; touring your local bakery can give your child a chance to understand how the baked goods you buy are manufactured. Your child can also learn about how bakers perform some of the same tasks you might in your home kitchen, only on a much larger scale.
#9 A Local Fire Station
Fire stations can be popular field trip destinations because of the excitement firefighters invoke for children. Your local firefighters may allow your child to slide down the fire station's pole, try on pieces of their gear or sit in a fire truck. Your child can also learn about the many tools firefighters use to fight fires and keep people safe.
#10 A Nearby Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife sanctuaries are wonderful places to observe local wildlife in a natural setting. Some wildlife sanctuaries also feature exotic animals in a habitat that provides more freedom and interaction between the species than you'd find in a zoo. When visiting a wildlife sanctuary, your child may develop a better understanding of the wildlife in your local area.
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