6 Educational Trip Ideas Your Kids Will Love

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Take advantage of the ability to school on the go by planning educational vacations. Try these educational trip ideas your kids will love.

Written by Sara of Heart and Soul Homeschooling

The freedom to hop in the car and take lessons on the road is one of the many amazing benefits of homeschooling. Summer is in full swing, and many families are thinking about travel. So, learn as you travel with a field-trip-worthy summer vacation destination.

6 Educational Trip Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Consider these six educational trip ideas your kids will love.

Huntsville, AL

First, take your science lessons to the next level with a trip to Space Camp. Head to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Visitors get an up-close view of space shuttles while learning about NASA’s space achievements.

If space camp is too adventurous for your family, you can still enjoy the museum’s dozens of interactive exhibits.

Washington DC

From government institutions to amazing museums, the nation’s capital is an excellent educational trip idea.

A homeschool field trip to Washington, D.C., allows your family to see our government in action. For example, you can take a stroll down the National Mall. Study historical documents in the National Archives and Records Administration. Or, view beautiful art and amazing natural exhibits at one of the Smithsonian Museums.

6 Educational Trip Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Grand Canyon National Park

Next, try expanding your family’s nature and science curriculum. Take a trip to the Grand Canyon! A hike or bicycle ride through the canyon lets you view the geological rock formations up close. Or head to the Desert View Watchtower to get a panoramic view of the entire park.

Families with older kids might enjoy a more adventurous view of the canyon. For instance, try a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River.

6 Educational Trip Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Colonial Williamsburg

Take a step back in time to learn about life during Colonial times. A fantastic living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg offers a glimpse of life in 18th-century Virginia. Your kids will love getting a hands-on history lesson as they roam the streets of the village or watch battle reenactments.

Bend, OR

Next up, consider Bend, Oregon. This educational trip idea lets your family can experience the Oregon Trail firsthand.

Also, the High Desert Museum offers tons of historical activities. For example, kids can try candle-dipping and butter churning. You can view exciting animal exhibits. Each interactive display gives visitors a glimpse of life on the historic trek across the country.

6 Educational Trip Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Navarre Beach

Finally, try an educational beach trip. Visit Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Kids can learn about marine life at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Visitors learn about conservation through hands-on animal encounters and fun sensory stations.

It doesn’t matter if you’re into camping and nature or you prefer museums and living history. These locations are ideal for an educational adventure and fun family memories!

Where would you choose to plan an educational family trip? Are there any great educational locations nearby where you live?

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Sara Jordan is a homeschooling mom of three creative girls. They believe in literature-rich learning with living books. Relaxed, delight-directed learning is their approach so they follow interests and explore ideas to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Their emphasis is on nurturing creativity, curiosity, character, and connection. Sara is an author/speaker/consultant who loves to inspire other homeschool moms on her blog, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, and with the resources she creates in the Heart and Soul Homeschooling shop. You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. Love this— thanks for sharing those great ideas! We live near Bend, OR and agree it’s ripe with educational opportunity. We’re also beginning to plan an DC/Colonial Williamsburg trip for the next year or so. This summer we did a literary tour to Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables, to accompany our homeschool lessons, and we did a similar trip to Harry Potter World after finishing Rowling’s works. https://untoadoption.org/green-gables-literary-tour/

    1. Wow, what a great trip! I would LOVE to see Prince Edward Island. Anne of Green Gables is one of our all-time favorite books. I love literary field trips! 🙂

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